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Top 8 Movies that Will Inspire You to Sell More

Movies are entertaining to watch. However, it is even more fulfilling when we watch movies and learn something in the process. The essence of good business is when we sell more to our customers. In this piece, we look at films that will inspire you to hone the art of closing more sales. So please, read all about it.

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Movies are fun to watch. Sometimes, all we need is entertainment, and other times, we need to be inspired, and movies are a quick go-to for such satiation. However, despite providing an avenue for us to enjoy ourselves and relax, movies can be harbingers of great lessons that can transform our way of thinking and our lives as a whole. Hence, we should take the time to pay attention to the overt and covert messages that the movies we see carry.

“I love watching movies. It breaks up the monotony of the road and momentarily takes you somewhere else.” — Santigold.

As a business or salesperson who is seeking ideas or some inspiration to grow a business, you can find that boost you need in a movie that entertains and inspires you at the same time. There are many movies out there that can inspire us in the business circles; however, in this piece, we will look at some inspirational sales movies. Here are the top eight sales movies that will inspire you to enhance your persuasive skills and make good profits in your business. 

#1. Thank You for Smoking

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“If you argue correctly, you’re never wrong.” — Nick Naylor.

As much as we do not advocate smoking, Thank You for Smoking is a 2005 movie about a salesman, Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), who sells a controversial product in his community. He is torn between telling his son not to smoke because it isn’t morally right and being a salesman for a tobacco company. Regardless of the moral dilemma, Nick came up with unique techniques and strategies to sell tobacco products. This movie is for sales representatives who are confused about selling products that society calls immoral or harmful. Nick Naylor shows you how to create winning pitches for a controversial development, and as such, it’s a must-watch.

#2. Pursuit of Happyness

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“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream; you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.” — Chris Gardner.

The movie Pursuit of Happyness made its debut in 2006. It spawns from a true-life story that everyone can relate to, especially when facing life’s challenges and overcoming them. The Pursuit of Happyness tells of a struggling salesman, Chris Gardner (Will Smith). He lost his wife, his property and became homeless with his five-year-old son, Christopher (Jaden Smith). Yet, irrespective of his condition, he pushed harder to win high-paying clients through professional sale pitches with many positive vibes coming from him. 

“Don’t throw in your towel just yet—determination today will lead to success tomorrow.” — Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze.

The Pursuit of Happyness is a story of resilience and pushing forward to achieve one’s goals against all odds. In Chris Gardner’s circumstances, many people would have given up on achieving any good thing and probably approach sales based on their current predicament that emits negative vibes alone. This movie is a must-watch for every salesperson, business owner, or anyone going through a rough patch in life in general. This movie tells you not to throw in the towel. Instead, stay positive and keep pushing.

#3. Tommy Boy

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“Embrace sales training.” — Tommy Boy.

Tommy Boy is a 1995 movie about winning in challenging sales. The story is about Tommy Callahan Jr. (Chris Farley), who needs to save his father’s auto part factory, who had died earlier. Tommy must raise enough money from selling brake pads else the factory will be closed down by a corporation that plans to buy it. So, Tommy must save the factory so the employers can still retain their jobs. In the beginning, it was tough to sell until he learned from a sales coach who gave him some nuggets to selling. This movie reaches many sales lessons, especially if you find closing sales deals very difficult. It will teach you some tips to close excellently.

#4. Steve Jobs

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“Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that it tells them what they need well before they realize it themselves.” — Steve Jobs.

The 2015 biographical movie is about the digital icon Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender), and it tells the story of the digital evolution that Steve Jobs’ products brought to the world. In addition, it shows his passion for technology and the need to solve problems through technology. Every businessperson needs to watch this movie to see how Steve handled marketing, team building, problem-solving, and lessons from a work-life balance that Steve wasn’t good at, to say the least.

#5. The Wolf of Wall Street

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“I will win, maybe not today or tomorrow, but one day I will win.” — Jordan Belfort.

