Like all sports based movies Eddie the Eagle was very inspirational. The story of a man that achieved his dreams by overcoming all the odds and obstacles on his way. However it took me sometime to realize what could be the entrepreneurial lessons that I could learn from this movie?
Firstly the most important lesson to be learnt is that in spite of what people think you can and cannot do and irrespective of what obstacles one face, you must work towards your goal. Rather than focusing on what others think and discouraging yourself, one must only and only focus on your dreams and how you can achieve it. This is a sort of golden rule and should apply to all aspects of our life.
Another important thing I derived from the movie was how well-defined his goal was. He did not have like a hundred things on mind or a vague idea of what he wants to achieve. He knew exactly what he wanted – ‘taking part in the Olympics game’, the goal was well-defined, short and he was able to work towards it. I believe this is a very important rule while building your company – getting specifics. If you don’t have a good idea about what the pain is and how your product can solve it, the customer segment, how marketing should be done, finances it is very difficult to establish your company in the market.
In my opinion a good mentor can really help you grow and achieve much more similar to how Eddie’s mentor helps him achieve his goal. Likewise I believe it is important to have good mentors in your life, having good entrepreneurial knowledge who prevent you from making grave mistakes and help you follow the right path.