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‘Wolf of Wall Street’ inspiration Jordan Belfort told 25-year-old to quit $ 60,000 job and ‘think bigger’ in viral TikTok


  • The real “Wolf of Wall Street” Jordan Belfort has gone viral on TikTok.

  • In the video, he encourages a 25-year-old with a $ 60,000 job to quit in order to “get ahead”.

  • Belfort was played by Leonardo Di Caprio in a film adaptation of his memoir in 2013.

The real “Wolf of Wall Street” goes viral on TikTok after appearing to advise a 25-year-old to quit his $ 60.00 paid job.

In the video, which was posted on Tuesday, Jordan Belfort posted a comment from a TikTok user with the handle @jakecorey, who asked, “What’s your best advice to a 25-year-old who works 9-5 and earns 60,000 a year? ” Responding to the user, Belfort appeared to encourage him to quit his role. The video has racked up nearly 2 million views.

Belfort is a former stockbroker who served 22 months in prison after pleading guilty to an indictment of securities fraud and money laundering in 1999. In 2007 he published his memoir ” The wolf of Wall Street”. The book was adapted into a film directed by Martin Scorsese in 2013, with Leonardo Di Caprio playing Belfort.

Since Belfort started posting to his TikTok account in 2019, he has amassed over 3 million followers and 55 million combined views on all videos. His content usually involves him answering questions from fans about his life and the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street”, as well as giving general advice on business and entrepreneurship. He has also collaborated with TikTok stars such as Bryce Hall.

In his TikTok response to Corey’s question, Belfort said the person with the $ 60,000 salary should “think bigger” and “get a better job”.

“You are never going to get rich, you are never going to get ahead in life and have financial security by working for someone else for a salary and punching a clock,” he said. “These are old thoughts implanted in our heads from the traditional school system”

Belfort said that by following the “traditional” system – which he describes as working for 30 years before retiring with a pension and social security – the person “will die or retire without money and without independence”.

He added that instead of “relying on people from the social system,” the person should develop a “side business” by investing in real estate, stocks or cryptocurrency.

Ultimately, according to Belfort, the person in question should aim to concentrate full time on their secondary activity. He added that the 25-year-old who stuck to his job “is a dead end to make a living financially.”

“You’re not going to go forward like this,” he said as he concluded the video.

In the comments section, many users said Corey should ignore Belfort’s advice because a salary of $ 60,000 at 25 was lucrative, while several others said Belfort should not be giving account job advice. given his past. A leading commentator on the post said, “$ 60,000 at age 25 is good,” while another directly tagged Corey to tell him not to quit his job based on Belfort’s advice.

Some TikTok personalities with verified accounts also provided their take on Corey’s question in the comments. Influencer Josh Ryan, part of UK content collective Icon House, wrote: “Don’t give up, save your money, then invest in something else, then slowly move on to that, then stop.”

TikTok comedian and cook Josh Durnion said in a comment that Belfort had “changed [his] mind in 40 seconds ”and encouraged him to pursue TikTok full time.

Befort and Corey did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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