The wedding business can be a grind. There are days that all the proposals or hard work that you’ve done for someone else, is just not enough. Days where they’ve invested $100, but want a return valued at $10,000. There are the days when you’ve made countless phone calls and accomplished nothing other than having someone hang up on you in mid-sentence. Or you’ve gone a long stretch of time without picking up any new business and you wonder if you’ll ever close another sale again.
It’s good, during times like these, to have some inspiration to help you keep pushing. When we’re struggling with the grind we will sometimes go to YouTube, Red Box or Hulu.plus and pull up clips from some all time great motivational movies. Here are three of our favorite movies and movie scenes to watch during those tough days.
My wife loves the movie, Baby Boom, with Diane Keaton. Why? Whenever she’s feeling down or struggling with business–for some reason this movie helps her get back in the game and motivates her! I asked her ‘what it was that motivated her in this movie? Her reply, “I love that she’s down and out–taking care of her new baby–(spoiler alert) creates something from nothing–making millions. Most of all, I love that she finds herself, finds love and is a true success in all that she is.’ She also loves the movies: ‘Wedding Planner, You Got Mail, The Holiday…and other movies like that….(if you know what I mean!)
The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith. I asked a guy one time, when he drove up in the most incredible Ferrier, ‘What do you do?!’ It reminded me of this movie….one of the best sales movies of all time. Will Smith is phenomenal in the true life story of Chris Gardner who, through a combination of risk and persistence, overcame huge obstacles to become a successful stock broker. My favorite scene is the climactic close (spoiler alert) when Gardner finds out that he is the one broker, hired on trial basis, who will be offered a permanent position. The combination of joy and relief on his face as he leaves the office to share the good news with his young son is something that all sales people will find inspirational.
Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks. Overcoming adversity, flying, determined to see that ‘It’s a bright new day filled with unlimited opportunities.’ I’m fascinated by the courage and competence of the men who flew the Apollo missions. As I watch the astronauts and the crew at Mission Control, overcome every obstacle and challenge to bring the Apollo 13 team home alive, it reminds me how small and manageable my problems are in comparison. The recovery of the space capsule when it lands and the excitement of the men and their families, would have to rank as my favorite scene.
So, we encourage you today to keep your heads up, stay in the fight….and maybe, take some time to watch a movie….