Starting a business may seem a distant reality when you’re still in the basics of mathematics, physics, English, and science. Using entrepreneurs’ biographies can be a fun, easy way of introducing the subject into the classroom, showing students that an entrepreneurial attitude is developed throughout life and is important not only for a professional activity but for a more creative and innovative mindset, focused on problem solving. So we’ve selected five movies that can help you with this mission:
Forget about the traditional sports movie. In Moneyball, baseball is just the background for a story about breaking paradigms, teamwork, and professional / personal skills. In the plot, the coach and the analyst of Oakland Athletics decide to stop hiring superstars for the team and start using statistical data on the performance of discredited players to build a strong and cohesive team based on group work and not individuals.
Women, black and young, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson were essential to the space conquest in the 1960s – a time when the law of racial segregation was still in force in the United States. Despite the brilliance, the three NASA officials fought against all kinds of prejudice to break through and make leave their mark on history. Hidden Figures is about entrepreneurship, overcoming obstacles, daring and, above all, about women’s empowerment and racism in the business world.
Inventor, creative, entrepreneur, visionary, marketer. Call it what you want, Steve Jobs’ business was about creating and selling desires, not just simple products. And that obsession ended up revolutionizing the computer, communication, entertainment and telephony industries. Among other films and documentaries about the golden apple entrepreneur, Jobs is worthy to watch because it shows Steve Jobs’ human side, his troubled personal life and his difficulties in relating to colleagues.
The biography of Stephen Hawkings is a great example of how entrepreneurial posture has great value outside the offices. The Theory of Everything shows the struggle of a young scientist, who discovers a degenerative motor disease at age 21, to continue doing what he loved and fulfilling his vocation. His persistence led him to make significant contributions in the field of astrophysics, consecrating him as one of the greatest scientists of our time.
The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing, a mathematician and great name in computer science, who was part of the Allies during World War II, being responsible for decoding messages from the Enigma machines used by the Nazis. Among other issues in Turing’s personal life – facing the prejudice against homosexuals in the 1940s, for example – the film tackles the importance of trust and team cooperation to achieve great results.