Today I went to the movies and saw The Boss with four fabulous women. A movie that passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors, it is hilarious and at times far-fetched, however, it is chockfull of invaluable business lessons wedged between the Melissa McCarthy’s physical comedy. As a female entrepreneur, who has gotten a lot of support from other women, I truly appreciated some of the messages portrayed. The following are the lessons I picked up from The Boss, and I promise no- spoilers.
Find your motivation. Entrepreneurism and business is hard work and you will need to find what motivates you to keep going.
Have the courage to get off the corporate treadmill. It’s smart to keep the “real” or “stable” job while you figure out if your side hustle is going to work out, but you are going to get to the point where you will be faced with a choice- stay where you are (the job) or venture into the unknown (your own business). Nothing is guaranteed- you could get laid off or your business can fail. Either way, give yourself permission to try.
Relationships matter. It’s very hard to get to the top by yourself. Surround yourself with the people who are going to bring out the best in you and who will push you. Ask for help when you need it. Be willing to give it when asked. Humility is key. Also, you never know where on the journey you are catching someone- on the way up or on the way down. Either way, the Golden Rule always applies.
Always get back up no matter how you were knocked down. Resilience is so important not just in business but also in life. As the song goes- “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again.”
Reach into an untapped audience/ market. This is Business 101. Pay attention to who your audience is and market to them. Figure out who is being left out, they maybe your new source of business.
Provide something of value. Know what motivates your customers and your advocates. If you are promoting certain qualities, actually provide it.
Have a sense of humor. Humor can be a unifier, a mood lifter, a tension breaker. It makes hard days easier. It can keep you sane. Don’t discount it. Humor is not a sought-after relationship trait for nothing.
What lessons did you learn? What other movies have valuable business or life lessons that you apply? Let me know- you can email me at email@example.com