We’ve all had the experience of walking into the movies, and then walking out feeling like different people.
Movies have the potential to inspire, and influence our decisions about life. And why wouldn’t they?
We’re all familiar with the work of Woody Allen, James Cameron, and Quentin Tarantino. Three of the great many writers and directors who know how to emotionally impact an audience.
Sometimes a movie could be our motivational bridge to the success we truly desire.
And in this article, I’m sharing my personal list of 10 movies you need to watch to be more successful’
1. Fight Club: Materialism And Detachment
”You are not your job. You are not how much you have in the bank. You are not the contents of your wallet. You are not your khakis. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.” – Tyler Durden
Fight Club is a movie that offers more than a few lessons in success. However, one of the greatest lessons we can benefit from this movie is that of Materialism and emotional detachment.
According to Tyler Durden: Fight Club is about freeing yourself from the shackles of modern life, which imprisons and emasculates you. By being willing to give and receive pain and risk death.
Fight Club is one of those movies that can be watched over, and over again, finding something valuable to take away every time.
2. Pumping Iron: Self-Belief And Assertion
“I was always dreaming about very powerful people, dictators and things like that. I was just always impressed by people who could be remembered for hundreds of years, or even, like Jesus, be for thousands of years remembered.”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger
Pumping Iron is not just a movie for body builders. No. Pumping Iron is a movie for those who would like to capture the power of self-belief and assertion in action.
Arnold Schwarzenegger shares his mindset, attitude, and personal beliefs in this documentary classic. And will no doubt leave you inspired when you watch it.
3. The Secret: Positive Attitude
“Instead of focusing on the world’s problems, give your attention and energy to trust, love, abundance, education and peace” – The Secret
The Secret, is a movie based on The Law Of Attraction. (Also available as a paperback book). Whilst many are skeptical about the Law Of Attraction, the movie does, however, portray a very positive philosophy for life.
The film has one primary aim: To help you lead a better life by changing your mental attitude. So for anyone who is looking for inspiration and motivation, The Secret is a movie that does just that.
4. The Social Network: Entitlement
”A guy who makes a nice chair doesn’t owe money to everyone who has ever built a chair.” – The Social Network
Everyone should be familiar with The Social Network movie, and the success of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
The Social Network is a movie that will inspire anyone to feel deserving of success, whilst also showing some of the drawbacks that being successful can have with the creation of backstabbing and legal rows.
5. Yes Man: Opportunity
”YES! Say it a million times. Then say it a million more. And the word you will have said two million times is…” – Yes Man
Yes Man, is a fun movie that anyone can appreciate. Jim Carrey plays Carl Allen, who lives and average and unfulfilled life.
He finds himself at a self-help seminar called ‘Yes’, and soon, his life makes an interesting shift. This movie will have you thinking about all the opportunities you may have missed by saying ‘no’ to things.
6. Limitless: Getting Things Done
”I wasn’t high. I wasn’t wired. Just clear. I knew what I needed to do and how to do it.” – Limitless
Bradley Cooper plays procrastinating writer, Eddie Morra. One day Eddie finds his life take an immediate shift when introduced to a new drug.
One can’t help to watch this film, and want to get in on the narcotic action. However, instead of using a drug, this film will enlighten you, and get you thinking about all the things you could be doing with your life.
This is a movie that will certainly arouse you to take some action, and produce results with your life.
7. The Wolf Of Wall Street: Drive And Prosperity
”Let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time.” – The Wolf Of Wall Street
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, The Wolf Of Wall Street is a film that demonstrates some of the things money can buy, and what it cant.
One can’t help to watch this film and feel empowered by DiCapprio’s performance. The Wolf Of Wall Street is a film that will make you revaluate your current life, and have you aiming for the finer things.
8. The Words: Own Your Work
”At some point, you have to choose between life and fiction. The two are very close, but they never actually touch.” – The Words
Another movie featuring Bradley Cooper, playing a struggling writer. The Words demonstrates how success can be a difficult, and provoke you to give up, or in these cases, copy someone else.
This movie will certainly inspire you to take charge of you work, and to do the best you can with what you have.
9. In Pursuit Of Happyness: Never Giving Up
”Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do something’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something’, go get it. Period.” – In Pursuit Of Happyness
In Pursuit Of Happyness is beautiful film that will almost leave you in tears. Will Smith plays, salesman Chris Gardner who encounters a great financial struggle, becoming homeless.
This film will demonstrate why you should never give up on yourself, and to not allow circumstances to destroy your dreams.
10. Good Will Hunting: Competence
”You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally… I don’t give a shit about all that, because you know what, I can’t learn anything from you, I can’t read in some fucking’ book. Unless you want to talk about you, who you are. Then I’m fascinated. I’m in. But you don’t want to do that do you sport? You’re terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief.” – Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting is a touching film, containing great conversations between characters Will Hunting (Matt Damon) and Sean Maguire (Robin Williams).
For anyone who has a talent, and does not believe themselves worthy of success. This film will certainly inspire you, and prove you competent.