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6 Surprising movies you need to watch to be successful

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Who says watching movies isn’t productive? If pep talks and motivational books aren’t cutting it anymore, it may be time to turn to the silver screen for some valuable insights. It doesn’t matter how you’d like to achieve your success or even what field you desire to work in, success will always come after some adversity and a few hard lessons learned. If you’re ever feeling like your goals are out of reach, watch someone else beat the odds and learn.

1. Forrest Gump

Even if you’ve already seen Forrest Gump, watch it again. It’s dramatic, it’s funny, and it’s profoundly sad at times. It’s all about the journey of one man who defied the odds to do the things he wanted to do, and its bittersweet conclusion sums up how many people feel at the end of a long fought battle on the road to success. It’s one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time, and it reminds viewers never to lose sight of the things that are important to them or take things for granted.

2. Liar liar

This comedy film is often overlooked for the real messages it contains. It’s about a father, played by famed comedian Jim Carrey, who is a workaholic lawyer. He attempts to balance drive for career success with his relationship with his son. It’s troublesome at times, and even more troublesome when he loses his ability to lie. This film teaches its audience that sometimes, we seek success in the wrong places. You may feel the need to adjust your priorities after watching Liar Liar.

3. Glengarry glen ross

Glengarry Glen Ross is all about high pressure, and what its protagonists are willing to do to succeed in the competitive world of real estate. It shows how hard people are willing to work without glazing over the consequences of success in a dog-eat-dog world. The film itself was adapted from an award winning play that enraptured audiences with its brutal presence. If you feel like you’re fighting hard to get where you are, watching the gentlemen in Glengarry Glen Ross might put your fight into perspective.

4. Don’t tell mom the babysitter’s dead

This might be an unorthodox choice, but the message is real. Sue Ellen Crandle (played by a young Christina Applegate) is a teenage girl whose mother leaves the country for summer vacation. She’s left with her siblings and their babysitter, who passes away at the beginning of the trip. Sue Ellen winds up biting off more than she can chew, working her way into a high level job and achieving great levels of success simply by keeping her cool and being creative. Everyone can take a page from Sue Ellen’s book.

5. Rocky

Rocky is the ultimate success film. Entrepreneurs, high powered businesspeople, and even everyday folks all around the world have seen Rocky, and have a deep appreciation for its sentiments. Rocky is about a literal fight, but it can easily be used as a metaphor for any struggle to reach the top. Rocky will fill you with the stamina and energy you need to make your dreams come true.

6. The American President

In this film, Michael Douglas portrays a widower president who falls into an unlikely relationship with a high powered environmental lobbyist. He’s working towards his goals, raising his daughter, running a country, and contending with a romance that has the entire American public on their toes. He’s a man who is truly trying to have it all, and his story is uplifting.

Most of these movies are on popular video streaming sites. If they’re region restricted, you can bypass the block by using a VPN.  Movies can teach us things that real life experiences can’t. They provide audiences with an opportunity to view the world through someone else’s eyes, and learn from someone else’s mistakes. There’s nothing wrong with turning to films for inspiration or guidance – in fact, it may be one of the best things you can do.

About Amelia Dermott

Amelia Dermott is a passionate writer and self-proclaimed Internet addict. Having experience in business and IT administration, she likes to write about technology and self-development topics.

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