The Wolf of Wall Street
Imagine making $50 million by the time you’re 26. You have everything money can buy. Any car you want. Any yacht you want. All the drugs you need and every expensive toy you can get your hands on is there. The boozing is constant, the party is constant. You’re surrounded by people who are also making millions because of you. You’re living that crazy life you only see in movies.
Now imagine losing it all. And not in a subtle way.
The authorities show up at your house, your wife is screaming. They seize everything. Your plane, your cars, your house and your life. They haul you off to jail. Your marriage is destroyed and you’ve just been slapped with a two-year prison term.
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This is just a tiny glimpse into the life of Jordan Belfort.
The former stockbroker, speaker, and best-selling author of The Wolf of Wall Street.
Jordan made his fortune selling penny stocks out in Long Island at the same time I was on Wall Street. It came out later as a pump and dump scam and he pleaded guilty to securities fraud.
During his time in prison, Jordan wrote his book which was later made into an Oscar-nominated film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and directed by Martin Scorsese.
Life After Prison
After prison, he was forced to remake himself and this is exactly what he’s done. He now travels the world teaching people how to sell better.
Jordan’s life is fascinating, and it was great spending time with him.
We dove deep on so many aspects of his life. From what his time in jail taught him to what he learnt about himself writing The Wolf of Wall Street book, Jordan is a dynamic and ever-changing guy. Many people would not survive the catastrophic disaster of his former life, never mind using jail time to write a blockbuster book. And Jordan’s ability to survive and thrive is inspiring.
Along with his history on Wall Street, we also chatted about the ethics of Wall Street then and now and about the drug culture that exists in high finance. Jordan opened up about where his relationship with money came from and how his values have changed since leaving jail.
We talked about Martin Scorsese’s film and Jordan’s thoughts on Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal of himself. Whether or not certain scenes in the film were accurate and what about his story attracts people.
I know you’re going to find his story fascinating.
Join us as we discuss:
- Penny stocks, Wall Street ethics, and the 2008 financial crash
- His childhood, his parents and his current wife
- Straight-line selling, the S.E.C., and Gordon Gekko
- Thomas Wolfe and Tommy Chong
- His time in jail and writing his book
- Working with Leonardo DiCaprio
- Quaaludes, Xanax, and going sober
- His love for tennis, his fears and best day of his life
- The best advice he received and what he’d tell his 20-year-old self