Jordan Belfort is a distinguished American stockbroker, motivational speaker and author. He was born in a middle-class family and struggled with a meat business during his early days. He went on to try his hands in the stock market and soon he was known for his inborn talent to sell. He worked a couple of years for some small companies and went on to own an investment firm called ‘Stratton Oakmont’. He turned this company into a profitable venture by using various unethical ways. He motivated his brokers to bring money from some innocent customers. He was infamous for his ‘pump and dump’ technique where he influenced the customers to buy shares of duped companies which increased its rate and then he used to make profits by selling off his holdings in the company. This increased his flow of money and he went on to lead a lavish life while being addicted to drugs. These things caught the eyes of the authorities and he was imprisoned for 4 years. During this, he recorded his life experiences in a book titled ‘The Wolf of Wall Street' which was further adapted in a movie that became a blockbuster. Besides this he is also a motivational speaker. We bring to you a collection of thoughts and quotes by the notorious man. Read on the compilation of unforgettable sayings and quotations by Jordan Belfort which have been curated from his writings, speeches, interviews, work and life.
Playing it safe and taking no risks is a shortcut to poverty
I believe in total immersion, if you want to be rich, you have to program your mind to be rich. You have to unlearn all the thoughts that were making you poor and replace them with new thoughts - rich thoughts.
If you want to be rich, never give up. People tend to give up. If you have persistence, you will come out ahead of most people. More importantly, you will learn. When you do something, you might fail. But that's not because you're a failure. It's because you have not learnt enough. Do it differently each time. One day, you will do it right. Failure is your friend.
I want you to back yourself into a corner. Give yourself no choice but to succeed. Let the consequences of failure become so dire and so unthinkable that you’ll have no choice but to do whatever it takes to succeed.
My name is Jordan Belfort. I was raised in a tiny apartment in Queens. At the tender age of 22 I headed to Wall Street. Within months I started my own firm out of an abandoned auto body shop. The year I turned 26, I made 49 million dollars which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week.
There are always patterns in everything, there are patterns in books, there are patterns in human behavior, there are patterns in success, there are patterns for everything in life. You just need to pay attention to them.
Act as if! Act as if you're a wealthy man, rich already, and then you'll surely become rich. Act as if you have unmatched confidence and then people will surely have confidence in you. Act as if you have unmatched experience and then people will follow your advice. And act as if you are already a tremendous success, and as sure as I stand here today - you will become successful.
You don’t choose who you fall in love with, do you? And once you do fall in love—that obsessive sort of love, that all-consuming love, where two people can’t stand to be apart from each other for even a moment—how are you supposed to let a love like that pass you by?
Successful people are 100% convinced that they are masters of their own destiny , they’re not creatures of circumstance, they create circumstance, if the circumstances around them suck they change them.
If I earn a million dollars a week and the average American earns a thousand dollars a week, then when I spend twenty thousand dollars on something it’s the equivalent of the average American spending twenty dollars on something, right?