What can Hollywood teach you about being a better broker? Turns out, a lot. Kick back and enjoy these 7 kernels of movie wisdom:
LESSON #1: Don't listen to naysayers when you can listen to Will Smith.Lots of people will tell you how better brokers have failed. No need to listen.
“People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” - Pursuit of Happyness
LESSON #2: Be on the right side of the sale.Somebody’s always closing.
“There is no such thing as a no sale call. A sale is made on every call you make. Either you sell the client some stock, or he sells you on a reason he can’t. Either way, a sale is made. The only question is, who’s gonna close, you or him?” - Boiler Room
LESSON #3: Anticipate the future.A lot can change in this industry: just look at a broker’s life 20 years ago! The future’s bringing us driverless cars, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and things we can’t even name yet. Better expect change.
“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!” - Back to the Future
LESSON #4: Do.When the wisest person in the galaxy gives you advice, you listen.
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” - Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Here’s what it looks like when you don’t grasp the full potential of the tech available today.
LESSON #5: When it comes to technology, don’t be hilariously out of date.
“What if they take that photo and instantaneously put it out there on the line, and they share it with their friends?" “That’s Instagram. It already exists. It’s one of the most popular apps in the world. Facebook bought them for like a billion dollars.” - The Internship
Things that seem obvious to you aren’t always obvious to others! “
LESSON #6: Be clear about what you want people to do.
Remember, don’t do anything. Nothing. Pop up. Well you, no, you gotta do more than that. Just do it!” - Forgetting Sarah Marshall
What’s good today may be disastrous tomorrow. What’s disastrous today may be good tomorrow. Look at everything with a long lens.
LESSON #7: Take the long view.
“And the zen master says, ‘We’ll see.’” - Charlie Wilson’s War