La La Land by now is an Oscar-winning, Golden Globe-winning musical film that swept the nation and blew audiences away with its elements of escapism and following your dreams. However, the movie is more than just singing and dancing. It also offers many life lessons that can be readily applied to the business world. Here are four lessons that small business owners and entrepreneurs everywhere can learn from La La Land.
(SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen La La Land yet, there are spoilers below! )
- Follow Your Dreams
The two lead characters, Mia and Sebastian (played by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, respectively), are big dreamers. Mia dreams of becoming a successful movie actress, while Ryan longs to start his own jazz club and spend his days playing music for everyone. There are definitely twists and turns along the way on their path to success, but the important thing to take away is that if you have a dream, chase it with vigor.
- Create Your Own Opportunities
When Mia has a hard time getting roles through her auditions, she decides to write and stage her own one-woman show. This is actually the catalyst that leads her to a successful audition and eventually launches her film career. If you don’t see anything out there for you, create your own opportunities. For the entrepreneurs out there, what products or services do you not see other businesses offering that you know would become widely used? Think outside the box, and don’t always follow the beaten path.
- Success Comes Gradually
Overnight sensations are not totally real. Those people whom we deem “overnight sensations” have actually been working hard for years and years and finally achieved a big break that propelled them to fame. Mia and Sebastian patiently and diligently plow away at their respective careers for years before they reach any kind of real success. Keep this in mind when you’re in the trenches, building your small business from scratch. Success will come, but it won’t be overnight.
- Life Has Twists and Turns
In the end, Mia and Sebastian don’t get that Hollywood happy ending together that they dreamed of. But they do both achieve their own successful individually. Life doesn’t always work out the way you planned it to, and that’s okay. What’s important is learning to adapt to new situations that arise, and going with the flow. As an entrepreneur, you’ll be faced with tough choices that won’t be easy to make. You’ll have to make compromises you didn’t anticipate. But all that will lead you to where you need to go.
La La Land is a film that carries many life lessons, for entrepreneurs and everyone else. If you’re a small business owner thinking of taking that leap and following your dreams like Mia and Sebastian did, visit www.biz2credit.com to get started with small business financing.
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