Ten movies entrepreneurs should see

Here are 10 Oscar-worthy movies every entrepreneur should see :–

Up_in_the_Air-147711825-large(1) UP IN THE AIR ;—–Tis is a story about Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) who travels around the country with his job of ‘laying off people’ in other companies.  A young, fresh employee—-Natalie Keener(Anna Kendrick) comes into the company to revolutionaries the current business model and rely solely on technology.

Why should they see it ?—– Ideas for efficiency are great, but sometimes you need to understand the entire process before looking for ways to ‘improve existing systems’.(2009)

october_sky_ver2(2) OCTOBER SKY :—–A young boy, Homes Hickman (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his friends become inspired by Sputnik’s Orbit, that he decides to learn how to build rockets.  Most of the town and all believe this is a waste of time, since the boys were destined to be COALMINERS.  But one teacher, Miss Riley (Laura Dern) encourages this dream and enters the boys into a NATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR with the prize being a COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP. 

Why should they see it ?—– It is an inspiring story about CHANGING YOUR PATH IN LIFE TO CHASE AFTER YOUR DREAMS.(1999)

Moneyball_4(3) MONEYBALL :—–Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), has the lowest salary available for players in Baseball.  All of his star players are picked up by bigger teams and he is left to look at how to create a ‘winning team’ without the competitive edge that money can buy.  The solution is to look at statistical data and pick players based on their stats alone to fill in gaps needed on his team.—Why should they see it ?

BOOTSTRAPPING is something many small business owners are accustomed to doing.  This movie shows how taking on an ‘innovative approach’ to an existing way of doing business, when you have little to no money—-can beat the competition. (2011)

(4) THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS :—–Christopher Gardner (Will Smith) is trying to support his family, by selling medical devices that ‘no one wants’.  He sees a chance to fight for an internship selling stocks, but it is 6 months ‘of no pay’.  To make ends meet, he continues to push the medical devices and becomes homeless.  But he continues down the path to obtain the career he is after.

Why should they see it ? ——This movie shows how one man overcame obstacles and worked smarter and harder than the competition.  He never lost sight of the ‘end goal’ and did everything he could to realise his dreams.(2006)

SN_IT_1-SHT_FRND_1(5) THE SOCIAL NETWORK :—–Harvard student, Mark Zukerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) creates Facebook in his dorm room.  He is, later, sued by classmates who claim he stole their idea and a co-founder who was squeezed out by rapid moving company.

Why they should see it ?There is no denying the impact Facebook has on everyday life.  This is a great story about taking the idea and turning it into the most profitable business. (2010)

glengarry_rect(6) GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS—–A story of high pressure sales environment.  When a new boss comes in, the veteran sales representatives have to ‘close more deals or lose their jobs’.  One of the most famous lines from the movie—A-B-C.  A—Always, B—Be, C—Closing.  A—Always, B—Be, C-Closing, shares the saleman’s mantra for succeeding and closing deals.

Why they should see it ?—Entrepreneurs are sales people.  They have to sell their VISION, PRODUCT, COMPANY and PURPOS in everything they do.  And usually closing the sale is the most difficult part, bu IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PURSUED. (1992)

(7) PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY ——A biographical look at the men who created MICROSOFT and APPLE.  It focuses on the early days of both companies and how they DIFFERED IN THEIR OPERATIONS.

Why they should see it ? —-Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have long been considered inspirational for many Entrepreneurs.  This movie shows their STRUGGLES, SUCCESSES and how they became Fathers of the Tech World. (1999)

(8) ROCKY——A true under-dog story of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) who is given the chance to fight the Heavyweight Champ.  He has a chance to make a better life for himself by going head-to-head with the competition and winning.

Why should they see it ?—-Most Mom-and-Pop shops are the under-dogs, compared to their Big-Box competitors.  However, both can be competitive and succeed in today’s market place. (1976)

(9) TOMMY BOY—–A family business is on the brink of ‘going under’, when the owner passes away.  His slow-witted and clumsy son Tommy,(Chris Farley) is left to try to save the Company, by going out on the road to ‘close sales’ and keep the Company afloat.

