Learning Business From the Big Screen
The Aviator (2004)
Don’t be afraid of the big guy. The Oscar-winning film follows the 20-year career of the legendary Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio), as he goes from being a perfectionist Hollywood film director to an innovative airplane pilot and owner of an airline. The bio-pic shows Hughes as he takes over Trans World Airlines and tries to compete with the big, bad Pan American Airlines. The road is long, and PanAm puts up a fight, but Hughes never gives up. And though Hughes eventually suffered from debilitating paranoia and phobias, in the movie he at least makes a brief comeback at the end. The lesson from this movie and entrepreneur’s story is this: Never be afraid to take on a company bigger than yours.