Jordan Belfort was nicknamed “The Wolf of Wall Street” during the 1980s when he Founded the brokerage company Stratton Oakmont.
The company experienced a rapid rise to the top as in just a few years the company had gone from operating out of a garage to employing over a thousand brokers and was earning billions of dollars in revenue.
The culture of the company gained notoriety on Wall Street as they became infamous for their lavish, drug fuelled parties…in their actual offices.
Although Belfort was a multi-millionaire during the 90s and was living a life of luxury…it wouldn’t last as things quickly got out of hand.
Stratton Oakmont were under constant scrutiny from US regulators who would eventually shut the company down for fraud and money laundering.
Belfort would be put in prison for stock manipulation (the infamous ‘pump and dump’ method that was prevalent at the time) and fraud.
He would spend the rest of his life paying off the $100million that he defrauded from his customers.
The story is depicted in Martin Scorsese’s, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, starring Leonardo Di Caprio as Jordan Belfort.
But aside from the chaotic life he led, Jordan Belfort excelled at one particular skill.
His ability as a salesman was unparalleled and was the major factor for his success in growing Stratton Oakmont from scratch.
He has recently spent his life teaching others about sales and how to motivate people to buy what you are selling.
Here are some of the best Jordan Belfort quotes.
“The easiest way to make money is to create something of such value that everybody wants and go out and give and create vale, the money comes automatically”.
“Act as if you’re a wealthy man, rich already, and you’ll surely become rich. Act as if you have unmatched confidence and people will surely have confidence in you.
“Money is the oxygen of capitalism and I wanna breath more than any man alive”.
Act as if you have unmatched experience and 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”
“Best way to sell something: don’t sell anything. Earn the awareness, respect and trust of those who might buy”.
“I’m gonna let you in on a little secret about these telephones. They’re not gonna dial themselves”.
“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”.
“Playing it safe and taking no risks is a shortcut to poverty”.
“Hard work beats talent every time”.
“Without action, the best intentions in the world are nothing more than that: intentions”.
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bull**** story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it”.
“I’ve got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guys to live?”
“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 with new thoughts – rich thoughts”.
“You do not want to try to resolve their pain at this point. In fact, if anything, you want to amplify that pain”. **** Context **** This Jordan Belfort quote is referring to his sales techniques.
In order to be succesful salesman you have to give the customer a reason to buy. One of those reasons can be pain both literally and metaphorically.
If your product can cure their pain then in order to increase the chance of a sale you must amplify this pain point.
Lets carry on with some more Jordan Belfort quotes.
“You are not the mistakes of your past, but the resources and capabilities that you have gleaned from your past”.
“The action threshold is the moment when the scales tip in favour of action; the moment when everything changes all at once and a person takes action towards the greater good”.
Let the consequences of failure become so dire and so unthinkable that you’ll have no choice but to do whatever it takes to succeedJordan Belfort
“Create a vision that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning”.
“When a window of opportunity is open, that’s when you work twice as hard”.
“Succesful people are 100% convinced that they are masters of their own destiny, they’re not creatures of circumstance, they create circumstance, f the circumstances around them suck they change them”.
“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”.
“Dream stompers are people who want to stomp on your hopes and dreams. Lose their phone numbers”.
“There’s no nobility in poverty”.
“People don’t buy stock, it gets sold to them. Don’t ever forget that”.
*** Best Jordan Belfort Quote
“There are always patterns in everything, there are patterns in books, there are patterns in human behaviour, there are patters in success, there are patterns for everything in life. You just need to pay attention to them”.
Summary of Jordan Belfort Quotes
Like him or loathe him, Jordan Belfort is someone you can’t ignore.
His sales techniques made him one of the most persuasive businessmen in Wall Street during his time there and allowed him to grow a business from scratch.
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