Why should they see it ?———This is a hysterical movie, but one lesson Entrepreneurs should take away is to HAVE A PROPER SUCCESSION PLAN IN PLACE. (1995)

Flash-Of-Genius(10) FLASH OF GENIUS :—–An inventor, Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear), battles with the US automakers over his device.  All the auto giants embrace his invention, and it becomes a standard on all cars.  However, they do not give Kearns the credit he is due, and he fights them for credit.

Why they should see it ?—–It is important to ‘protect your ideas’ from being stolen by Corporate Giants or the Competition. (2008)—

——–WHAT MOVIE WOULD YOU ADD TO THIS LIST & WHY?———CNN

Art Quotes

25-more-quotes-450px_08(1) True art is characterised by an irresistible urge in the creative artist—-Albert Einstein. 

(2) If you hear a voice within you say, ‘YOU CANNOT PAINT’, then by all means PAINT, and that voice will be silenced.—-Vincent Van Gogh. 

(3) The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.—-Pablo Picasso. 

(4) No great artist ever sees things as they really are.  If he did, he would cease to be an artist.—-Oscar Wilde. 

(5) The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.—-Aristotle. 

Van-Gogh-Quotes(6) A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.—-Oscar Wilde. 

(7) Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.—-Oscar Wilde. 

(8) Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd; without innovation–a corpse.—-Winston Churchill. 

(9) The essence of all beautiful art, all great art is gratitude.—-Friedrich Nietzsche. 

(10) Every artist was first an amateur.—-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

(11) Are enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.—-Thomas Merton. 

(12) In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.—-Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

(13) Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.—-Khalil Gibran. 

(14) This world is but a canvas to our imagination.—-Henry David Thoreau. 

(15) A picture is worth a 1000 words.—-Napoleon Bonaparte. 

(16) Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.—-George Bernard Shaw. 

(17) An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision.—-James Whistler.

Pangolin

PangolinIt is a MAMMAL.  It is also referred as a SCALY ANTEATER or TRENGGILING.  It has large KERATIN SCALES covering its skin, and is the only mammal with this adaption.  It is found naturally in TROPICAL REGIONS throughout ASIA & AFRICA.  The word PANGOLIN comes from the Malay word PENGGULING, meaning ‘SOMETHING THAT ROLLS UP’. 

Its physical appearance ——large, hardened, overlapping plate-like scales.  The scales, which are often soft on new-born pangolins, harden as the animal matures.  The scales are made of KERATIN, the same material of which HUMAN FINGERNAILS & TETRAPOD CLAWS are made.  The pangolin’s scaled body is comparable to a PINE CONE or GLOGE ARTICHOKE.  It can curl up into a ball, when threatened.  The overlapping scales act as ARMOUR and its face is tucked under its tail.  The front claws are so long, they are unsuited for walking, so the animal walks with its forepaws curled over to protect them.

Lion Vs PangolinPangolins can also emit a noxious- smelling acid from glands near the anus, similar to the spray of a skunk.  Pangolins, though cannot spray this acid like skunks.  The size of pangolins VARIES BY SPECIES, ranging from 30 to 100 centimetres (12-39ins) Females are generally smaller than males.  The tongues of pangolins are extremely elongated and extend into the abdominal cavity.  By convergent evolution——PANGOLINS, THE GIANT ANTEATER & THE TUBE-LIPPED NECTAR BAT—–all have tongues that are unattached to their HYOID BONE and extend past their pharynx deep into their thorax.

They are NOCTURNAL animals.  The long-tailed pangolin is also active by day.  ARBOREAL PANGOLINS live in hollow trees, whereas the ground dwelling species dig tunnels underground to a depth of 3.5mts.  They are also good swimmers.

WorldPangolinDay7They LACK TEETH & THE ABILITY TO CHEW.  Instead, they tear open anthills or termite mounds with their powerful front claws and probe deep into them with their very long tongues.  they have glands in their chests to lubricate their tongues with sticky, ant-catching saliva.  They are hunted and eaten in many parts of Africa, and are one of the more popular types of BUSH MEAT.  They are also in great demand in China because their meat is considered a DELICACY, and some Chinese believe pangolin scales have MEDICINAL QUALITIES. 

