6 Unique + Motivational Movies for Entrepreneurs

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Hollywood (and everyone else) loves glamorizing the underdog, showing off a lead characters struggle to the top and end result of amassed riches (Scarface, Blow, Wolf of Wall Street), but my favorite are the less extravagant and off the beaten path blockbusters.

Sure, you can find a motivational story in almost anything you can stream on Netflix or Amazon Video, but here’s my top list of movies you must watch. I spout references all day, usually to people who have no idea what I’m talking about, I can nearly recite some of these movies from start to finish, for good reason. Get familiar with these and get some inspiration and memorable quotes to throw around at your next sales pitch or to remind you to get your ass moving on your next lazy day.

#6 – Limitless

PG-13 | 1h 45min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 18 March 2011 (USA)

Limitless is a movie about wonder drug ‘NZT’, which turns Bradley Cooper from sloth-like “writer” into a stock trading, multi-language comprehending, upper class genius. It’s a dream drug and has, in my opinion, inspired a market of scammy ‘nootropic’ drug makers to come out of the woodwork, claiming to make you smarter and more focussed from some FDA un-approved pill.

The movie, though not sales related, is motivational, when he starts on the pill, he realizes how lazy he’s been and how he hadn’t been taking advantage of any of his potential, we don’t need (or have) NZT to realize this about ourselves, to start moving on a project, to finish tasks we put off, or to get our ass in gear on something we have always wished to do.

#5 – Catch Me If You Can

PG-13 | 2h 21min | Biography, Crime, Drama | 25 December 2002 (USA)

Allegedly based closely on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr., one of the most infamous con artists, Catch Me If You Can is full of quick wit and comedic sales pitches. I’m not talking product sales, but self sales. Leonardo DiCaprio swindles his way into millions of dollars of forged checks, a Pan Am airline pilot, a lawyer, and more, while constantly being pursued by the FBI. 

A lot of scenes in the movie seem to be inspired by the famous quote, “act like you’ve been there before”, which is something we all need when giving sales pitches, put on the spot in a meeting, or entering uncharted territory.

#4 – Glengarry Glen Ross

R | 1h 40min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2 October 1992 (USA)

One of the most famous sales movies of all time, with a bill featuring Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, and others, you’re thrown into the world of high pressure real estate sales, the struggle of the typical suited salesmen, and the high brow ‘made it’ salesmen trying to get a fire started with a group of seemingly helpless real estate sales men at a small firm.

Plenty of scenes really drive home the difficulty and ever shifting world of sales in this Oscar nominated classic, one of the most memorable above (be wary of a few cuss words and homophobic slurs, in 1992 things were a little different, apparently). Ask anyone in a sales position that’s over the age of 30 and they’ll recite their favorite lines from Glengarry.

#3 – The Founder

PG-13 | 1h 55min | Biography, Drama, History | 20 January 2017 (USA)

The Founder is about the meteoric rise of the world’s largest fast-food chain, “McDonald’s”. Originally founded by two bothers and essentially taken over by a man named Ray Krok. The movie covers Ray’s initial struggles as a door to door salesmen and failed inventor, to his ruthless takeover of the business from the McDonald brothers and his ultimate rise to insane levels of success.

The first quarter of the movie covers the typical door in face situations most struggling salesmen go through, the rest though provides a great amount of motivation and troubleshooting of things as shown above, even the way the McDonald brothers went about creating their first successful restaurants’ floor plan and work flow is interesting and insightful.

The sad story of the McDonald brothers is a great lesson, don’t get into business with snakes, cover yourself any way you can, yet if you have an idea, have the motivation and desire to succeed, don’t let a few ‘minor details’ get in your way. Absolutely worth watching!

Entrepreneurial Quote: 
Ray Kroc: While you two boys were content to sit back and become a couple of also-rans… I wanna take the future. I wanna win. And you don’t get there by being some “aw shucks” guy sap. There’s no place in business for people like that. Business is war. It’s dog eat dog, rat eat rat. If my competitor were drowning, I’d walk over and put a hose right in his mouth. Can you say the same?
Mac McDonald: [pause] I can’t. Nor would I want to.
Ray Kroc: Hence, your single location.

