4 Movies Which Will Inspire you to Become the Best Product Manager on Planet Earth!
By Arijit Banerjee
It’s a great habit to replenish your motivation, and flame your passion, by watching movies that have the power to inspire you. After all, movies depict real life struggles and accomplishments and enable us to prepare ourselves to face similar situations in life. There are many award winning Hollywood movies that beautifully portray the real life stories of people who have made their mark in the pages of history.
Today, we handpick four such inspiring movies that every aspiring product manager must watch and get inspired to chase their goal with greater grit and force.
Invictus – Nothing is impossible
Invictus is our first choice for you as it narrates the story of winning against all odds. The story conveys this message beautifully woven into the life of Nelson Mandela and how he inspires the young and naïve South African rugby team to win the rugby world cup in 1995 and bring a feeling of oneness in a country divided by skin colour.
“I’m the master of my fate I’m the captain of my soul.”
These words by Nelson Mandela tell us that we alone decide what’s possible or impossible for us. Becoming a good product manager and proving yourself can be a tough task if your product is not great or popular yet like the South African rugby team. But by eliminating all doubts and instilling confidence in self and your team, your product can also dominate the market and win like the South African team.
The Social Network- Be innovative
Based on the story of Mark Zuckerburg, the birth of Facebook and numerous controversies revolving around it, The Social Network is a must watch for young and disruptive minds who truly believe in the power of innovation. The film shows how a game changing idea that took birth in an informal conversation between friends become the world’s greatest networking website and made Mark one of the richest people in the world. The movie also portrays that many unexpected hurdles can come in the form of personal and professional conflicts, but keeping an unwavering focus on your dream is the most important factor in achieving success.
Product managers are always at the leading edge of innovation as new technologies are redefining how marketing and product management is done. To master product management, one must foster innovative ideas and think out of the box to come up with game changing ideas for their product.
The pursuit of happiness - Never give up
Few movies can grip you emotionally the way this movie does. The father son duo played by Will Smith and Jaden Smith narrate the story of the entrepreneur Chris Gardner and his struggle to reach success. The story shows how Chris despite being unemployed, homeless, separated from wife and looking after his son fought each day to change his fate.
“The world is your oyster. It’s up to you to find the pearls.”
Taking care of a product is similar to raising a child. The product manager has to look after the product through its every phase of product life cycle. Careful product planning is complemented with masterful execution and foresight. Many a times the product may not perform up to expectation, but with a never give up attitude, a good product manager ensures that the sales graph is always pointing north even through recession.
Office Space – Do what you love
Along with the movies that can get you teary, pumped up and creative we share the last flavour in our list as comic. Yes inspiration can come from a light hearted office story of an employee who is unhappy with his company and boss and plans a coup with two other colleagues.
In its own way, the film shows that Peter is frustrated with his career as it’s not his calling. The company does not appreciate his work and in turn Peter decides to take revenge with his boss. But in a comedy of errors, Peter finds a job he likes and finds true work satisfaction.
The lesson for young aspiring product managers is to not settle for any other profession and work hard to begin their career as product managers. The movie shows that by doing what you love, you get greater work satisfaction and therefore achieve more.
Now armed with the list of movies to watch, dim the lights, get the popcorn and prepare to get inspired. For those ready to take action, taking up a product management training course is a great way to better your chances of becoming a good product manager.