The 2013 movie The Wolf of Wall Street keeps making a lot of waves in the business world, and as such, it needs no introduction. This movie tells the story of selling worthless penny stocks by Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), who used his wins to build an empire and lavish his wealth on big parties. While Belfort was involved in unethical sales practices, there are lessons on how to close sales. According to Belfort, you must sell the need and the dream no matter how the product is. Every consumer has requirements that he or she needs to meet. Once there is a satisfaction of that need, it becomes a dream come true. When you solve the customer’s problems, you are sure to be on your way to closing more sales.

#6. Money Ball

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“Trust in data, and it never lies.” — Billy Beane.

The 2011 movie, Money Ball, is a story about Billy Beane’s (Brad Pitt) decision to win the world’s series in baseball despite his lack of financial resources. To win, Billy must find a competitive edge using statistical data to build the right team with the most value. Money ball teaches entrepreneurs sales strategies and intelligent decision-making using data that can make any business win today.

#7. The Founder

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“If you believe in it, and you believe in it hard, it is impossible to fail.” — Ray Kroc.

The 2016 movie, The Founder, tells a story of a salesman, Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), who helped two brothers’ fast-food restaurant, McDonald’s, become the biggest restaurant in the world today. The movie teaches a lesson on persistence, ambition, and ruthlessness. But, most of all, the biggest lesson here is to set agreements right when making any business negotiations.

#8. Self-Made

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“Don’t sit down and wait for opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” — Madam C.J Walker.

This 2020 biography movie tells the story of Madam C.J Walker (Octavia Spencer), who was the first black American woman to be a millionaire selling hair products. Madam C.J. Walker saw a need for black women’s hair to look good and healthy to boost their confidence. Her pitch to women in gatherings and door-to-door sales marketing wasn’t easy. Still, triggering this opportunity kickstarted a famous hair brand that turned her customers into loyal evangelists, and today, she remains a legend. 

Tiffany Haddish, J. Alphonse Nicholson, and Derick Agyemang in Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (2020); Photo Credit: IMDb.

This movie teaches value and consistency in business and marketing. If you sell value, you’ll win over many loyal customers. You need to make sure that you maintain your standards and keep delivering value. At some point, Madam C.J Walker recruited and trained other women in the business, which helped them become entrepreneurs too. The people you recruit can further help in expanding your business only when you add value to their lives.

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Movies are always fun to watch. However, it would pay us to open our minds more to learn some lessons as we have seen in the eight movies above that would inspire people to sell more. These movies will teach you something or two in honing your persuasive skills in the art of the deal that will make you more profitable in business. Are there some other movies that you think should have been on this list? Let us know in the comments. 

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Nelly Essien is a guest contributor of Oaekpost, LLC, a U.S.-based online media company. As an entrepreneur, she an apt business strategist, content developer, and copywriter. Her areas of specialty on Oaekpost are the categories, News, Entertainment, and Lifestyle. You can reach her at

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Avengers: Infinity Wars—A Movie Review

The Avengers are on a mission—save humanity as we know it from the crushing actions of the Titan Thanos.

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The block buster movie, “The Avengers: Infinity War” brings together all your favorite superheroes—hands locked shoulder to shoulder in an epic battle. They were relentless in their will to win. From Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Nebula, Rocket, Groot, Mantis, The Collector, Vision, Loki, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Wong, M’Baku, Okoye, the Dora Milaje, etc. Their goal—save humanity as we know it from the crushing actions of the Titan Thanos.

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For the villains, the main character of the movie, Thanos, was not alone as the drumbeats of battle rolled through the galaxies. He had the Black Order, or Cull Obsidian, to back him up. The Black order was made up of Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Ebony Maw, and Black Dwarf. Bringing together all these superheroes and villains was Marvel’s way to give its global audience a tremendous thrill and an enormous emotional joy ride. To be honest, they did not disappoint at all to say the very least.

All these characters are in their nature and remain developed throughout the story, with each one of them playing integral roles. Even in this act, the Iron Man, Tony Stark, keeps struggling to have a normal life with Pepper, and Captain America tries to do what is right—always. Unlike the pairings you get in the superhero universe such as Tony Stark-Peter Parker moments—you don’t have it here. There are apparent stakes in the Infinity War.

