Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I heard Jordan Belfort, known as "the wolf of wall street" at 614 today.
His bio: Over the last twenty years, Belfort has soared to the highest financial heights, earning over $50 million a year as the notorious Wolf of Wall Street—and then sunk to the lowest societal-lows, succumbing to a massive drug addiction and doing twenty-two months in a Federal prison camp, for stock-fraud.
Today, his life represents the ultimate redemption story. After barely surviving his rise and fall as an American Entrepreneurial Icon, he is now twelve-years-sober and a world-renowned motivational speaker, who assists both people and organizations in breaking through whatever barriers hold them back from achieving success.
Jordan Belfort’s two bestselling books have been published in forty-three countries and translated into eighteen different languages. He is a frequent guest-commentator on CNN, CNBC, Headlines News and the BBC. His life-story is currently being turned into a major motion picture by Warner Brothers, with Leonardo Dicaprio set to play Belfort and Martin Scorsese set to direct. Filming is to begin in 2010.
He's a very interesting and inspiring communicator - although not like I'm used too... he's not for the faint-hearted or for the overly religious... he tends to tell it like it is in graphic Jersey boy speak. There were many things he spoke about that are true... not completely whole (because Jesus is the only way to get to the wholeness part) but true none the less. One thing that stuck out were the beliefs that we carry around about ourselves. These can often be negative beliefs... like 'I'm ugly'. He suggested that the belief can't be broken from the top (like a table) you have to look at the situations that informed those beliefs... and you have to deal with those (in other words - attack the legs that hold up the belief). This is true. I believe Jesus can dismantle the legs of our beliefs when they aren't true and likewise we can build new beliefs based on the truth of who Jesus is and who He says we are. 'I am a child of God' is one strong belief that is essential for success.
Bottom line is that all truth comes from God. But Jesus is not just truth but the fulfillment of all Truth. So as much as Jordan is fantastic - I'm hip to know and love the God who can cross Jordan and bring me into the promise land! Bring it on.