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5 Films That Will Inspire You To Follow Your Dreams

There are films that aspire and there are films that inspire. Cinema has always given us the much-needed escape from reality. A good movie manages to excite and engage us, and the right one does much more. It’s easy to get sucked into the decadence of a corporate lifestyle. The money, the perks, the limitless demand and the greater supply. But if you’re someone who’s looking for just the right amount of push to inspire your own self, don’t worry, we’ve got the right list for you!

We are always inspired by success stories of contemporary legends that make us believe there’s light at the end of the tunnel. We fantasize the stories of those who created an empire out of nothing or those who abandoned the corporate world to build a lineage of their own. So here are 5 films that will inspire you to follow your dreams. Checkout:

Wall Street (1987)

“Stop going for the easy buck and start producing something with your life. Create, instead of living off the buying and selling of others.”

This is the story of a young and passionate stockbroker, Bud Fox, who toed the line in too many wrong places to work his way to the top. He is taken under the wing by Gordon Gekko, a ruthless corporate raider, who will stop at nothing to accumulate power and wealth. Gordon manages to corrupt and manipulate Bud to the extent that the latter trades on illegal inside information for him. This movie goes to show how easy it is to get swayed by easy wealth and power and how to keep your morals intact through it all.

Jerry Maguire (1996)

“But if anybody else wants to come with me, this moment will be the ground floor of something real and fun and inspiring and true in this godforsaken business and we will do it together! Who’s coming with me…?”

An iconic inspirer, Jerry Maguire tells the story of a successful sports agent who realises one day that this wasn’t his life’s purpose. He wanted to do something real for his clients. He wanted to take a personal interest in their lives and help them grow. However, his new enthusiastic zeal for life is not appreciated by his seniors and he is ruthlessly fired from his high-paying job. Jerry now has the task of rebuilding his own brand with only one loyal client and just one colleague who supports him.

Boiler Room (2000)

“You become an employee of this firm, you will make your first million within three years. I’m gonna repeat that – you will make a million dollars.”

This movie revolves around a college dropout who runs an illegal casino from his rented apartment. He stumbles upon an interview as a trainee stockbroker at JT Marlin, a small brokerage firm in the outskirts of New York City. Pressures from his bossy father and his love interest keep him desperate and motivated enough to remain in the blood money firm. As time passes, he starts suspecting that some illegal deals are taking place in the firm leading him to make a choice between success and morality.

The Social Network (2010)

“Ma’am, I know you’ve done your homework and so you know that money isn’t a big part of my life, but at the moment I could buy Mt. Auburn Street, take the Phoenix Club, and turn it into my ping-pong room.”

The movie is the extraordinary story of the world’s youngest billionaire, and the plot revolves around the one and only Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook. The movie explores the spirals of the life of a young entrepreneur, who had a billion-dollar idea and how, against all odds and fraught with social and legal controversies, he made it happen. The movie begins with a young Zuckerberg, still in Harvard, working out on his plan for a ‘social networking site.’ The rest of the film chronicles his journey of driving Facebook into a global success.

Get a Job (2016)

“Maybe we’re not all geniuses. So we’re not the greatest generation. So what. These are our lives and we’re gonna make the most of them.”

The movie tells the story of Will Davis a recent college graduate and is ready to attack the world, with the help of his parents. When his dad loses his job and Will has to support himself he realizes things aren’t as easy as he was hoping. The best attribute from this movie is the performances from Miles Teller as the idealist young man who must evaluate the importance of a formal employment; Anna Kendrick as the demanding and ambitious girlfriend; Bryan Cranston as the veteran “winner” facing the unexpected challenge of competing with rivals who are much younger than him; Alison Brie as a vulgar executive assistant; Marcia Gay Harden, John C. McGinley, Bruce Davison, John Cho and Greg Germann as different faces of the same corporative demon; and Jorge García as the “magic negro” (well, Hispanic in this case) with unexpected advices to navigate the treacherous current of work politics.

Get a Job explores interesting ideas about contemporary society, the work situation and the “I deserve it” culture promoted by some families and educative institutions. On the surface, we have a story which should have gone farther to transmit its message: “follow your dreams” is a humbug more harmful than the sad reality.

That’s all folks!

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