Though they are protected by an INTERNATIONAL BAN on their trade, populations have suffered from illegal trafficking due to beliefs in Asia that their ground-up scales can stimulate lactation or cure cancer or asthma.  As a result of demand, the pangolin populations of China, Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia have been WIPED OUT.  With traders moving further and further South, the animal is declining even in its last habitats of Java, Sumatra and the Malaysian Peninsula.

Did you know?

(1) In 1518, there was a mass PSYCHOGENIC ILLNESS in Strasbourg, Alsace, that caused people to dance till they collapsed. 

Monkey-Man(2) MONKEYMAN (Jyothi Raj), a 24year old, conquered JOG FALLS (850ft) on 6/4/2013.  He has climed the JOG FALLS eight times, and climbing it is almost PASSE for him. 

The earlier heights he has scaled are :

(a) THE YANA, Uttara Karnataka District. 

(b) RAMNAGARA ROCKS of “SHOLAY” fame. 

(c) BRIGADE APARTMENTS, Mysore. 

(d) A building in JYOTHI CIRCLE, next to DVS TOWERS in Mangalore. 

(3) On April 17, 1963, a baby was born drunk (London) and 12 hours later had a hangover.  this was reported by Doctor Basil Merriman, in a letter to the BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL.  For 2 months, before the baby was born, its mother, a YUKON, Canadian Indian, had been almost continuously drunk. 

(4) Cats have no naturally occurring antibodies against dog’s blood.  So, they can receive DOG BLOOD in life-threatening situations.  BUT, ONLY ONCE.  The 2nd time PROVES FATAL. 

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(5) DUBAI COPS get world’s most expensive patrol car —-360,000 Pound LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR.  It has a top speed of 217m.p.h. and can go from 0 to 62m.p.h. in 2.9secs.

(6) Singing Nun—–ANI CHOYING DROLMA from Nepal(42yrs. old) has sung a fusion song ZARIYA ( composer–A.R.Rehman)  Her 1st album, CHO, was in 1997.  She founded the NAGI GOMPA NUNNERY in Nepal’s Shivapuri (a paradise) and joined it when she was 10 years old. 

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(7) The 1st INVISIBLE TOWER in Seoul———–South Korea —TOWER INFINITY, 450m. high, glass-encased sky-scraper —-using LED lighting and cameras to create a REFLECTIVE SKIN on its exterior, which will make it look as IF IT HAS DISAPPEARED.  The world’s 3rd highest OBSERVATION DECK (at 392m) is here. 

(8) Author, Mark Twain, was born shortly after a visit by HALEY’S COMET in 1835, and he predicted that he would go out with it, too.  He died the day after the Comet’s return in 1910. 

(9) CONGO is sub-Sahara Africa’s largest country, and one of its richest ON PAPER, with an embarrassment of DIAMONDS, GOLD, COBALT, COPPER, TIN, TANTALUM —you name it—TRILLIONS WORTH OF NATURAL RESOURCES.——————–——–But, because of never-ending war, it is one of the POOREST & MOST TRAUMATISED NATIONS in the world……………MILITIA-COTROLLED MINES I Eastern Congo have been feeding raw materials into the WORLD’S BIGGEST ELECTRONICS & JEWELLERY COMPANIES, at the same time FEEDING CHAOS.—————–Congo is a PARADOX of GRINDING POVERTY in a land of BOUNDLESS MINERAL WEALTH. 

(10) In the early days of TYPESET PRINTING, printers would often use WOODEN DRAWERS to store the alphabets.  The drawers would be on two racks.  What was stored in the UPPER RACK ?—A B C D…………What was stored in the LOWER RACK ?—a b c d …….. 

Ten things Hong Kong does better than anyone else

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Home of Bruce Lee, divine DIM SUM, LOFTY BUILDINGS, LOFTIER REAL ESTATE PRICES and —–in spite of all those buildings —–easy access to incredible stretches of great outdoors. 

It has been more than 15years since the British handed Hong Kong over to Chinese rule, but little has changed.  Hong Kong remains a COMPETITIVE & INDEPENDENT CITY, consistently ranked as one of the World’s Best Places to live.

