1. Friday the 13th – Jason Voorhees manages to get resurrected every few years, and immediately
go on a slasher spree at Camp Crystal. I could never figure out why people kept going to that camp. I know this was before social media, but you would still think they learned their lesson.
Entrepreneurial advice – Do not do the same thing over and over and expect different results. If that Yellow Page ad isn’t producing results or that employee never seems to make it to work on time, you should not expect to receive anything different over the next few months, unless you make a change.
A Nightmare on Elm Street – When I was a kid, this was the first movie we had with our brand new VCR ($600 Two-Head RCA). We watched it, until the tape broke. In this movie we learn that Freddy Krueger began his nightmare slashing, because he was a victim of vigilante justice from angry parents who locked him in a boiler room that was set ablaze. This is what sets the wheels in motion for one good movie, then several bad ones.
Entrepreneurial advice – Do not take justice into your own hands. Talking bad about a competitor, claiming excessive mileage on your taxes, or intentionally cheating a vendor will usually result in lost business and an IRS audit. And, maybe a scary man with an ugly Christmas sweater will visit your dreams.
3. Texas Chainsaw Massacre – This is a movie based on true events about a family of fun-loving psychopaths that prey upon unsuspecting folks in rural Texas. Leatherface is the ringleader with his brothers and Grandpa in tow. Spoiler alert – Grandpa ends up being the weak link that leads to the clan’s downfall.
Entrepreneurial advice – Beware when hiring family. It always sounds like a good idea to put Aunt Betty in charge of QuickBooks, because she was a receptionist at her church, but that doesn’t make her a bookkeeper.
• Bonus movie; Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1994 remake) – Okay, this is a terrible movie. And yes, it stars Matthew McConaughey, but it’s still pretty bad.
Entrepreneurial advice – Don’t watch this movie. And don’t watch “The Wedding Planner” (sorry Sarah), “Fools Gold”, or “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.” In fact, that goes for any Matthew McConaughey movie that is not an independent flick or released during Oscar Season. If you do, you will lose IQ points, money, and sleep. All bad things for a business owner.