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'The Wolf of Wall Street' Teaches These 7 Lessons for Success

Building a company culture

Social gatherings are a great way to build company culture. Stratton Oakmont was extremely creative about the events that they had. These activities created a stronger bond between people at the company and offered a fun, social outlet.

Company get-togethers do not have to be as morally wrong as Stratton Oakmont's were to accomplish the same thing. Rather, it takes extra creativity and effort from a company.

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The Wolf of Wall Street

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort, a New York stockbroker who runs a firm that engages in securities fraud and corruption on Wall Street in the 1990s.

Life lessons
  • Sex matters. In all aspects of our lives, it's good to ask, "what does sex have to do with it?"
  • Sex can be as addicting as cocaine. "When our desire for 'more sex' interferes with our family or professional lives, we are looking for love in all the wrong places."
  • Many of us settle for sex when we're really looking for love.
  • There is a strong drive to be part of a male tribe.

  • The same forces that bring us together within a tribe often pit us against other tribes. "For humans there is always a selfishness at the group level. Humans nearly always put Us ahead of Them."

  •  The way we treat "them" is the way we ultimately treat ourselves. 

    Truly, what goes around, comes around.
Top business lessons to take away
Top business lessons to take away
  • Have a vision in mind, and let that steer your decisions. Belfort didn’t get rich by accident.
  • Sell Yourself. Belfort acted powerful and wore fancy suits, and people saw him as confident and successful. 
  • Find A Specialty.
  • Adjust And Perfect Your Strategy, Then Keep At It. Belfort came up with a strategy that worked for his target demographic, and he tweaked it until it worked perfectly.
  • Train People Well. He was able to train otherwise clueless people to sound like knowledgeable and experienced stock brokers.
  • Try, Try Again. Even Belfort managed to bankrupt his own small business before he went to Wall Street.
  • Provide A Solution. As Belfort himself explained, “At a certain point, one of the questions I always ask is, ‘What is your greatest headache right now?’” Find out how you can help your customers and then do exactly that.
  • Keep Employees Happy.
  • Take Your Time if you’re offered a deal and you’re hesitant.
The Wolf of Wall Street film
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, the infamous Wall Street stock market guru who built an incredible fortune selling penny stocks and laundering money, before facing the wrath of the FBI, prison time and millions of dollars in fines.

DiCaprio’s character can teach us a few things about the right and wrong ways to do business.

Eat your pride and start from scratch

Belfort's career started at a high-flying stock broking firm, but when it crashed he found himself at a dodgy local operation that sold worthless ‘penny stocks’ in companies unlikely to succeed. Not perturbed, he fearlessly built a livelihood from scratch.

Have passion

DiCaprio’s portrayal showed how much Belfort loved his industry and was intensely motivated to sell and succeed. 

If a business owner channeled passion like this in a legal way, there would be no stopping them.