The Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort’s 4 Keys for Life Success

Jordan Belfort, whose life story was adopted in The Wolf of Wall Street (read the book here), did not accidentally get rich. His success was the result of his views of himself and the world around him. In a nearly one-hour interview (available at the bottom of the post), Jordan Belfort shares his 4 keys for life success. (Jordan Belfort did not follow these 7 Habits of Highly Effective Losers.)

Jordan Belfort

Jordon Belfort’s “Four Keys for Life Success” video is interesting to watch not only for Belfort’s wisdom, but because it allows you to observe an animated speaker who understands how to use his body effectively when communicating. He also has a somewhat higher pitched voice, which may surprise some listeners.

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Unfortunately, the interviewer kept cutting Belfort off to make some banal point. The interviewer also distracted from Belfort’s inspirational message by asking for war stories like some groupie. I was more interested in learning Jordan Belfort’s 4 tips for life than I was in hearing the interviewer’s points on NLP.

Belfort starts getting going around 11 minutes in, and it gets really good at 15 minutes in. If you’re familiar with Tony Robbins’ work, you’ll recognize a lot of it in Belfort’s talk. (My review of Tony Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within Seminar is available in three parts: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.) 

There are 4 Things You have to do to be Wildly Successful at Anything

Jordan Belfort’s Life Tip 1. Vision: The Ability to Create a Clear and Compelling Vision for the Future

According to Belfort, you shouldn’t merely set goals. You need something greater than goals. You need a vision.

A goal is something you accomplish. A vision is something you see. It is an entirely new world.

To create a vision, you must “step into [whatever goal it is that you’ve set] and ask what your world is going to be like.” Ask yourself what your world will look like. What will the world look like for yourself, your family, and your friends. If you make a million dollars (a goal), how will your mother’s or father’s medical care improve (the vision)?


Belfort used Nelson Mandella and Ghadi as examples of visionaries. Mandella and Ghandi didn’t merely set goals. They saw entirely new worlds. They then worked towards creating those worlds.

Jordan Belfort’s Tip 2. The Ability to Manage Your State: The Way You Feel in the Moment

Your state is how you feel. It’s what most of us call our mood. (See, Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within Review for more information on the importance of state.)

change your state

Being in the right state “allows you to access the resources you have. If you’re angry and negative and unresourceful, you can’t do anything well.” The higher your state, the greater your resources. The lower your state, the scarcer your resources.

Belfort asks you to think about a bad day where you’ve said to yourself, “I can’t believe I said that, I can’t believe I did that.” On other days you say to yourself, “That was amazing! I got so much done!”

One day you’re prefect, one day you suck. That’s because of your state. Your state is something you can learn to control. You can put yourself into a resourceful state at will. Being able to control your state is what separates successful people from normal people.

Manage the way you feel in the moment. Find the most resourceful state. For parents the most resourceful state is patience and for traders it’s certainty. Fear is a killer.

3 states you need to master

1. Certainty – to be certain about that you’re doing.

2. Clarity – to be clear and not overwhelmed.

3. Courage – to have a conviction and not let fear stop you.

(Rich people act in the face of fear where poor people run away during fear.)

Jordan Belfort’s Tip 3. Manage Your Beliefs and Eliminate Limiting Beliefs.

Your beliefs act like a governor on a car. A limiting belief is like putting a governor on the engine of a Fearrari. It slows you down. It stops you from charging forward when you should move forward, and it causes you to move backwards when you should be moving forward.


Parents and teachers spoon feed us limiting beliefs. Most of them meant well. They gave us limiting beliefs because they were afraid. They didn’t want us to believe in ourselves too much. What if we failed?

Belfort would constantly remove the limiting beliefs from his employees’ heads by holding two meetings a day. He’d tell his employees, “The moment you walked through this door, the past falls off. You’re start acting like a CEO when you sit behind this desk.”

You are Not Your Past.

Most of our limiting beliefs come from our past experiences. (I mentioned that point during my guest appearance on the Real McQueen Show.)

you are not your past

Befort takes a triumphant view on traumatic past life experiences. He observes (at around 41:34 in the interview):

You are not your past, you are the resources and capabilities you glean for it. That is the basis for all change. If you survived the worst of the worse and are still breathing, you can learn from that.

The more crap from your life that you survived, the more likely that you will become great. You must change the way you look at your past. Reverse the angle.

You will find so much power, passion, and internal fortitude from your past if you look at all the horrible things that have happened to you as training for what you must become now. View the past as a prelude to your vision for the future.

