6 lessons entrepreneurs can learn from oscar winner leonardo di caprio
6 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Oscar
Winner Leonardo DiCaprio
“Success comes not to those who do it, but who do it in a way better than others.”
Enter “Leonardo” in Google and the first two suggestions belong to
Hollywood’s most illustrious actor, Leonardo “Leo” DiCaprio.
This year, after 27 years in Hollywood, six Oscar nominations, the
baby-faced powerhouse finally won the Oscar — an award some
believe teenage Leo should have picked up twenty-three years ago for
“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”?
We’ve penned this post to mark our respect for this incredible actor
whose dedication, perseverance and resilience are an example for all.
Here are the 6 lessons every entrepreneur
can learn from Oscar Winner Leonardo
After every miss of being awarded the Oscar, Leo worked harder and ended up
working better than last time.
Lesson for Entrepreneurs:
As said by Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, the social network for
“If you’re not ashamed of the first iteration of your product, you released too
You must not stop with the first or even tenth iteration of your product and
call it done. The word done doesn’t exist in an entrepreneur’s life. You go to
sleep and you come back tomorrow, eager to improve on what you build
yesterday. Getting better is the only road to success.
Most of us would’ve seen Leo for the first time in Titanic. Although
he’d been acting before the blockbuster that was the first time he got
noticed by masses. From Titanic (1997) till the Revenant (2016), he
kept improving his acting skills with each movie.
Entrepreneurial take :
As an entrepreneur, life will not be a bed of flowers. You’ll face more
failures than success, life is a rewarding experience, each day a new
battle has to be won. Today’s heroes were strugglers yesterday. Hard
work and persistence are the traits that separate entrepreneurs from
the other people.
Although the fresh faced features, Leo could have easily become
the Rom-Com actor like many others. But he did not let his looks
stereotype him, from the age of 18 he started experimenting his
acting styles in gritty plays like “This Boy’s Life”.
Lesson for Entrepreneurs:
Rather than copying other products or company culture, build
something 10X times different than your competitors. Else you’ll
be one among the thousands.
Leonardo’s movies are a visual treat for his viewers. He
makes movies for his audience, winning the Academy
Awards is secondary. He never ceases to thank his fans and
gives them cinematography masterpieces year after year.
Lessons for Entrepreneurs:
For you – An entrepreneur’s task is to make his users happy
and their life easier. Raising funds or minting money should
not be the superior motive. Build an outstanding product
and users will use, build a substandard product and no-one
will bother using it.
If you were in Leo’s place and if the director told you that
the film would be done in natural light, what’d you
think? In this age where (Computer-generated
imagery graphics) is way of life in Hollywood where one
can’t distinguish special effects from reality who’d go this
far? Well, Leonardo did and that got him the Oscar.
Ge out of your comfort zone, that’s where you explore
your hidden talents. Who’d have dreamt in 2005 that
Facebook would become such an indispensable tool for
It took 23 years and 6 nominations (5 as an actor, 1 as a
producer) for Leo to win his Oscar. Each movie with acting
skills better than the last ones, his resilience and
persistence indeed remarkable.
Pro tip for entrepreneurs:
Entrepreneurship is like a rollercoaster ride, filled with ups
and downs. You’ll end up asking if the journey is worth it!
But then every single effort, every single day will be
rewarding. Smile and take up the challenges. Only after
dawn comes the daylight.
Essentially, have fun in whatever you do. In Leo’s
words, “if you can do what you do best, and be
happy, you are further along in life than most
Take it easy and shine; one day the spotlight will
be on you!