“The Social Network” – our kind of movie!

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I just returned from seeing “The Social Network.”  This is the first time I have ever blogged about a movie but there was so much meat to it, I couldn’t resist!

It’s the story of the creation of Facebook and what a story it is!  As an online entrepreneur and marketer, I find the founder Mark Zuckerberg’s story intriguing.

Without ruining the movie, I want to list some the nuggets I pulled from it that I think can benefit us all.

Lessons from Mark Zuckerberg and “The Social Network”:

  • Focus. This is a biggie.  When you are building your business, you have to put on blinders and get rid of distractions.  Keep your eye on the prize and don’t look to the left or right!
  • Recognize inspiration. When ideas are coming, don’t second-guess them.  Learn to trust yourself.
  • Setbacks don’t equal failure. We’ve all heard it before but it does seem to be true.  Just when you think the sky is falling in and you might be tempted to throw in the towel, right around the corner is success beyond your wildest dreams.  Believe it.
  • Take immediate action. Whenever an inspired idea hits, immediately (do not stop, do not pass go) take action.  This is what it takes when you are on the climb to the top.  If you can’t implement immediately, at least write it down and take action as soon as possible.  I really feel this is the most important concept to grasp in business.  There are really no “stolen” ideas.  Only ideas that weren’t acted on!
  • Change is constant. The internet and the world are constantly changing.  You can embrace it or get left behind.  It’s that simple.  Social media changed our world but you can bet it won’t be the last change we see!

I could go on and on about networking, ways to finance your biz ideas, and all sorts of other subjects brought up in “The Social Network” but I won’t.  This is enough for you to chew on for now.

I will say this:  Go see it!

See if you don’t find some gems that make you want to head back to your office as quickly as you can and begin work on that next project!  Or better yet, finish the one you’ve already started!

Peace,

-Martha

 The Social Network   our kind of movie!

Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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Martha October 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm
Martha October 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Wow! In all reality, ya’ll could probably teach a few new lessons yourselves to new entrepreneurs. So great how everyone who comes to this blog is so eager to learn and implement new ideas! We are definitely all in this together :)

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Kathryn Griffiths October 4, 2010 at 8:44 am

I like your last sentence… “Finish what you’ve started.” I have a lot of unfinished projects that I need to bring to completion. And when the movie comes my way… I’ll take your recommendation and go see it.

Thanks Martha.

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Melanie Kissell October 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm

For someone who NEVER goes to the movies, I’m going to take your recommendation and look for “The Social Network” in a theater near me. Appreciate the review, Martha, and this one sounds like it’s worth the price of admission! :)

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Michele Scism October 3, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Hey Martha – Thanks for recommending the movie. I was torn as to whether I should see it but now I am looking forward to it.

Thanks, Michele Scism

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Sheila Atwood October 3, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Great lessons.

I have to say that I miss out on inspiration. i will have great ideas and feel like I jump around too much or do not have the time to put into action.

But like you say, I could write it down and put it into action as soon as possible. I right tons of list…maybe a little better organization would help.

Thanks Marhta

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Judy Helm Wright October 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Hello from Montana,

I am at my desk and I look up at a framed two dollar bill given to me last year by the Cookie Dough Man in Las Vegas. I was wondering today how to contact him and thank him and then here he is on your photo!
Talk about social media and serendipity. It is so fun to meet new people and make friends globally online and offline.

Please have him give me a call or email. Thanks to both of you.
Judy Helm Wright, currently writing a book on cyberbullying.

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Suzie Cheel October 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Thanks martha,
Great review I was wondering about seeing it and the answer is obviously yes- amazing how the message for success is the same:) Focus. This is a biggie. When you are building your business, you have to put on blinders and get rid of distractions. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t look to the left or right!

thanks , think ti will be a while before it is in Australia

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Jenny Stamos October 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm

The following really stuck out to me: “Whenever an inspired idea hits, immediately (do not stop, do not pass go) take action. This is what it takes when you are on the climb to the top. If you can’t implement immediately, at least write it down and take action as soon as possible.”
I’m the girl who’s full of ideas that never come to fruition. How can I expect to achieve anything of worth if I’m far too busy waiting for someone else to be the instigator so that I can react?
Very good lesson for me today. Thank you!

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Martha October 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Ken, I hear ya! He is the youngest billionaire in the world! And, yes, I know Hollywood probably took artistic liberties, however, there were many lessons in that movie. Of course, the backdrop of Harvard doesn’t hurt! I highly recommend it!

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Ken Montville October 3, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I haven’t seen the movie so I can’t say anything about that but I would suggest that Hollywood fictionalizes anything and everything A LOT.

Having said that, the lessons you gleaned from the movie are good ones regardless of the source. I would add (from my own thoughts) that action always entails some risk and being able to tolerate risk is important to success in any endeavor.

Thanks for the positive review. I guess I’ll have to put this on my list even though I secretly (or not so secretly) envy a 26 year old worth $6,000,000,000 plus dollars. I know I have to get over it!

:-)

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