If you are anything like me, you're always looking for ways to become a better and more efficient entrepreneur. While books, articles, and workshops are all incredible places to gain knowledge and insight, sometimes you just need to sit back and watch something inspiring and informative on Netflix, kinda like the following five documentaries.

1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This 2011 documentary profiles Jiro Ono, a sushi master and owner of the Sukiyabashi Jiro. Not only has the restaurant been awarded three stars by the Michelin Guide, it also has only 10 seats and is considered one of the best sushi restaurants in the world.

Why you should watch it

Ono is a great example of someone who possess the entrepreneurial spirit. His hard work, dedication, and obsession aren't the result of wanting fame or fortune. They are due to his having a dream to provide the best sushi for his customers. And, most important, he loves what he's doing.

2. Burt's Buzz

Released in 2013, Burt's Buzz shows how a roadside honey business grew into the natural cosmetics company Burt's Bees, now worth around $1 billion. It also follows its late co-founder, Burt Shavitz.

Why you should watch it

Shavitz may be one of the most unlikely entrepreneurs you'll come across. However, there are some valuable lessons that he has instilled. For example, brand recognition. Burt was a pretty earth-friendly guy and enforced the brand perception of being natural. Also, it shows that you can succeed without compromising your values. The company rejected a deal with Target because Target wanted to use three cardboard boxes instead one, which would have resulted in more waste.

3. Print the Legend

This 2014 documentary was distributed by Netflix and follows the evolution of the 3-D-printing industry by examining the possibilities companies like MakerBot, Formlabs, Stratasys, and 3D Systems are capable of. The film also discusses the controversial Cody Wilson, who wishes to make functioning firearms with a 3-D printer.

Why you should watch it

The startup lessons shared in Print the Legend are absolutely priceless. For example, how different personalities shaped a startup early on, with the relationship between the founders of Formlabs. You can also see the reality startups face when investing and why leadership is so important.

4. Inside Lego

Released as a short film by Bloomberg in 2014, Inside Lego visits the company's headquarters in Denmark to provide viewers a closer view into the company's history, its production, and its fans.

Why you should watch it

Everything may be awesome for Lego now, but a decade ago the company was reportedly losing a million dollars a day. The company changed its strategy and began to focus on the core principles established by CEO Jrgen Vig Knudstorp. The result? The company has a devoted fanbase and has been enjoying double-digit growth over the past four years.

5. Happy

This 2012 documentary features scientists, researchers, and thought leaders--along with interviews from people around the world--who explain what makes you happy.

Why you should watch it

Not only does Happy prove that money actually will make you happy, it also provides tips on how to achieve your real happiness--by changing your daily routine up a bit or cultivating meaningful relationships. As an entrepreneur, you must love what you're doing because that's what will motivate you every day.

Have you seen any of the movies on this list? Which is your favorite and why?

 

Published on: Jul 29, 2015
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