Catch Me If You Can is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale. After his father’s business went bust due to IRS problems and being denied a business loan, the family falls apart. Frank leaves home and starts his life as a con man — while still a teenager.
It is an amazing life, with Frank impersonating an airline pilot and forging Pan-Am payroll checks for almost $3 million. He also impersonates a doctor and a lawyer.
He is caught, spends time in prison, and eventually starts working for the FBI teaching agents how to spot crimes. While some of his escapades were exaggerated for the movie, Frank was a con man and forger in real life. Today he runs a private security firm.
A key business theme (in a contrarian way) is that self-confidence will get you far. Another theme: your past experience, including what you learned from your mistakes, is valuable and can be parlayed into a business later.
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