What was Thanos’ Motivation?

Infinity War can be said to be Thanos’ film as the story is hinged on him presenting one of the most compelling characterizations. He is driven by the desire for power, convinced that he is being kind and merciful by his decision to take the lives of inhabitants of the universe. On the one hand, you might not seem to understand this crazy stance of his—wanting to wipe out half of the inhabitants of the world. But on another note, you start to see his reason and understand the pain for the kind of choice and sacrifice he had to make to achieve his goal.

The Golden Gauntlet

“There are six stones out there. Thanos already has the Power Stone because he stole it last week when he decimated Xandar. He stole the Space Stone from me when he destroyed my ship and slaughtered half my people. The Time and Mind Stones are safe on Earth, they’re with the Avengers.” — Thor

Why destroy half of the universe? I have never really thought about what motivated Thanos to carry out such a drastic act in the movie until now. Reading in the Smithsonian Magazine, Thanos is compared to Thomas Malthus, a philosopher who wrote an essay claiming that populations grow much faster than their food resources, and if population growth is left unchecked, it would lead to a collapse of society. In the same light, Thanos believed that the amount of life in the universe was unsustainable and would eventually destroy itself by consuming all resources. Is it justified? For now, I will say no, but will leave this philosophical discussion for later.

Thanos’ nihilist agenda—destroy the universe as we know it

“In time, you will know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right. Yet to fail all the same. Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.” — Thanos

The movie kicked off with a shocker. Loki tries to weasel his way out of yet another sticky situation, but our new villain shows that he is not here for games. He reduces Loki’s appearance in the movie to a mere cameo. Or did the God of Mischief play a fast one on Thanos? Who knows? It’s Marvel after all.

Then came the Hulk. We were sure that he would give this bad guy something to think of seriously. However, he deals out some quick combos that turn our green giant into a scared shadow of himself.

Thor manages to flee on learning of Thanos’s intent and is rescued by the Guardians of the Galaxy while Doctor Strange and Spiderman go after Thanos.

Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Bucky, Falcon, and Black Panther’s goal is to help Vision who has the Mind Stone. The Avengers face the dilemma of deciding whether to destroy the stone while it was still attached to Vision or keeping it and risking allowing what seems to be the single most stalwart being seize it in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) till date. While the Avengers choose not to sacrifice their own to achieve their goal, Thanos’ approach is the exact opposite. He tosses Gamorra, his adopted daughter down a cliff, effectively sacrificing her for one of the other stones. I am sure some of our readers can relate to this single-minded ambition and its destructive influence on relationships.

Perhaps the most outstanding battle scene was the Wakanda invasion. After falling in love with this African utopia in the Black Panther movie, audiences were pleased to revisit the land of King T’challa. However, this return visit was not a friendly one. We saw a battle that had us questioning our eyes. Our heroes, our cherished icons; falling one after the other, to this strange force. The more stones Thanos added to the Infinity Gauntlet, the more powerful he became, and the closer he got to achieving his goal—obliterating half of the universe.

“You are in Wakanda now. Thanos will have nothing but dust, and blood.” — T’Challa

Overall, the Infinity War is such an emotional and compelling movie that it leaves you reeling in your seat, breathless and drained. The main plot bequests more questions than answers, but it’s not all there is about the movie. There is so much going on with subplots added to the main story, giving it a long stretch. But what do you expect when many of your characters are here?

Infinity War raised the stakes high with Thanos’s character, bringing all Marvel heroes of the past ten years together and engaging them with the cause of saving the world. The good thing again is these characters are given the space to shine and show themselves as we have known them to be. Still, that end left us in greater awe or should I say in more suspense of what is to come. With this, I would give the film a 4.5 Stars rating.


