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Ten Career Lessons from The Founder Movie


Last Saturday night, I finally got to watch the controversial movie “The Founder”, a biographical drama that tells the fascinating story of Ray Kroc who turned a single hamburger operation in California created by the McDonald brothers in 1940 into the global fast food empire with a market cap of US$165 billion. It is obvious that the movie portrays Ray Kroc as a greedy and unethical narcissist. To some extent, I have to agree that the criticism of his ruthlessness and disloyalty is warranted. That being said, this brilliant movie is packed with valuable career lessons that everyone, job seekers especially, can learn from. Here are ten of them:


1. Persistence


Persistence is probably the biggest lesson this movie teaches. How do you create a restaurant business and become an overnight success at the age of 52? Ray Kroc said, “I was an overnight success alright, but 30 years is a long, long night.”


There is an excellent quote in the movie by Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States:


“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent won’t; nothing is more common than un