#2 – Tommy Boy

PG-13 | 1h 37min | Adventure, Comedy | 31 March 1995 (USA)

Being born into a family of entrepreneurs and succesful business people, I can strangely relate to the world Chris Farley is in, Tommy Boy. Being apart of an established name is hard, especially when you’re on the outs of the business, or started late, or are thrown into a tough spot you know nothing about. No, this isn’t a joke being placed at #2.

The comedy hits the struggle of being a salesmen competing with big players hilariously yet accurately. Above is a clip we are all familiar with, trying to get a ‘yes’ from a bunch of cold called ‘no’ men who are already set in their ways. Though the scene is hilarious, that awkward sense of failure bleeds through the screen.

#1 – Boiler Room

R | 2h | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 18 February 2000 (USA)

One of my all time favorite movies, business related or not, and totally under the radar to pretty much everyone, Boiler Room. When I got my first ‘sales’ job at West Business Services right out of highschool, after my first day of training I was told to watch this TWICE before coming back the next day. I obviously had no problem watching a movie with young Vin Diesel, Ben Affleck, Scott Caan, Jamie Kennedy, and Giovanni Ribisi?!

Tons of quotes are totally memorable and inspiring, my favorite scene is above, one of which I’ve made a half-assed attempt to replicate after being sucked into a MLM presentation (sorry, Balky). There’s a few scenes with sales calls and training that though are totally unethical and never going to really happen in real life, get you ready for whatever comes your way on a call or in person.

Entrepreneurial Quote: There is no such thing as a no sale call. A sale is made on every call you make.

Either you sell the client some stock or he sells you a reason he can’t. Either way a sale is made, the only question is who is gonna close? You or him?

Now be relentless, that’s it, I’m done.

Almost-made-it’s: Wall Street, Jerry Maguire, Thank You for Smoking, Money Ball, The Company Men, Cedar Rapids, Blow, Wolf of Wall Street, Two For The Money, The Big Kahuna.

2 Entrepreneurial Podcasts Worth 2 Hours a Week

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People hate Podcasts. They need visuals. They need to see the people in the interview interact, they need to see what their reactions are, they prefer visual aides, even a few graphics or includes through the interview. With every app streaming video, having stories posted every second, graphics, GIFs, videos, live streams, Podcasts are like vinyl: dead.

If you agree with any of that, perfect, because that’s exactly how I’ve felt for years. These two Podcasts got me out of that funk (and ALSO have visual streams and videos to go along), watch a few of the videos first, then dig into the Podcasts. I promise after 2 hours you’ll be invested and looking forward to their daily or weekly content.

Start with these two, start with two hours a week. Skip the radio.

#1 The MFCEO Podcast

I was first introduced to Andy Frisella through Secret Entourage a few years ago, you can read one of the first articles I ever saw about him on his SE success story, though he’s done a lot since then and not everything is covered in that article. I’m not going to spend an hour writing about how great he is, how much he overcame, the level of success he’s achieved, or a bunch of fluff words to prove he’s worth it, watch the clip above, his no nonsense approach and wit is apparent in every single Podcast he’s ever done, especially shows in his interviews.

I can’t begin to tell you the amount of times I’ve had conscious thoughts about things I’ve heard on his interviews or soundbites over the last two years, some of his short clips I refer to on a regular basis and have shared with countless people, you absolutely will get something out of the MFCEO Project within the first hour, if you haven’t gotten anything from the clip above, keep going, if after the first hour you haven’t gotten anything, chances are you’re never going to get anything from anywhere.

Getting starting with Episode 1

“I want to motivate people in a real and authentic way. You’re not going to hear a bunch of Care Bear bullshit and rainbows and butterflies and cupcakes, you’re going to hear the reality of business and the reality of motivation and some of you aren’t going to fucking like it.” – Andy Frisella

Through the MFCEO Podcast, Andy often refers to the beginning of the podcast and that he and his co-host didn’t have a single clue what they were doing, so it’s great to start here and then move to most recent, I know you’re not going to listen to 200 episodes of the Podcast, but get this first one in before you subscribe or jump in.

Episode 1 also covers a ton of his story, origins, his personality, and what happened to his face. It’s a great introduction to who he is, what the MFCEO project is about, and how he and his co-host met and became friends.