(1) TONAL TALENTS : —– The language has a total of 6 to 9 tones, depending on where you are hearing it, compared to English’s zero tones.  No other Asian language comes close ( there are 4 tones in Mandarin, 5 in Thai and 6 in Vietnamese).  To add to the complexity —and fun— of the language, Cantonese is a dialect with new slang invented everyday and many words aren’t used in written communication.

(2) STAYING ALIVE :—–The city not only has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, it ranks 3rd in a list compiled by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2011 if places with the least homicides.  It has an intentional homicide rate of 0.2 per 100,000 people in the last 16 years.  It only lost out to Monaco and Palau, where there have been ZERO recorded murders.  Hong Kong has a population of more than 7 million crammed into a city of 1,104 sq.kms, while Monaco only has about 36,000 people and idyllic island nation–Palau- about 20,000.

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(3) GETTING YOU THERE : —–The Public Transportation System is famous for its EFFICIENCY & PROFITABILITY.  It is one of the least car-dependent cities, with only 710,000 registered vehicles.  The MTR Corporation that operates Hong Kong’s SUBWAY SYSTEM is so good that they run other city’s trains, including operating sections of subway lines in Beijing, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, London and the whole of Melbourne and Stockholm’s underground network.

(4) BUILDING INTO THE SKY : —–It has 1,251 skyscrapers and high-rises, the most in the world, creating a DRAMATIC SKYLINE.  There is the bamboo-like BANK OF CHINA, by renowned architect–I. M. Pei and the 490m INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE CENTRE ( Hong Kong’s tallest)

(5) DAREDEVIL CONSTRUCTION : —–Most of these buildings were built using BAMBOO SCAFFOLDING.  While most other cities are using STEEL & ALLUMINIUM scaffolding, Hong Kong stands by bamboo, even establishing a licensing system through the Hong Kong Construction Industry Council.  There are, now, more than 1,700 Bamboo Scaffolders registered with the Construction Workers Registration Board.

(6) LETTING YOU KEEP YOUR MONEY :—Hong Kong is a great place to make money.  The residents, actually, get to keep most of the money they earn.  With one of the LOWEST SALARIES TAX RATES in the world, capped at 16.5% and NO SALES TAX or VAT, Hong Kong is an attractive place to work and play.  There is no CAPITAL GAINS TAX in Hong Kong.

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(7) KUNG FU MOVIES :—–Bruce Lee, Jackie Chang, Chow Yun Fat, Maggie Cheung, John Woo, Wang Kar-wai……….the list goes on.  The city’s KUNG FU MOVIES are the most recognised.  ENTER THE DRAGON, FIST OF FURY, ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA, DRUNKEN MASTER are just few of the classics.  Much of the city’s cinematic martial arts glory is due to the efforts of one legendary movie moghul —-Sir Run Run Shaw, who passed away at the age of 107 in January.  Before passing away, he regretted never working with Bruce Lee, who was offered a  better deal by Shaw’s rival———-Golden Harvest.

(8) SOFT LANDINGS : —–The most impressive sight for Hong Kong’s visitors is the AIRPORT.  There is EFFICIENCY, FAST CONNECTION to the city through the AIRPORT EXPRESS and the FREQUENT TRAVELLER SYSTEM that allows jetsetters to use a fast lane through immigration.  The airport has won nearly 40 awards from International operations, since it opened in 1998 and ranking atop SKYTRAX’s WORLD’S BEST AIRPORT LIST for 8 years IN A ROW.  It has recently been toppled from the throne by Singapore’s CHANGI AIRPORT.

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(9) FOODIE-ISM :- Hong Kong’s population is 7million people and there are 15,000 restaurants.  Their CHA CHAAN TENG diners can whip up fantastical East-meets-West dishes like SYRUP-SLATHERED FRENCH TOAST filled with SATAY BEEF SLICES or INSTANT NOODLES DRESSED IN A CHEESE SAUCE !!! Ever tried these ?????

(10) PARTYING SO HARD, THE NEIGHBOURS WANT IN ON IT : —–Hong Kong’s party area—LAN KWAI FONG—has 100 bars, restaurants, clubs and shops into just a few streets.  It is so successful, that Chinese cities are asking the LAN KWAI FONG GROUP to recreate the night-life district in their cities, namely LAN KWAI FONG CHENGDU and LAN KWAI FONG WUXI.

