Today’s Show Recap

Thanks for listening to Makin’ It. On this week’s episode, we talk about the Exorcist Escape Room Experience, men behaving badly on business trips, part one of the top movies for Makin’ It motivation, and whether people should stop being so nice in business. Let us know what you think of the show in the comments section at the bottom of the page!

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Tommy, Todd and Brittany start the show by discussing the Exorcist Escape Room Experience. Accompanying “The Exorcist” show on Fox, based on the movie and book, they opened at the Escape Hotel Hollywood the Exorcist Escape Room Experience. The experience is like a theme park haunted house where guests explore each room. However, what makes this experience different is that each turn in the escape room is based on how guests interact with the objects in each room, veritably creating a different experience every time. But why the sensationalism about exorcisms? People like the experience of feeling alive, and being scared in a safe and controlled environment is a way to obtain that sensation. What do you think of using theme parks as a means to heighten the feeling of being alive? Do you believe exorcisms are real? Let us know in the comments section.

Next up, the gang discusses a recent article in “Entrepreneur” magazine about men behaving badly on business trips. It was reported that 10% of business travelers have picked up a stranger in a bar while traveling at work; 14% of males surveyed have picked up a stranger while traveling at work; and 8% of women have done the same. While the survey didn’t account for how those surveyed behave when they are home or whether the participants were single or married, it might be a fair indicator of how unhappy people are in their home lives. And, that given a little freedom, alcohol and sex are seen as outlets for the restrictions in their lives. Regardless, the article might remind us all to examine our own problems and not repress or sweep them under the rug. Success in business should be what’s making you happy on your business trip. What do you think of cutting loose while on a business trip? Is it ok as long as no one finds out? Let us know in the comments section.

OMG Fact of the Week:
Tonsurephobia is the fear of haircuts.

In the next segment of the show, Tommy, Todd and Brittany examine movies that encourage entrepreneurship in the spirit of Makin’ It. Movies can have a huge emotional affect, and a lot of lessons can be learned from them if you can grasp the metaphors they offer.

In part one of the series, the gang takes a look at the following movies.

“” (2001) – A documentary featuring the rise and fall of a startup company during the boom

“Catch Me if You Can” (2002) – A film based on the real-life story of con man Frank Abagnale Jr.

“Lord of War” (2005) – A dark comedy about illegal arms dealing

“Wall Street” (1987) – The iconic Oliver Stone picture about insider trading on Wall Street

“Rogue Trader” (1999) – A film based on the true story of how an employee brought down the Barings bank in England

“12 Angry Men” (1957) – A film dealing with the negotiation of human nature when 12 jurors have the life of an inner city youth in their hands

“The Godfather Trilogy” (1972, 1974, and 1990) – Three films detailing the epic saga of the Corleone family

So, what do all these movies have in common? These films chronicle what it takes to get to the top in business as well as how blurred the line of morality can be in order to get there. For example, “Catch Me if You Can” shows how faking it until you make it can take you further than you imagined, and “Lord of War” shows how product demand is everything in business, going as high as absolute power. And, “Wall Street” shows how ambition can drive you to success, but how greed can be your ruin. These films provide lessons for how we can get ahead in business and teach us that the road to success is filled with difficult choices. Do you think these movies accurately represent the business world? What do you think the messages of these movies are? Let us know in the comments section, and be sure to listen in to part two of this series next week.

Next up is a new segment of the show called Two with Tommy where Tommy explores things that have recently come to our attention. There seems to be a growing misconception lately that you have to be brilliant, have a ton of money, or a formal education to start a business. However, this misconception can take people out of the game before they even get started. Examples of people and businesses who didn’t start out as brilliant or driven are Sarah Blakely of Spanx, Massage Envy and Curves International. All started out from humble beginnings but went on to be enormously successful, Blakely even being named the youngest female billionaire. The lesson to be learned from these companies is that there are still a lot of opportunities out there and to find a problem and give it a solution. Do you think it’s harder for people who haven’t had a formal education to be successful in business? Let us know in the comments section.

Finally, Tommy, Todd and Brittany end the show with the Makin’ It or Breakin’ It segment. This week, they discuss the growing trend in the business community of expecting your competitors to play fairly and ask the question can you keep a moral path in business while still building a huge empire and making lots of money? Lyft has recently accused Uber of not playing fair by trying to steal their drivers. However, is it really stealing if Uber is giving them better offers? Lyft should probably take note that this is how the big boys play in business and, in business, people are going to hit below the belt. If it’s not flagrantly illegal, it will happen in business.

A new trend that is emerging in business is that companies are giving off the perception that they are non-competitive while still making a fortune. In today’s society, it can almost be deemed anti-social if you admit that you’re competitive. However, people will always compete; it’s human biology. Just like in sports, people who are the best will win. And, most take the approach of competing as hard as you can when money is on the line. What do you think of people wanting to give the impression they aren’t competitive? Let us know in the comments section.

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