Get connected to MFCEO

Subscribe to the MFCEO Podcast

First, subscribe to the Podcast, then follow his other social platforms, he posts a lot of motivational stuff, details about his companies, a daily #duespaid post, and other things absolutely worth your time.

#2 Gary Vaynerchuk’s Audio Experience

Not sure who ‘GaryVee’ is based off of name alone? Stop whatever you’re doing and read his wikipedia page from top to bottom. Now set aside the rest of your day to digest and process whatever media you can that he’s put out in the last five years.

Gary is wit personified. He thinks fast, speaks fast, and moves fast. He has consistently pushed out content for years, from DailyVee YouTube clips, to his instagram and snapchat stories, even his tweets, he is the world’s most renown social media influencer, motivator to thousands of entrepreneurs, creatives, and people who want to do more.

But Nick, there’s so much Gary out there, where do I start?

There’s not enough time in the world to play ‘catch up’ with Gary, so dive in and follow him on instagram and check his story, subscribe to his YouTube channel and set aside a few hours to watch and process his Original Film’s playlist, which are compiled mini stories that get straight to the point.

From there, subscribe to his Podcast and dedicate one hour a week to hearing what he has to say. If his production, approach, his amazing responses to his #AskGaryVee Show don’t inspire you, motivate you, or teach you something new, I don’t think anything will and you might as well stick to whatever it is you’ve always done.

Get connected to Gary V

Subscribe to the GaryVee Podcast

Gary is everywhere, every day, every week, for years past and years to come, there’s really no excuse to not follow at least one of his profiles or feeds. Most active on snapchat and instagram, here’s a mostly complete list of where to find him.


How to Find the Time

The average American drives 35 miles per day, that is at least a full hour every other day. Take two days a week and substitute these incredible Podcasts for whatever garbage local radio station you have on in the background.

The average American spends 25 minutes per day watching or ingesting advertisements, skip that nonsense and fill the void with something new, interesting, and worthwhile.

You’ve got the time, you’ve got the sources, get to listening, thank me later!

To Catch a Plagiarist – Feat. Taner Tozan

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I’ve been creating websites for a long time.  I’ve been using inspiration from other designers, color palettes from friends, from cars, from random sketches and paint splatter on dribbble.

If I can, I give credit.  If I can, I purchase directly from other designers or artists, sometimes I’m expected to create a lot of things in a short amount of time and low budget, like 10-15 newsletters, within a few hours time: I will use resources like CodeCanyon and GraphicRiver (which I highly recommend).  I’m always sure to purchase graphics, designs, patterns, and vectors, only when they are allowed to be used commercially, and modified for such use, or my own personal use.

There are a lot of bad people out there, who don’t do any of those things, I’ve had quite a few run ins with these types of people, and their job titles, LinkedIn profiles, and resumés, truly disgust me.

How I’ve Been Robbed

I’ve had my work stolen from under me, posted with someone else’s name on it.  I’ve had my pictures used for commercial purposes, and the owners of these companies arguing with me telling me that they themselves took the photographs.

I’ve had my own watermark used by other photographers or designers, who then claim they were the ones who stamped the image or photograph.

I have had websites taken down with DMCA Requests, mainly GoDaddy, but BlueHost is also very quick to approve requests.  I’ve contacted the legal teams of Facebook and Instagram (now one in the same!) to have profiles removed, postings deleted, and accounts changed.  All for the sake of protecting my efforts and my morale.

What’s Being Taken From You Now, Nicholas?

My latest ‘home run hit’ – which I put months of time into, from marketing strategy, product development, brand identity, to the text on each and every page.

It’s been looked at by tens of thousands of unique visitors from all over the world, we’ve made revisions to the site on a regular basis since launching the new site early last year.

We’ve gotten it featured in Business Insider, DuPont Registry, PhoneArena, and countless huge social media pages and followings.  I redesigned the site and we worked on a new marketing plan in early 2014, so you’d have to be a fool to copy-paste our business model, product, and marketing strategy in 2015, right?  Wrong.

You can find low-grade replicas of my design work, marketing strategy, and Kiran’s products, on a few different websites – check out (update 12/14/16 website dead), 12/14/16 website dead), and …. The worst offender of all, is…

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Nicholas Manderfield

Ecommerce + Internet Marketer

(920) 843-8442

Currently Based in Appleton, WI