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Black Panther: A Movie Review

“Wakanda will no longer watch from the shadows. We cannot. We must not. We will work to be an example of how we, as brothers and sisters on this earth, should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one single tribe.” — T’Challa

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Black Panther—the melanistic hue variation of any big feline species. Panthera pardus—the black panthers of Asia and Africa are leopards. Panthera onca—the black panthers of the Americas are jaguars. Some of their common names are panther, back leopard, or the black jaguar. Panthers are incredibly intelligent, powerful, fearless, agile, very aggressive, scarcely seen, very quiet, and cautious. This feline became the foundational choice for the creation of the marvel character that we all have come to love—the Black Panther.

Who created Marvel’s Black Panther Character? Whenever we talk about Marvel’s Black Panther, the first name that readily comes to me is Stan Lee. As it stands, Stan Lee was only a Co-Creator of the Black Panther. The other Co-Creator was Jacob Kurtzberg, best known by his pen name, Jack Kirby (1917-1994), an American comic book artist and editor. In a 1990 interview with The Comics Journal, Groth asked Jack Kirby, “How did you come up with the Black Panther?” His answer gave me a new insight on the genesis of the Marvel superhero, Black Panther. In his response, verbatim, Kirby said: “I came up with the Black Panther because I realized I had no blacks in my strip. I’d never drawn a black. I needed a black. I suddenly discovered that I had a lot of black readers. My first friend was a black! And here I was ignoring them because I was associating with everybody else. It suddenly dawned on me — believe me, it was for human reasons — I suddenly discovered nobody was doing blacks. And here I am a leading cartoonist and I wasn’t doing a black.”

Black Panther—The Movie.  Source: Marvel

“Wakanda will no longer watch from the shadows. We cannot. We must not. We will work to be an example of how we, as brothers and sisters on this earth, should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one single tribe.” — T’Challa

Wakanda Forever! When you think about the new Black Panther movie, what comes to mind first is the picture of an all-black cast made up of influential individuals. Wakanda isn’t the standard of an all-star cast Hollywood film, not to talk of one that features a superhero. This Marvel Comics movie dared to go where no superhero has hitherto has gone. Director Ryan Coogler blew our minds in the movie and set off an advent of what may translate to a cultural revolution that will also evoke a lot of debate about various issues relating to diversity and inclusion on a global scale. The storyline dove straight into the depths of a fictional black wonderland. Presenting black people as never before captured on the screen—proud, confident and utterly awesome! 

The primary plot line is simple. Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becomes king after his father’s (i.e., T’Chaka (Atandwa Kani)) death and faces the challenge of finding Ulysses “Klaw” Klaue (Andy Serkis), the madman who once stole Vibranium from Wakanda. T’challa discovers Klaw but is unable to take him back home. Meanwhile, his cousin Erik Stevens (Michael B. Jordan), had sharpened his skills as a fearless assassin, aptly named Killmonger, who finds his way to Wakanda to challenge him for the throne. Killmonger throws T’Challa off a waterfall and gains control of the kingdom, wreaking havoc. Killmonger’s primary goal is to take advantage of Wakanda’s technological superiority and conquer the world, creating a new world where blacks are the most powerful race. 

Diversity and inclusion are critical

We see Erik carrying the Herculean load of pain. His father, Prince N’Jobu (Sterling K. Brown), King T’Chaka’s brother, was secretly planning to arm the oppressed people (i.e., the black race) of the world with Vibranium. For this treasonous act, according to Wakandan law, T’Chaka had N’Jobu killed. Erik, growing up with this pain and loss, wanted to seek revenge for the death of his father and fulfill his father’s vision of arming the oppressed black race. Now, going off the tangent, to be honest, the black race has undergone a lot of discrimination in everyday life due to the prevalence of racism. It is safe to say that racism is abject ignorance. Those who peddle it lack the knowledge of what unites us all as the human element. They are lacking love. They are lacking God. You cannot hate your brother and claim a love for God. God is Love.