Jordan Belfort’s Tip 4. Adopt the Right Strategy.

You must have the right strategy. (Unfortunately the interviewer wasted so much time that we didn’t get a great elaboration from Belfort.)

Jordan Belfort’s Tip (Bonus) 5. Raise Your Standards.

To become wildly successful, you must raise your standards. You will no settle for less than what your standards are.

Raise you standards. Decide to never settle for settle for average. (See, Bigger Goals Require Higher Standards.)

The full video interview where Jordan Belfort shares his 4 key life tips for success is available here:


Read more: The Wolf of Wall Street.


  • Manny

    I like the new direction you have taken with the blog. Great stuff!

  • Sam

    Your writing is brilliant. You’ve given clarity to his story, and this post has arrived at just the right moment. Thanks

    • Danger & Play

      Thank you, Sam.

  • Mena Reno

    The Mahatma would be Gandhi, not Ghandi.

    • Danger & Play

      Your very first comment is a typo correction? Come on, my man, get those priorities in order.

  • Joe

    This blog really has become a new favorite of mine. Great stuff!

    • Danger & Play

      Thanks, Joe. 2014 should be an exciting year. Be sure to share D&P with your friends.

  • Badger

    “He also has a somewhat higher pitched voice, which may surprise some listeners.”

    Haha, I like the meta-reference to the podcast thread.

    • Danger & Play

      Glad someone got the joke.

      • anon1

        i admit, i was expecting to hear a growling ‘russian victoreseque [never heard him speak, just assumed he was the prototype for rocky IV] from bold and determined’ type voice coming from you Mike, but the content was fantastic and on point.

        as i said in the other article, might be worth trying a podcast or two, heck this is the top of the ladder as far as my blogroll is concerned, so more podcasts from D&P would be more than welcome

        • Danger & Play

          I lost count but would bet a full 20 people commented on being surprised by my voice. “Mike Tyson voice” is what I heard a lot.

  • Gerald

    I was so impressed by this I tried to post a link to it on Facebook. They wouldn’t let me! Said something about this site not meeting their security standards!

    So I posted a link to the video.

    • Danger & Play

      There’s nothing unsafe about Danger & Play. Someone inside Facebook doesn’t like the blog and/or me. D&P has been banned from Facebook for at least a year. Many people have written in to Facebook (myself included) informing them of the error.

      Nothing has been done.

      Which leads me to believe that my blog is being excluded due to someone’s petty personal vendetta against me.

      • Permakulturnik


        Recently I got a message (on my Android) that your website is not safe, I will quote:

        “Security warning

        There are problems with the security certificate for this site

        This certificate is not from a trusted authority”

        I can choose to “Continue”, “View certificate” or “Cancel”.

        What comes to my mind is you might be hosting your website on the same server where some other guy has gambling porn or phishing website.

        • Danger & Play

          Thanks for the heads up. I host with a safe server. This is some glitch within Facebook. (That, or someone within Facebook really hates Danger & Play.)

          We’ve known about the issue for months. Several guys have written in to Facebook to tell them that this is a safe site.

          Sucks, but there doesn’t seem like much else I can do.

          EDIT: Wait, maybe I misread your comment. You didn’t get the error message from Facebook but instead it was from your phone? Please elaborate. (I’m not the most tech savvy guy.)

  • Simon

    Facebook is hating on Mike for awhile now.

    I noticed that you started to put in more pics since the beginning of year, kinda what Chris over at GLL does.
    Unnecessary IMO, quality of your writing is what brings people here.
    I only bring this up cause it’s obvious you put in time and effort to make this site look good as possible, those small pics give amateurish look.

    • Jax

      I personally like the pictures you have been adding to your posts. It breaks up the content and gives it a good aesthetic flow. Your posts have been on a whole other level – keep it up, bro!

    • Danger & Play

      The pics give the eyes a rest and make my posts less intimidating. Although I won’t dilute the message in order to attract mainstream (lowest common denominator) readers, it’d be obstinate to refuse to break up sometimes 1,000+ word blocks of text with visually appealing pictures.

  • Vantage

    “Jordan Belfort, whose life story was adopted in The Wolf of Wall Street, did not accidentally get rich. His success was the result of repeated and shameless violations of the Securities Act of 1933.”

    There, fixed that for you. Real men act with honor and integrity. Belfort is not that. He’s an asshole.

