One of Anthill’s own — two-time 30under30 winner Jack Delosa — gives us a preview of a video interview with Jordan Belfort, the infamous Wolf of Wall Street. The interview is part of Delosa’s Entourage initiative, designed to link established Australian entrepreneurs with up-and-comers.
Delosa’s subject founded one of the first and largest chop-shop brokerage firms in 1987. By 1994, he was banned for life from the securities business. He did time for fraud and money-laundering. Oh, and while higher than a kite on various stimulants, he crashed his 170-foot yacht.
Just a few minutes of listening to Belfort — who, these days, is an author and motivational speaker — provides a taste of the manic passion, drive and intelligence it required to soar so high and sink so low. He talks about making the big score, serial entrepreneurship, and schmoozing with Richard Branson. He talks about keeping it all about ambition instead of greed.
“I think the one thing I didn’t have back then was discipline to delay my gratification,” he tells Delosa.
And then he says: “If I could give one piece of advice to entrepreneurs, OK, is, No. 1, to go out and frikkin’ do it.”