10 Lessons from Oscar winning ribbons
These films that won the award for “Best Film”, also make great lessons for entrepreneurs. The 87th installment of the Academy Awards just around the corner.
1. 12 years slave (12 Years a Slave)
The 2014 Oscar winning film is based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup, an African American freeborn who was kidnapped and made a slave. The story (whose name is a big spoiler) shows the suffering of Northup to be separated from his family, beatings he received from his terrible owner and, above all, their desire to stay alive.
Lesson: Persistence is key. Northup’s will is tested by bloody and painful (you will not have to live) ways, demonstrating the importance of this value rising after a failure. In the life of an entrepreneur there are many ups and downs; some so low that leave deep scars. But then what remains is how to transform them using experience and learning.
2. The Artist (The Artist)
In 2012 won the French, silent film in black and white. The story takes place in Hollywood in the late 1920s and tells the ratio of George Valentin, a former silent film star, a successful young actress, when the talkies replaces the old movies voiceless.
Lesson: Accept change and acts. Valentin was very successful as an artist of silent film, but when the sound reaches the film industry fails to adapt to change and career stagnates. The same goes for any business; markets change, and consumers and technology too. Never “sleep on your laurels” and seeks constant innovation.
3. The King’s Speech (The King’s Speech)
In 2011 the Oscar for Best Picture took him this film directed by Tom Hooper. It focuses on George VI to overcome his stammer who hires Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist. Undoubtedly the highlight of the film is when, and become king, made his first radio broadcast where he talks about declaring war on Germany.
Lesson: Actually they are two great lessons. First, you can overcome any weakness with work effort; and second, you need to lean experts. No matter how weak you are or think you have as an entrepreneur, with help from the right people and willpower will achieve overcome or even turn it into an advantage.
4. Slumdog Millionaire (Slumdog Millionaire)
In 2009, the Academy awarded the British film which stars a young Indian Jamal and Latika. After suffering several problems and terrible situations (such as poverty, prostitution and violence) Jamal gets re-find Latika, the love of his life, entering the popular TV show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”.
Lesson: Be guided by your passion, not for money. Jamal finds work and earn crores in the contest with the sole aim to find Latika. This shows that doing things with love is the key to success and overcoming failures. Another lesson: listen to your intuition. Finally, thanks to this “sixth sense” Jamal enters the contest and wins.
5. Gladiator (Gladiator)
2001 was the year of this epic film directed by Ridley Scott. It tells the story of General Maximus Decimus Meridio, who is betrayed by Comfortable, son of Emperor, killing his family and forcing him to be a gladiator.
Lesson: Never forget your mission. Despite being humiliated and enslaved, Máximo not lose sight of his goal: to avenge his family. Having the focus on your goals is what drives entrepreneurs; never deviate the look of the reasons why you left your job and decide to start a business.
6. Braveheart (Braveheart)
In 1996, Mel Gibson picked up the Best Picture Oscar for this film. Based on the life of William Wallace, portrays a Scottish national hero who starts a revolt against King Edward I of England, being an essential part of the First War of Scottish Independence.
Lesson: Lead by example. Wallace gets thousands of Scots to join their fight and willing to die for their ideals. Knows how to motivate and make decisions, but more importantly, guide their actions. The “angry” Wallace is one of the best examples of leadership in film and entrepreneurs can learn a lot from your style and strategies to inspire their people, even in the most difficult moments.
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7. Forrest Gump
Although many said Oscar 1995 should take it “Pulp Fiction” by Quentin Tarantino, the end was the film starring Tom Hanks which won the top prize. The plot revolves around Forrest Gump, a young man with a slight delay achieved great goals from ratravesar running across America to become world champion tennis and entrepreneur of a giant shrimp.
Lesson: No impossible. Because of his condition, it was expected that Forrest had no great merit in life, but showed the opposite. In your career as an entrepreneur will hear many “can not” or “do not have what it takes …”. Just listen to your inner voice and if you are determined to succeed not let anything get in your way.
delivery In 1977 Oscar Awards, Sylvester Stallone consecrated the main character of his career: Rocky Balboa, a boxer third category that seems to have no future in the sport. However, his coach Mickey think you have what it takes to succeed if completely dedicated to boxing.
Lesson: To succeed you must cultivate self-discipline. Useless talents or natural abilities if you do not spend to strengthen them. Perhaps one of the most iconic moments of the film is the scene where Rocky training climbs stairs and lifts his fists. As an entrepreneur you must also be willing to work hard and make sacrifices.
9. El Padrino (The Godfather)
Oscar winner in 1973 was the film adaptation of the novel by Mario Puzo, by the filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Tells the story of Michael Corleone, son of Don Vito Corleone mafia, who must decide between their own values and future of the family. We all know what to choose Michael.
Lesson: “It’s not personal, it’s business”. This is probably one of the most famous phrases of cinema and the business world. Michael and Vito are great negotiators; Pressing know how far and how to get what they expect, but above all understand that in the world of business relationships must take a backseat to avoid consequences for the company.
10. The Sound of Music (The Sound of Music)
in 1966 having won this musical starring Mary, a nun who works as a governess for the von Trapp family. While he falls for the father of the children and together they flee Austria before the arrival of the Nazis.
Lesson: Be optimistic. Singing using curtains as vestimanta or crossing the Alps might seem not only unrealistic, but also silly. However, the idea behind these dance numbers is quite good: bad weather, good face. The Nazis did not invade your business or have to cross mountains, but will face difficult times that can only be overcome if you cultivate a positive mindset and you decide to go ahead.