However, Erik’s idea of world domination with the black race at the helm of global leadership was in stark contrast to Wakanda’s old way of hiding away from the rest of the world. Erik’s idea of global domination by violence, in my opinion, was wrong and a little warped. Victory over the ignorance of racism against blacks, and all minorities alike, can only be won with love, knowledge, and understanding. In an ideal world, the dominance of one race should not be the goal—a unified interdependent growth should be the goal. Violence will just end up reproducing more violence. In other to make the world a better place that is devoid of hatred starts with everyone looking at themselves in the mirror. Can you honestly say that you are full of love, knowledge, and understanding? If you are, you will teach your young ones to be full of love, consciousness, and understanding—then we will have some hope of redeeming a future so that it is not full of discrimination and hatred. If we are full of love, knowledge, and understanding, there will be no racism. We are not there yet.

Let’s end racism!

“People die every day. That’s just part of life around here.” — Erik Killmonger

After the fight between Killmonger and Prince T’Challa, Erik orders that the Heart-Shaped Herb Garden be burnt after he performs the burial ritual of becoming the Black Panther. Luckily, Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), a Wakandan spy, T’Challa’s lover and a member of the War Dogs, stole one of the Heart-Shaped Herb, before the herb garden was burnt. Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), T’challa’s mother, and sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), make their way to the mountains to seek help from general M’baku (Derek Jacobi) of the Jabari tribe. It was the palace of M’baku that he reveals T’challa’s unconscious body to them, and they revive him with the Heart-Shaped Herb that Nakia stole before the garden was burnt. T’challa’s body had been picked up by one of the natives of M’baku’s kingdom. T’challa then returns to defeat Killmonger and takes back his throne.

Generally, the film was well researched and directed. The creators derived the languages and fashion styles from several existing African tribes. There are elements of Kenyan, South African, and Nigerian culture in the fictional world. Also, interestingly, the museum scene featured some treasured masks and art pieces from Ancient Africa, sparking conversations about lost African art. The depiction of Shuri, T’challa’s sister, a teenage black girl, as a capable scientist, taking the helm of the nation’s technological advancement is also a thing of pride for the womenfolk. Other female characters such as Okoye (Danai Gurira), Leader of The Dora Milaje, and Nakia also held their own and created a fantastic blend of male and female characters, all strong and capable, helping each other in their areas of weakness.

Black women—proud, smart, powerful, and African

“I’ve seen too many in need just to turn a blind eye. I can’t be happy here knowing that there’s people out there who have nothing.” — Nakia to T’Challa

The metaphorical link between Wakanda and Africa cannot be missed. Wakanda’s alignment with its culture and natural habitat despite enormous technological advancement reflect how magical and beautiful Africa could have been if centuries of exploitation from external forces had not eroded her resources and culture. Is this an accurate picture of an untainted Africa or a case of wishful thinking? We may never know. However, Africans must arise to redefine their status in the community of nations. Continual blame on the contrary effects of colonization should not be an excuse to remain in perpetual poverty and staying under-developed. African governments and the African people must tuck away the self-indulgent notions of seeking wealth for themselves and begin thinking collectively and looking for ways to change the status quo and advance themselves. The utopian Wakanda in the movie, Black Panther, could become a reality and the “Future-Africa” that the continent could experience, ceteris paribus. 

Perhaps the most robust theme explored in the movie is the relationship between continental blacks and African Americans. Even in the film, we can see the differences in the worldview based on the unique experiences both groups have had to face. For T’challa who grew up with the love of his family, without suffering the daily threat of racial prejudice—he has an optimistic and sincere approach to life. For Killmonger, who lost his father at an early age and grew up in the ghetto, his viewpoint is a lot more cynical, and this feeds his motivations. While his mission to use Vibranium technology to conquer the world seems unfair, the reality is that a world power more or less oversees every civilization. From the times of the Greeks to the Romans, Persians, English and now the Americans, all who have become dominant on the global scene have done so by using superior technological might. It seems that the world has always operated on a principle that the strongest must still rule. On a flip side of the debate of dominance, ‘If that is the case, then why should Wakanda hold back?’ Let’s talk about this.

This revolutionary film can be rated FIVE STARS not just because of its ‘Blackish’ characteristic but for the message, it tells the world (This is who we are—Africans!), and for the “Hope,” it presents to the Black race world over.

We can say Africa Forever! in one voice.


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