What movie quotes have changed your perspective about business?

I have a very busy life, so I probably don’t make it to the theater as much as some people do, but there are times in my life where a movie will completely change the way that I think about things, especially business. 

So I wanted to share them with you — eight of my favorite movie quotes that have impacted my mindset, and just might resonate with you, too!

“My number one plan is to hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.” – The Bourne Ultimatum

Was Jason Bourne a businessman? No, but he certainly knew how to take care of business, no matter how high stakes of a situation he found himself in. 

One reason why Bourne was always so successful despite the odds being stacked against him at seemingly every turn was his ability to emotionally remove himself from the circumstances, while assessing it from every angle, and bravely taking calculated risks. 

Sounds a bit like the day-to-day challenges you might face as a business owner, doesn’t it?

“No matter what anyone tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Dead Poets Society 

Our words get taken for granted, but it’s our words that often stick with people the most. Think about it from a brand perspective: 

Slogans like “Just Do It” have literally changed the world by inspiring millions of people all over the world to chase after their dreams and create a new reality for themselves. 

Don’t be afraid to communicate your ideas and to use your words in an effort to shape your brand for the better, to inspire people, and to create a personality that is something beyond mere “business.”

“A 25% slice of something is better than a 100% slice of nothing.” – The Hustler

Too many people hold off way too long on their dreams because the circumstances aren’t completely in their favor. 

You have to start somewhere. You have to start with something. And maybe everything that you want isn’t right in front of you yet, but in order to be truly successful, you need to have gratitude for where you are, a vision for where you’re going, and an ability to tell the difference between the two. 

You’ll never be able to achieve your goals if you give up when things aren’t perfect. 

“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream. You have to protect it.” – The Pursuit of Happyiness

At the end of the day, you only have one life to live. Your dreams, your wants, your goals, they shouldn’t be bottled up inside of you, and they definitely shouldn’t be abandoned because of some negative outside influence. 

If you’re surrounded by people who criticize your dreams, who can’t be there to support what you want to achieve in life,  then you need to protect yourself and your dreams by separating yourself from that negativity. 

It’s toxic. It’s their problem, not yours. 

“Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” – Rocky Balboa

Life isn’t easy. But life is all that we have. We’re all going to encounter challenges, endless challenges that test us and exhaust us and sometimes feel like they’re going to break us, but we can’t ever let that happen. 

We need to learn to lean on the people we can trust, to believe in ourselves, and remember that we can always pick ourselves back up and keep moving forward. Because that’s how we win. 

“The question isn’t, ‘What are we going to do?’ the question is, ‘What aren’t we going to do?’” – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Don’t let a limited vision limit what’s possible in your life! 

Start the business. Take the trip. Swipe right. Go for it. Give it everything you’ve got in everything that you do, and don’t take any moment for granted!

“It takes talent to make money, but it takes brains to keep it.” – The Equalizer 2

It’s a tale as old as time: Person has no money. Person makes money. Person doesn’t know how to deal with having money. Person loses money. 

Don’t let people tell you that money doesn’t change things. It does. But you have a choice in how it changes things. Money isn’t just a gateway to acquiring things. Money is the ability to create freedom and access in life, but you have to be able to hold on to it, invest it, and use it to work for you instead of working for it

Have fun with your money, but don’t be beholden to it. Harness its power. Learn how to use it wisely. 

“There’s no such thing as too far. You understand? You push everything as far as you can. You push and you push and you push until it starts pushing back. And then you push some goddamn more.” – Two for the Money

You can’t achieve everything that’s possible in your life if you’re not challenging yourself. And you’re not challenging yourself if you’re not willing to push yourself, get out of your comfort zone, and test the limits, then you’ll never really know what you’re capable of. 

Are you ready to shift your mindset? Do you want to be more successful? 

I’ve scaled hundreds of successful companies. I can help yours, too. 
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