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10 Movies You Need To Watch To Be More Successful

10 Movies You Need To Watch To Be More Successful

We’ve all had the experience of walking into the movies, and then walking out feeling like different people.

Movies have the potential to inspire, and influence our decisions about life. And why wouldn’t they?

We’re all familiar with the work of Woody Allen, James Cameron, and Quentin Tarantino. Three of the great many writers and directors who know how to emotionally impact an audience.

Sometimes a movie could be our motivational bridge to the success we truly desire.

And in this article, I’m sharing my personal list of  10 movies you need to watch to be more successful’ 

1. Fight Club: Materialism And Detachment

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    ”You are not your job. You are not how much you have in the bank. You are not the contents of your wallet. You are not your khakis. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.” – Tyler Durden

    Fight Club is a movie that offers more than a few lessons in success. However, one of the greatest lessons we can benefit from this movie is that of Materialism and emotional detachment.

    According to Tyler Durden: Fight Club is about freeing yourself from the shackles of modern life, which imprisons and emasculates you. By being willing to give and receive pain and risk death.

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    Fight Club is one of those movies that can be watched over, and over again, finding something valuable to take away every time.

    2. Pumping Iron: Self-Belief And Assertion

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      “I was always dreaming about very powerful people, dictators and things like that. I was just always impressed by people who could be remembered for hundreds of years, or even, like Jesus, be for thousands of years remembered.”
      – Arnold Schwarzenegger

      Pumping Iron is not just a movie for body builders. No. Pumping Iron is a movie for those who would like to capture the power of self-belief and assertion in action.

      Arnold Schwarzenegger shares his mindset, attitude, and personal beliefs in this documentary classic. And will no doubt leave you inspired when you watch it.

      3. The Secret: Positive Attitude

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        “Instead of focusing on the world’s problems, give your attention and energy to trust, love, abundance, education and peace” – The Secret

        The Secret, is a movie based on The Law Of Attraction. (Also available as a paperback book). Whilst many are skeptical about the Law Of Attraction, the movie does, however, portray a very positive philosophy for life.

        The film has one primary aim: To help you lead a better life by changing your mental attitude. So for anyone who is looking for inspiration and motivation, The Secret is a movie that does just that.

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        4. The Social Network: Entitlement

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          ”A guy who makes a nice chair doesn’t owe money to everyone who has ever built a chair.” – The Social Network

          Everyone should be familiar with The Social Network movie, and the success of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

          The Social Network is a movie that will inspire anyone to feel deserving of success, whilst also showing some of the drawbacks that being successful can have with the creation of backstabbing and legal rows.

          5. Yes Man: Opportunity

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            ”YES! Say it a million times. Then say it a million more. And the word you will have said two million times is…” – Yes Man

            Yes Man, is a fun movie that anyone can appreciate.  Jim Carrey plays Carl Allen, who lives and average and unfulfilled life.

            He finds himself at a self-help seminar called ‘Yes’, and soon, his life makes an interesting shift. This movie will have you thinking about all the opportunities you may have missed by saying ‘no’ to things.

            6. Limitless: Getting Things Done

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              ”I wasn’t high. I wasn’t wired. Just clear. I knew what I needed to do and how to do it.” – Limitless

              Bradley Cooper plays procrastinating writer, Eddie Morra. One day Eddie finds his life take an immediate shift when introduced to a new drug.

              One can’t help to watch this film, and want to get in on the narcotic action. However, instead of using a drug, this film will enlighten you, and get you thinking about all the things you could be doing with your life.

              This is a movie that will certainly arouse you to take some action, and produce results with your life.

              7. The Wolf Of Wall Street: Drive And Prosperity

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                ”Let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time.” – The Wolf Of Wall Street

                Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, The Wolf Of Wall Street is a film that demonstrates some of the things money can buy, and what it cant.

                One can’t help to watch this film and feel empowered by DiCapprio’s performance. The Wolf Of Wall Street is a film that will make you revaluate your current life, and have you aiming for the finer things.

                8. The Words: Own Your Work

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                  ”At some point, you have to choose between life and fiction. The two are very close, but they never actually touch.” – The Words

                  Another movie featuring Bradley Cooper, playing a struggling writer. The Words demonstrates how success can be a difficult, and provoke you to give up, or in these cases, copy someone else.

