Today’s Show Recap

Thanks for listening to Makin’ It. On this week’s episode, we talk about a controversial business man with a controversial product and the capitalization on the rave subculture, part two of the top movies for Makin’ It motivation, and on Makin’ It or Breakin’ it, what you would do if you found a large sum of money. Let us know what you think of the show in the comments section at the bottom of the page!

It’s time to roll out the red carpet and start the show!

Tommy, Todd and Brittany start the show by discussing Brian Lim and his controversial gloves. Lim is the CEO of EmazingLights, a company that makes gloves that emit a stream of lights from the fingers, creating a light show. The gloves are extremely popular with people at electronic dance music (EDM) shows. What makes these gloves controversial is their association with the rave subculture and the drug use that can occur there.

As controversial as they may be, some saying they encourage users to use drugs with the gloves or that Lim is exploiting the drug culture, Lim has more than 80% of the market with his product. People are voting with their dollars despite what their mouths say. Moreover, can a glove truly contribute to someone’s drug use? Or, does that responsibility fall on the user? What do you think of Lim and his gloves? Do you think he is encouraging drug use? Let us know in the comments section.

OMG Fact of the Week:
An astronaut can be up to two inches taller when returning from space. The cartilage in the discs in the spine expand in the absence of gravity.

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 two of the series, the gang takes a look at the following movies.

“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” (2005) – A documentary telling the story of arguably the best example of modern corporate corruption

“How to Get Ahead in Advertising” (1989) – A farce about a mentally unstable advertising executive who suffers a nervous breakdown while making an advertisement for a pimple cream

“The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) – A film about how to navigate uncomfortable and unfamiliar situations in business as well as traditional versus competitive values

“The Usual Suspects” (1995) – The cult classic film about a series of con men that teaches us to never put all your cards on the table

“Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992) – An iconic film about sales where the principles of business still ring true today

“Merchant of Venice” (2004) – The film, based on Shakespeare’s play, teaches about the beginning stages of banking

“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964) – About the Cold War, this film is summarily about power

“Erin Brockovich” (2000) – A film showing how one person can rise to the top with grit and persistence to go on to win the largest lawsuit settlement ever paid in U.S. history.

“The Rainmaker” (1997) – A movie about a young lawyer who takes on a big insurance company to try to save a boy with a terminal illness

“Thank You for Smoking” (2005) – A film about the lobbyists for tobacco, firearms and alcohol and how these products, while can be despised, are truly businesses like any other

“Office Space” (1999) – The classic comedy film showing what life is like for office workers

So, what can we take away from all of these films? These films examine many aspects of the business industry, some of which happened long ago but are still true today, such as “The Merchant of Venice.” Money and power can drive people to do great things, like in “Erin Brockovich,” or it can drive you insane as shown in “How to Get Ahead in Advertising.” But in films like “The Rainmaker,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” and “Dr. Strangelove” it shows how power and getting ahead can be your ruin if it is pushed too far. Do you think these movies accurately represent the business world? What do you think are the messages of these movies? Let us know in the comments section.

Next up is a new segment of the show called Two with Tommy where Tommy takes two minutes and explores things that have recently come to our attention. In a recent email from a listener in Dallas, a woman described how she was never encouraged by her parents to do anything in business. She was taught to go to college, get a job, get married, have kids and live happily ever after. However, the woman always felt a desire in her heart to do her own thing and asked Tommy what she should do.

While it is unknown whether entrepreneurs are born or made, all of them have deep desires in their hearts to become entrepreneurs. People with those desires will typically never be satisfied unless they scratch that entrepreneurial itch. So, it’s probably best to bypass the traditional lessons taught by parents and go with your heart.

And how would the listener get started? She would start by taking inventory of her skills, wants and desires. Then, survey the marketplace where she lives. And, finally, put a business plan together and go for it. The worst thing that could happen is that her parents were right, but she will never know unless she tries. So, in short, give your business dream a go, and you might just be surprised at how far you can take it. For more great content, insights, inspiration and products go to tommy

Finally, Tommy, Todd and Brittany end the show with the Makin’ It or Breakin’ It segment. This week, they ask the question: What would you do if you found a large sum of money? Would you return it, or keep it for yourself? Recently, a janitor in Australia found $100,000; some was found in a garbage can and some was found flushed down the toilet. The janitor turned the money over to the authorities, where it was never claimed. For his reward, the janitor was given $81,597; the remainder was kept by the government.

But what would most people do if they found a large sum of money? The circumstances of how the money was found might dictate what a person what do. For example, in the case of the janitor, the money could have been left by the mob, and he might not have been as eager to have it in his possession. Or, would a person turn in the majority of the money, skimming a little for themselves? But is it the sum of money that matters? What if you found a wallet containing $100? Most people would turn in a wallet where the owner could be identified. What about supplies from the office, or something harder to track, like company time? Would you turn them in? What would you do if you found a large sum of money or caught a coworker stealing supplies or time from your employer? Let us know in the comments section.

Thanks for tuning in to Makin’ It. Let us know what you think of the show and if you have questions about your business, send us an email at or leave us a comment below. We love to hear from our listeners and we read comments on the air. We just might choose yours for next week’s show (so don’t forget to tune in!).

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