Whether it’s in business or in life, the value of experience is undeniable. However, not all experience has to come from your own successes and failures.
The beauty of being able to share information is that we can learn from others who came before us. In fact, there are no shortage of places we can draw from in order to enhance our knowledge and business acumen, and this includes books and film.
The following is a list of 5 movie quotes that will improve your business:
1. Wall Street – “Greed is good.”
A business can be many things. It can be good for the community, good for the environment, and a champion of ethical and moral causes. However, none of these things matter if the business is not sustainable.
Ultimately, everything a business does or is about must align with its ultimate goal: to make money.
The point of the quote is not that greed is the essential motivator one needs to make money, but rather that you need a source of motivation.
2. Roger Dodger – ““As we speak, consumers everywhere need reminding of just how fat and unattractive they are.”
Although like the previous quote, the actual line is a bit malicious, the point is more or less true.
Advertising has an important role in business. A business is more than just the product you make, but everything that goes into promoting or selling that product.
While the character Roger in this instance is talking about the process of selling a flat out lie, the difference between a good salesman and a bad salesman is not selling to those who have no use for your product, but those who are on the fence, the consumers who want but don’t necessarily need to purchase.
A good advertising and promotional strategy will help give you that extra edge over competitors.
3. Office Space – “My only real motivation is not to be hassled – that, and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.”
Your employees are important. Keeping them interested, motivated and working hard will in turn inspire them to treat your customers well.
Small tokens of gratitude and office perks may seem difficult on a tight budget, but showing appreciation for your employees can often boost your profit margins rather than deflate them.
4. Any Given Sunday – “You find out life is game of inches, so is football. Because in either game – life or football – the margin for error is so small. I mean, one half a step too late or too early and you don’t quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast and you don’t quite catch it.”
Business is as competitive as any sport. The difference between you and the next company is very small, but it’s that minutiae, that tiny margin between your customer service and your product offering that serves as the tiebreaker when a customer is forced to choose.
5. Catch Me If You Can – “Two little mice fell into a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned, but the second mouse, he struggled so hard that he eventually churned that cream into butter and he walked out. Amen.”
There will come a time when you feel exhausted. There will come a time when you want to sell the business and dump all the pressure and stress that comes with.
That’s the easy thing to do, and what most people end up doing. However, if you keep fighting, keep churning, and don’t give up in the short term, you’ll be able to relax and live comfortably for the rest of your life.
Jamie Richards is a writer for Employers Liability Insurance UK an online resource for business owners.