                  This movie will certainly inspire you to take charge of you work, and to do the best you can with what you have.

                  9. In Pursuit Of Happyness: Never Giving Up

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                    ”Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do something’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something’, go get it. Period.” – In Pursuit Of Happyness

                    In Pursuit Of Happyness is beautiful film that will almost leave you in tears. Will Smith plays, salesman Chris Gardner who encounters a great financial struggle, becoming homeless.

                    This film will demonstrate why you should never give up on yourself, and to not allow circumstances to destroy your dreams.

                    10. Good Will Hunting: Competence

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                      ”You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally… I don’t give a shit about all that, because you know what, I can’t learn anything from you, I can’t read in some fucking’ book. Unless you want to talk about you, who you are. Then I’m fascinated. I’m in. But you don’t want to do that do you sport? You’re terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief.” – Good Will Hunting

                      Good Will Hunting is a touching film, containing great conversations between characters Will Hunting (Matt Damon) and Sean Maguire (Robin Williams).

                      For anyone who has a talent, and does not believe themselves worthy of success. This film will certainly inspire you, and prove you competent.

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                      Forget Learning How to Multitask: Boost Productivity 10X More with Focus

                      Forget Learning How to Multitask: Boost Productivity 10X More with Focus

                      There’s a dark side to the conveniences of the Digital Age. With smartphones that function like handheld computers, it has become increasingly difficult to leave our work behind. Sometimes it seems like we’re expected to be accessible 24/7.

                      How often are you ever focused on just one thing? Most of us try to meet these demands by multi-tasking.

                      Many of us have bought into the myth that we can achieve more through multi-tasking. In this article, I’ll show you how you can accomplish more work in less time. Spoiler alert: multi-tasking is not the answer.

                      Why is multitasking a myth?

                      The term “multi-tasking” was originally used to describe how microprocessors in computers work. Machines multitask, but people cannot.

                      Despite our inability to simultaneously perform two tasks at once, many people believe they are excellent multi-taskers.

                      You can probably imagine plenty of times when you do several things at once. Maybe you talk on the phone while you’re cooking or respond to emails during your commute.

                      Consider the amount of attention that each of these tasks requires. Chances are, at least one of the two tasks in question is simple enough to be carried out on autopilot.

                      We’re okay at simultaneously performing simple tasks, but what if you were trying to perform two complex tasks? Can you really work on your presentation and watch a movie at the same time? It can be fun to try to watch TV while you work, but you may be unintentionally making your work more difficult and time-consuming.

                      Your brain on multi-tasking

                      Your brain wasn’t designed to multi-tasking. To compensate, it will switch from task to task. Your focus turns to whatever task seems more urgent. The other task falls into the background until you realize you’ve been neglecting it.

                      When you’re bouncing back and forth like this, an area of the brain known as Broadmann’s Area 10 activates. Located in your fronto-polar prefrontal cortex at the very front of the brain, this area controls your ability to shift focus. People who think they are excellent multitaskers are really just putting Broadmann’s Area 10 to work.

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                      But I can juggle multiple tasks!

                      You are capable of taking in information with your eyes while doing other things efficiently. Scientifically speaking, making use of your vision is the only thing you can truly do while doing something else.

                      For everything else, you’re serial tasking. This constant refocusing can be exhausting, and it prevents us from giving our work the deep attention it deserves.

                      Think about how much longer it takes to do something when you have to keep reminding yourself to focus.

                      Why multitasking is failing you

                      Multitasking does more bad than good to your productivity, here’re 4 reasons why you should stop multitasking:

                      Multitasking wastes your time.

                      You lose time when you interrupt yourself. People lose an average of 2.1 hours per day getting themselves back on track when they switch between tasks.

                      In fact, some studies suggest that doing multiple things at once decreases your productivity by as much as 40%. That’s a significant loss in efficiency. You wouldn’t want your surgeon to be 40% less productive while you’re on the operating table, would you?

                      It makes you dumber.

                      A distracted brain performs a full 10 IQ points lower than a focused brain. You’ll also be more forgetful, slower at completing tasks, and more likely to make mistakes.