———-Zoe Li, CNN

I choose to be a happy being

As children, we often sang this little ditty : IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT, CLAP YOUR HANDS, and again, IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT, STAMP YOUR FEET, and so on. The pursuit of happiness is not easy.

Material possessions——-wealth, a car, a house——do not guarantee a good life. Close relationships, job satisfaction and working towards greater good ——-DO.

The tendency TO BE HAPPY is an INHERITED TRAIT. The secret to happiness is KNOWING WHO YOU ARE ALREADY HAPPY. Happiness needs to be a BEING STATE.

the-art-of-being-happy-lies-inSonja Lyubomirsky, ( author of THE HOW OF HAPPINESS) : 50% of our happiness levels are GENETICALLY DETERMINED, 10% are affected by CIRCUMSTANCES, while the remaining 40% is subject to SELF-CONTROL.

Seeking external sources of happiness can SABOTAGE YOUR PEACE. Dr. Aymee Coget suggests : Focus on controlling your emotional state by CHOOSING HAPPINESS. The American writer, Rita Mae Brown says : One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. Forgiveness does not come easy. Look after yourself : EAT HEALTHY, EXERCISE REGULARLY & GET ENOUGH SLEEP. Spending time with our close ones, IMPACTS OUR HAPPINESS QUOTIENT.

Daniel Gilbert (author of STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS) says : WE ARE HAPPY WHEN WE HAVE FAMILIES. WE ARE HAPPY WHEN WE HAVE FRIENDS. So, MAKE TIME FOR THOSE WHO MATTER.

Do not compare yourself with those who are smarter, more good-looking, richer. COMPETE WITH YOURSELF. YOU ARE UNIQUE. Another person’s weakness might be your asset. Helping others UPS YOUR SELF-ESTEEM. Thus a HAPPY YOU. Just LIVE IN THE HERE & NOW, that is the SECRET TO HAPPINESS.

Have Faith

Mrs. Rounds :————When my little son was 10 years old, his grandmother promised him a stamp album for Christmas.  Christmas came, but no stamp album, and no word from grandmother.  The matter, however, was not mentioned; but when is playmates came to see his Christmas presents, I was astonished, after he had named over this and that as GIFTS RECEIVED, to hear him add, “AND A STAMP ALBUM FROM GRANDMOTHER”.

John_20_29-1-1-1-1-1-1I had heard it several times, when I called him to me, and said, “But, Georgie, you did not get an album from grandmother.  Why do you say so ?”  There was a wondering look on his face, as if he thought it strange that I should ask such a question, and he replied, “Well, mamma, grandma SAID, so it is the same AS”.  I could not say a word to check his faith. 

A month went by, and nothing was heard from the album.  Finally, one day, I said, to test his faith, and really wondering in my heart why the album had not been sent.  “Well, Georgie, I think grandma has forgotten her promise”.  “Oh, no, mamma,” he quickly and firmly said, “she hasn’t”.  I watched the dear, trusting face, which, for a while, looked ver sober, as if debating the possibilities I had suggested.  Finally a bright light passed over it and he said, “Mamma, do you think it would do any good if I should write to her THANKING her for the album ?”  “I do not know,” I said, “but you might try it “. 

A rich spiritual truth began to dawn upon me. In a few minutes a letter was prepared and committed to the mail, and he went off whistling his confidence in his grandma.  in just a short time a letter came, saying : “My dear Georgie : I have not forgotten my promise to you, of an album.  I tried to get such a book as you desired, but could not get the sort you wanted; so I sent on to New York.  It did not get here till after Christmas and it was still not right, so I sent for another, and as it has not come as yet, I send you three dollars to get one in Chicago.  Your loving grandma”. 

As he read the letter, his face was the face of a victor.  “now, mamma, didn’t I tell you?” came from the depths of a heart that never doubted, “AGAINST HOPE, BELIEVED IN HOPE”  It is so human to want sight, when we step out on the promises of God, but our Saviour said to Thomas, and to the long roll of doubters, “BLESSED ARE THEY WHO HAVE NOT SEEN, AND YET HAVE BELIEVED”.