The Wolf of Wall Street


The Wolf of Wall Street

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Based on: The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

Director Martin Scorsese
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin

Category    Career,Goal Setting,Leadership,Motivation& Recognition,Team Building      


Paramount Pictures



Language English
180 min

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The movie is a black comedy, based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker, living the high life until his fall, involving crime, corruption and fraud. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs (Initial Public Offerings) and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title “The Wolf of Wall Street”.

Jordan Belford knew what he wanted from his career early; he was not just setting goals, he had a vision and set his goals high. He wanted money and he was prepared to use illegal and unethical means ruthlessly. He soon found out his strengths and used them to the maximum.

Jordan was a gifted salesman with invincible products that were hard to resist. On top of that he acted with confidence enhancing it with fancy suits and overall appearance, an important sales factor that should not be ignored. He was a master of personal branding and created the myth of “The Wolf”.

He was also an excellent trainer giving potential for a Wall Street career to clueless uneducated people, by showing them exactly what he wanted by a live example of how penny stocks should be sold. Belford was a great motivator who really wanted to keep his employees happy. He was sharing his wealth and success with his people by throwing wild parties, building personal bonds with them to ensure total dedication, because he knew that inspired workers mean continued success and loyalty. He was a natural born leader who created needs and ambitions to staff and clients. The scenes with his fanatic employees acting like ecstatic wolves while Belford was giving inspiring speeches recall memories of Adolf Hitler at his early stages, where the Germans worshiped him and were ready to do anything for him until the end.

However Belford was far from perfect, although he was a bright man his value system was money, cocaine and hookers. He soon lost control and did not think of the consequences of what he was actually doing. He just lived the moment and did not think of tomorrow. His priorities were his job, drugs and his career, his family was last on his list. He chose to live a life of corruption and had no limits or ethics of what he was doing. He chose to live a life that gave him easy money, even if that meant destroying other peoples’ lives as well as his own.

Bottom line, the moral of this true story is that being gifted and having discovered one’s talents is not enough to safeguard on-going success and prosperity. Talents need to be in alignment with the right value system, personal integrity and “ethos”.

The “Wolf of Wall Street” teaches several business lessons. Firstly, you cannot reach the top without working your way to the top. Belford recognized early in his career that he could not sit and wait for opportunities, but that he should work hard to succeed, even though he did not use the best methods to do so. Second lesson, in order to succeed we must be passionate about what we are doing, we must tell ourselves that we can do it! With hard work and setting goals, we can succeed!

We also learn that our team is the most important thing. Belford stood in front of his employees, he managed to inspire them and make them as passionate as he was for success. We also see the important role that Belford’s friend plays in the success of his friend. Being a leader is not easy, so it is important to have friends around you to help you in difficult situations!

“Someday the chickens are going to come back home to roost”. This phrase said to Belford by his father several times when things got out of hand, gives us another lesson. Wealth is indeed fantastic, but when everything is over and you are left alone and destroyed, the only thing you will have is your memories. So if you are going to do something big, don’t do it just for the money!


Contributed by: Yota Tsiokri & Elena Christou Zeniou