A Most Violent Year
When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when you jump. Otherwise you end up staying in the same place your entire life … and that I can’t do.
– Abe Morales
As I have bemoaned before good business movies are almost as scarce as hen’s teeth. Now we finally get another good one for our list of Top 10 Business Movies, A Most Violent Year. This is a real gem. In it Oscar Issac plays Abel Morales an honest business man and budding tycoon building a home heating oil delivery empire in New York City.
Every now and then I stumble across a bona fide gem in the field of motivation. This is one of them. Focus on systems not goals. In The Tycoon Playbook we go into this in detail. It’s about building systems for growth.
The Profit’s Progress Report After Two Seasons
Some people might not do a progress report in the hopes that we don’t remember their failures. Not Marcus. He’s equally open about both failures and successes. As a result this turned out to be an enjoyable episode to watch especially because I got too see how some of my favorites were doing a year after The Lemonis Intervention. Hopefully at some point next year he will do a progress report on the businesses in the most recent episode such as Shuler’s B-B-Q, Coopersburg Sports, Simple Greek, Artistic Stitch, and Courage-b.
Marcus and Simple Greek (formerly My Big Fat Greek Gyro)
This was another good episode from a business lessons standpoint. Basically everything that could go wrong had gone wrong by the time Marcus arrived. My only complaint as usual is that the 42 minute show limitation left a great deal on the cutting room floor.
The Return of Sharla & Planet Popcorn
Last night’s episode on the ASL Sign Company was an odd one in many ways. Not only was it a pointless endeavor for Marcus, but the producers decided to cut it short and insert a 10 minute update at the end on Sharla of Planet Popcorn infamy.