Super-Inspiring Films for Productivity and Work Ethic


Apr 08 2015

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Super-Inspiring Films for Productivity and Work Ethic

Want to be inspired to work harder but don’t feel like working? Watch a film that inspires productivity! Such as…

Legally Blonde

Elle Woods is on a mission to prove herself as a competent albeit blonde law student. I play the opening song (Hoku’s “Perfect Day”) to psych myself up for work, and take cues from Elle’s LSAT prep montage.

The Devil Wears Prada

Excellent acting, beautiful Patricia Fields styling, and Anne Hathaway’s character rushing about and totally owning it. Watch, and channel her. Alternately, be as boss as Meryl Streep.

The September Issue

What could be more inspiring than the fictional fashion industry? The real fashion industry.

A Beautiful Mind

The true story of John Nash being really good at math despite circumstances. If he can do it, so can you.

Stand and Deliver

Another true-life story, this time about an awesome math teacher. Live vicariously through his students and be inspired.

The Social Network

For fast-talking, slightly annoying, witty smart people, watch this film based on the story of Facebook. Or just type to its soundtrack. Seriously, best typing music.

Midnight in Paris

If the work you need to get done is creative or cultural, or has anything to do with the 1920s, indulge in this 90 minute wonder. Also a great soundtrack, but a leisurely one – more like thinking music for a walk.


If there’s ever a story to get you off the telly and into your books, it’s Matilda. Watch the movie that will make you want to read books forever, or better yet, see the musical. Or just, you know… read the book.


One of my favourite films of 2014, Whiplash is like a motivational sports movie, but with the arts! You gotta bleed for your passion.

Bill Cunningham New York

Now here’s a guy who is totally passionate, totally serious, and totally focused. He’s got his priorities firmly set, has commanded respect of some of the toughest people in the fashion industry (and therefore, arguably, some of the toughest people ever), and looks like he’s having so much fun throughout.

The Internship

Besides being a great comedy, The Internship is a reminder to hustle – and in your own style. Play to your strengths, be a good team mate, and your creativity and effort can make the impossible happen.

Monsters University

Basically the Pixar version of The Internship. Try-hard college-age Mike Wazowski is awesome.


Jennifer Lawrence is electric as Joy, mother and caretaker of her extended family, who nonetheless finds the energy and motivation to be an inventor and businesswoman. It would be difficult to watch this film and not feel like getting up and doing something.

MBA Partners

Like a cheesier Legally Blonde, but in Chinese, with business instead of law. Three frenemies-at-first-sight become unlikely business partners when their (handsome) professor suggests they combine their strengths. Together they form a luxury online shopping delivery service (that might just work as an actual business) and face the ups and downs of the beginnings of both a startup and friendship.

Any I missed?


P.S. a blast from the past: my daily plan for productivity

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