We’re honoured to sit down with the man behind Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
Having founded brokerage house Stratton Oakmont in the late 80s, Belfort quickly grew the company to become the largest of its kind in the United States. Under Belfort’s leadership, the firm was known as one of the most dynamic and successful sales organisations in Wall Street history. It also grew to an almost unprecedented level, employing over 1,000 stockbrokers and raising over $1.5 bn.
These dizzying heights were followed by a spectacular and well-publicised fall from grace. But today, Jordan Belfort’s legacy represents the ultimate redemption story. Not only was he portrayed by Leonard Dicaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street but he’s become one of the world’s leading motivational speakers, running sales training sessions that extend far beyond asking you to sell him a pen.
Having recently joined the lucrative business of NFTs, Belfort has completed a $440k purchase of a CryptoPunk and is quickly becoming known as a thought-leader in this space. In this exclusive Business Leader Insight interview, we talk to Jordan about leadership, NFTs, cryptocurrency and much more.
Here’s what we covered in our chat with Jordan Belfort
In the movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, you were depicted as being a leader that people fiercely rallied around. What would be your advice for leaders looking to galvanise their business and take it to the next level? (0:45)
Would you prefer people working from the office over people working from home? (3:18)
What would be your motivational advice to salespeople that are going through a bit of a slump? (4:51)
Do you think you need failure to be successful? (7:06)
How different would your life have been if social media had been available earlier in your career? (8:10)
Does the online hate you receive bug you at all? (9:04)
The pandemic has seen an increase in people starting their own businesses. Do you believe the 9-5, Monday-Friday job will start to disappear? (10:32)
You recently joined the lucrative business of NFTs with a $440k purchase of a CryptoPunk – can you tell us about this? (12:04)
What do you see NFTs as and why should you invest in them? (14:47)
If you gave us a crystal-ball look into the future, how long until NFTs are completely mainstream and blockchain used in other industries? (17:30)
What would you say are the risks and downsides to NFTs and the ‘Metaverse’? (19:54)
What would you say are the differences and similarities between Wall Street and NFTs? (23:47)
If you could invest in anything, what would it be? (26:55)
Who are the notable business leaders that you admire now? (28:38)