Though we do highly recommend our reading list (it’s made to inspire every and anyone), we also understand that a book is a commitment and sometimes our lives need a little bit more immediate gratification. So we have compiled a short list of some movies, videos, and tv shows that we are watching for inspiration and motivation. Let us know your thoughts.
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
So as I have been living in Los Angeles this summer I have seen more billboards and wall posters than I could have ever imagined possible and the one that I never seemed to be able to escape was for a new Netflix documentary called Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru. After doing some research on who Tony Robbins is, I (somewhat reluctantly) decided to sit down and watch this nearly two-hour documentary. It follows Tony at his huge seminar event in Florida titled “Date with Destiny,” where he interacts with the 2,500 participants in a way you have never seen before. In full disclosure, I was hesitant to get into this documentary because sometimes these life-coaching events make me feel like my skin is crawling, but with that said this is absolutely worth the watch.
Why we recommend it: Because life is hard. Like really hard. And if you’re entering into the realm of creating your own product, service, company, or just working for a start-up life can be even harder. And sometimes we all need that breakthrough moment to keep us inspired and motivated.
Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
You may be wondering why exactly this is on our list but give this 20-minute TED talk a watch and you’ll
understand (and if you still have some questions, let us know, we love questions). Simon Sinek is an author and consultant on a variety of topics across the leadership spectrum and even advises the military (so you know he’s legit). In this TED talk Sinek uses a chart to explain why some businesses, leaders, and organizations are more successful than others. This Golden Circle rule talks about the “what,” the “how,” and the “why.” Without giving too much away, Sinek’s talk changed the way people understood how to achieve success, and I think it’s a great way to tackle your life and your business.
Why we watched it: Sinek’s talk, though it sounds like a talk strictly on leadership from the title, is actually extremely poignant for any young entrepreneur looking to start a business. We frequently remind ourselves of Sinek’s golden circle rule here at Hatchpad, and we think you should do the same.
America’s Greatest Maker’s
Partnering with Intel means that there are bound to be some pretty crazy inventions and creations showcased on this show. This reality tv series features 24 teams of Makers who are building and competing each week for the ultimate prize of $1 Million to help fund their individual projects and ventures. The judging panel features Intel’s CEO, along with a few other seasoned professionals, and the occasional guest judge (like Shaq). They have just signed on for a second season but season one is available online, along with some extra helpful/educational videos. Did we mention that Hatchpad’s own Dean Dijour and his Collarator made it on to season one? Did we also mention that they made it pretty far? Check it out.
Why we watched it: Our platform here at Hatchpad is the perfect place to build up your business before taking it to the big times. We worked with Dean and love checking out new talent in the ever-growing industry.
This HBO series is a new take on journalism and apparently is doing well as it announced its renewal for another season. The show follows a small group of journalists and hosts as they travel to different parts of the world to talk about politics, cultural issues, medicine, and everything in between. We do want to give warning that this show covers mature topics and is not on primetime television for this particular reason (though it is absolutely worth the watch). Featuring interviews with people directly involved all manner of various operations, this is news on steroids and we couldn’t love it more. (Also, you have to have access to HBO to watch this one, unless you have other access that we won’t mention).
Why we watched it: How are you supposed to change the world if you don’t know what’s happening in it? No one expects you to be an expert on all topics but this show should give you enough information on almost everything that you need in order to move forward with your ideas or projects.
The title of this HBO series is a pretty dead giveaway as to what the show is about, but it cannot prepare you for the hilarity of it all. The series follows a group of guys who founded a startup company in startup heaven, Silicon Valley. What feels like it might be a drama circa The Social Network, with brooding friends and crazy girlfriends, is actually a pretty hilarious story about a group of guys who are not nearly prepared for the success that they find. The show is now in its fourth season and along the way has nabbed a series of nominations like a couple of Emmy’s and a few Golden Globes (it’s casual). The first few seasons are available on Amazon for your binge-watching pleasure.
Why we watched it: Sometimes we all need a little reminder that amidst all of the craziness and pessimism, that life is still pretty funny. It’s the lighter side of a world that takes a lot of flack for being pretty cut-throat. And because we all need a good laugh.
In a world where the internet is king, the idea that there are people out there that can hack into every aspect of your life is both sobering and a bit fear inducing. Mr. Robot tells the tale from both sides of the story as the lead character is a cyber security engineer by day and hacktivist by night. And never was a show more prominent than right now as email servers are being questioned and the Panama Papers dropped a bomb on the elite of the world. Not hooked yet? Well this USA show is beyond critically acclaimed and won the Golden Globe for best drama series. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, there is only one season so you’re not too far behind the crowd.
Why we watched it: Beyond the fact that it is purely just fantastic and addicting television. This show is a huge commentary on the world of technology as we know it and cause to educate yourself on what’s happening in your online universe.