A few months ago, I posted a top 10 movie that serve as an excellent example of how to do personal branding. Now let’s look at the list of best movies on how NOT TO DO personal branding.
1. The Godfather, Part II
At first look, the story of becoming Don Corleone is an American Entrepreneurship Story. Don Corleone creates a reputation for himself around the neighborhood and starts networking. But any fool can get respect using a weapon and confound it with fear. The history is impressive, more in the fact it is terrifying than a success story. For more insight, read Mario Puzo’s novel. Sometimes, people never learn from the mistakes of those close to them. In this film, the striving for personal branding leads to murder.
2. There Will Be Blood
An oilman builds up an honest reputation as an exploiter. He is confronted by a preacher. Appearances may be deceitful. This is more than a psychological confrontation. This film shows what happens when personal ambitions are underlined by a destructive character. Ultimately, one of the individual brands will break. And reputation is not all that will be lost.
3. Wall Street
For some people, having more money than they can count on is an asset for their personal brand. Gordon Gekko is one of the best-known characters. A well-deserved Academy Award for interpretation received by Michael Douglas adds recognition to one of Oliver Stone’s best movies. Don’t lose yourself in the brand you are trying to create! Personal brand assets define your personality, not what you use to cover it.
4. American Gangster
Another brilliant example of how criminals can pose as respectable people this time is from the great American director Ridley Scott. Nominated for the best drama of 2008 at the Golden Globes, this is one of the best gangster movies ever done. The trailer illustrates in an undeniable manner why this movie is recommended as a severe counter-example of how to do personal branding. The two main characters are very fine portrayed. The script illustrates all their nuances and allows them to develop impressively. At almost 3 hours, this movie never runs too long!
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5. Catch Me if You Can
Impersonating someone can be fun. But losing yourself in it can be dangerous. What happens when you forget who you are? How can you find your identity as a forger? First, of course, being the best of who you’re not.
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