The video streaming site doesn’t make it easy, but if you dig deep enough, you’ll find a treasure trove of insight and inspiration.
Despite it’s popularity, the Netflix search interface is lousy and the overall user experience is mediocre at best. While third-party sites have sprung up to help solve this problem, at least one valuable category remains elusive–content that will aide you in your career and in business.
Netflix doesn’t have a category for this, most of the content is hidden under the broad “Documentaries” banner. So it takes some work to find it.
The other lists have lots of overlap. Everyone loves Jiro Dreams of Sushi (with good reason, it’s brilliant!). Steve Jobs: One Last Thing always makes the list by default, just because it’s about Steve Jobs, not because it’s any good.
I’ve chosen to dive deeper into the catalog, and have emerged with six hidden gems.
The next time you fire up the Netflix app on your smartphone, tablet or TV, instead of binge-watching House of Cards, do yourself a favor and watch one of these great shows instead. Your career will thank you. (And be sure to pay attention to the “More Like This” tab while your at it. More great content will imminently come along!)
Admittedly, this portrait of inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen comes off as more than a little biased and is undoubtedly meant as a sales pitch for his water purification device. Still, Kamen is a brilliant visionary. Bring a pad and paper with you. Take notes. Listen and he will teach you something valuable.
I only start on projects if enough credible people tell me, ‘You’re nuts.’ ‘Cause then you know…this must be a big problem.
— Dean Kamen
Ford was the Steve Jobs of his day. As an inventor and entrepreneur, Ford defied convention to bring magic new technology to ordinary life and ordinary people.
–The New York Times
3. Capital C
This 2015 documentary follows three entrepreneurs who successfully funded their businesses with crowdfunding campaigns. But such success isn’t without the challenges and pitfalls that all business owners face. Along the way, the films characters learn powerful lessons about building community, facing their fears and keeping promises.
Nikola Tesla was a great inventor and scientist, a genius who discovered alternating current electricity and whose inventions shaped much of the modern world. He pioneered wireless communication and X-ray imaging. Tesla’s story is also a cautionary tale: others made fortunes based on his inventions, while he died penniless.
The life of Shep Gordon, the mastermind behind the careers of Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross, Raquel Welch and many others, gets a laudatory treatment via director Mike Myers. Gordon is portrayed as a brilliant marketing guru, who, among other achievements, invented the concept of the celebrity chef. Behind all the hype, there are some valuable lessons on taking risks and living a purposeful life.
Oscar-nominated filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus bring us this doc about the highly competitive world of French pastry chefs. The film follows the quest to become known as the best in their profession in a high stakes competition for Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (the best craftsmen in France), the culmination of months and years worth of practice, preparation and focus.
This is the culinary Hurt Locker.
Are there any great titles that I missed? Leave a comment or shoot me an email, your feedback and participation is always appreciated.