Real ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ gives viral job advice: Just quit!

Real ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ gives viral job advice: Just quit!


Would you take career advice from a man who served 22 months in prison for money laundering and securities fraud?

The real-life “Wolf of Wall Street,” Jordan Belfort, has made a name for himself doing just that on his TikTok account, where he’s become a popular life coach of sorts, despite his criminal past.

In his most recent insight to go viral, the former stockbroker, 59, advised a young man to quit his full-time job and work for himself.

“All right — best advice to this person working a 9-to-5 job, making $60K a year, 25 — quit this job. Get a better job. You gotta think bigger,” said Belfort — who was played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2013 film adaptation of his memoir — in the clip, which has been viewed over 2 million times. “You’re never gonna get rich, you’re never gonna get ahead in life and have financial security working for someone else on a salary and punching a clock.”

The idea that working a good job for decades will lead to Social Security, a pension and financial comfort are “old thoughts implanted in our heads from the traditional school system,” Belfort goes on. Today, he believes, the reality is that following such a career path will end in enough cash “to pay for your diapers, barely, while you’re in a nursing home.”

Instead, he advises user @jakecorey, it’s far wiser to work for oneself in a number of much-hyped, get-rich-quick industries.

“You have to develop a side hustle to start. At least get a second source of income, whether that be real estate, investing in stocks, cryptocurrency, something,” Belfort offers.

Former Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort was jailed for securities fraud while CEO of Stratton Oakmont.
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Commenters had a mixed reaction to the aggressively-given insight, with many stating it’s foolish to take job coaching from a man with such egregious past transgressions and others lauding his blunt takedown of working for someone else on a salary.



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