                      You’ll have to work harder to fix your mistakes. If you miss an important detail, you could risk injury or fail to complete the task properly.

                      This is an emotional response.

                      There’s so much data suggesting that multitasking is ineffective but people insist that they can multitask.

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                      Feeling productive fulfills an emotional need. We want to feel like we’re accomplishing something. Why accomplish just one item on the to-do list when you can check off two or three?

                      It’ll wear you out.

                      When you’re jumping from task to task, it can feel invigorating for a little while. Over time, this needs to fill every second with more and more work leads to burn out.

                      We’re simply not built to multitask, so when we try, the effect can be exhausting. This destroys your productivity and your motivation.

                      How to stop multitasking and work productively

                      Flitting back and forth between tasks feels second-nature after a while. This is in part because Broadmann’s Area 10 becomes better at serial tasking through time.

                      In addition to changing how the brain works, this serial tasking behavior can quickly turn into a habit.

                      Just like any bad habit, you’ll need to recognize that you need to make a change first. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to adjust to a lifestyle of productive mono-tasking:

                      1. Consciously change gears

                      Instead of trying to work on two distinct tasks at once, consider setting up a system to remind you when to change focus. This technique worked for Jerry Linenger, an American astronaut onboard the space station, Mir.

                      As an astronaut, he had many things to take care of every day. He set alarms for himself on a few watches. When a particular watch sounded, he knew it was time to switch tasks. This enabled him to be 100% in tune with what he was doing at any given moment.

                      This strategy is effective because the alarm served as his reminder for what was to come next. Linenger’s intuition about setting reminders falls in line with research conducted by Paul Burgess of University College, London on multitasking.

                      2. Manage multiple tasks without multitasking

                      Raj Dash of Performancing.com has an effective strategy for balancing multiple projects without multitasking. He suggests taking 15 minutes to acquaint yourself with a new project before moving on to other work. Revisit the project later and do about thirty minutes on research and brainstorming.

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                      Allow a few days to pass before knocking out the project in question. While you were actively work on other projects, your brain continues to problem solve-in the background.

                      This method works because it gives us the opportunity to work on several projects without allowing them to compete for your attention.

                      3. Set aside distractions

                      Your smartphone, your inbox and the open tabs on your computer are all open invitations for distraction. Give yourself time each day when you silence your notifications, close your inbox and remove unnecessary tabs from your desktop.

                      If you want to focus, you can’t give anything else an opportunity to invade your mental space.

                      Emails can be particularly invasive because they often have an unnecessary sense of urgency associated with them. Some work cultures stress the importance of prompt responses to these messages, but we can’t treat every situation like an emergency.

                      Designate certain times in your day for checking and responding to emails to avoid compulsive checking.

                      4. Take care of yourself

                      We often blame electronics for pulling us from our work, but sometimes our physical body forces us into a state of serial tasking. If you’re hungry while you’re trying to work, your attention will flip between your hunger and your work until you take care of your physical needs.

                      Try to take all your bio-breaks before you sit down for an uninterrupted stint of work.

                      In addition, you’ll also want to be sure you’re attending to your health in a broader sense. Getting enough exercise, practicing mindfulness and incorporating regular breaks into your day will keep you from being tempted by distractions.

                      5. Take a break

                      People are more likely to head to YouTube or check their social media when they need a break. Instead of trying to work and watch a mindless video at the same time, give yourself times when you’re allowed to enjoy your distracting activity of choice.

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                      Limit how much time you’ll spend on this break so that your guilt-free distraction time doesn’t turn into hours of wasted time.

                      6. Make technology your ally

                      Scientists are beginning to discover the detrimental effects of chronic serial tasking on our brains. Some companies are developing programs to curb this desire to multitask.

                      Apps like Forest turn staying focused into a game. Extensions like RescueTime help you track your online habits so that you can be more aware of how you spend your time.

                      The key to productivity: Focus

                      Multitasking is not the key to productivity. It’s far better to schedule time to focus on each task than it is to try to do everything at once.

                      Make use of the methods outlined above and prepare to be more effective and less exhausted in the process.

                      If you want to learn more about how to focus, don’t miss my other article:

                      How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

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