    • Harsh Agarwal

      Who isn’t one?

    • yew

      haha are you his mate in the interview that jumped off the boat before the women did?

    • codemonkey

      True, he was no hero and he deserved to be cast down. But even so, the principles he used to achieve his corrupt empire could have been applied to building something truly great.

  • Rob

    If you start separating the message from the messenger you’ll probably achieve more success in life and be a happier person.

    • Danger & Play

      Success is success. Ethics is something else. Vantage just wanted to check me (“fixed that for you”) and be an all around hater. Classic gamma male behavior.

      • Badger

        It’s a pretty simple intellectual syllogism I’ve noticed – if someone’s first response is to look for ways to reject your ideas, rather than a frame of “this might not agree with my worldview but let me see what I can learn from this,” they’re going to be a balls-out hater. And not very interesting to be around.

        I have a coworker like this. He’s brilliant and productive but thinks he’s the only person who could ever be right. Almost everyone hates him, he’s blown himself out of several teams and eventually he won’t have a place to go without the management having to make a decision about whether he’s more important than the rest of the staff because in the process of his being productive he brings everyone else’s effectiveness down.

        • Danger & Play

          I can write a 1,500 word post where I really throw out some ideas and bare my soul.

          Then a guy will point out a typo.

          It’s just the way some people are hard-wired.

      • camelite

        Success at what though? Belfort is a honey-tongued sociopath who used to sell worthless stocks and now sells himself. He’s an expert at getting people to believe things that aren’t true by telling them what they want to hear, so as to channel money from your bank account to his.

        What’s he selling his advice for these days? Do you reckon his conscience would stop him from using the scammiest of self-help industry sales and marketing techniques? D&P is in the advice-giving business too, so it’d behoove him to genuflect at the alter of not being a fellow traveller of unreformed – and probably unreformable – scammers like Belfort.

        Note: I’m not saying D&P is in any way a scammer – just that he should disassociate himself explicitly from scammers like Belfort.

  • AKA

    Good work as usual DP.

    I asked this on another post and you didn’t answer. I’ll try it again. Did you find that you had an increased level of energy once you started doing male HRT?

    • Danger & Play

      Testosterone = pure vitality. It’s not energy like a sugar rush. It’s energy that comes from a greater sense of well being and overall feeling of vitality.

      • AKA

        Good to know. I live in flyover country. Nearest doc that does anti-aging medicine is over an hour away and he is booked up 7 weeks in advance. I have an appt w/ him. I would love to have that full of life vitality.

        • Gerald

          AKA, you may not need to travel that far. I get my Test supplementation through my friendly local urologist.

  • SamJ

    The interviewer was annoying me so much, kept interrupting to tell his life story like it was his interview.

    That aside very enlightening video and you condensed it well. Thankyou.

  • GM

    Thanks for sharing and summarising the important points in your post – truly a fantastic and worthwhile video and just what I needed after a shitty and demotivating day.

    I was wondering, I subscribed to D&P via email. Weren’t you going to send something on your body transformation out or did I miss the boat on that one?

    • Danger & Play

      I’m a technotard who has been learning how to manage a list and whatnot. It’s coming soon!

      • GM

        Looking forward to it. Just listened to the podcast on lifting with your fitness model friend, lots of great info to help me.

        If you’re taking requests for podcast no. 2, I would like to ask for good financial advice for a recent college grad starting his first job.

        Thanks and I appreciate you pumping out lots of good content.

  • Mr Help

    It’s not that of a big shame that the interviewer spoiled Jordan’s state of awe when talking about the things he talked. We can still scatter the internet and complete the puzzle of what was he talking about. Also, Jordan has this product for sale for $2000 called THE STRAIGHT LINE PERSUASION SYSTEM on his website.

    Note that this isn’t a spam comment or anything like that. But I want to say, that whoever affords it, to get it. Whoever doesn’t afford to pay that much for some great videos and pdfs, check it on torrents as it’s still fresh leaked out now in january-february 2014.

    I am looking through it and it’s pretty damn good.

    Oh, and awesome blog dnp! bookmarked it!

  • Jeremy Truvillion

    Great post, and I’ve been reading some of your other articles too. You should check out my website and look at some of my content. Tell me what you think.

    • Danger & Play

      I’m totally cool with guys promoting their sites here. I don’t have any policies prohibiting links to outside sites and in fact I’ve helped promote a lot of sites on my own blog that a lot of guys hadn’t heard about when I wrote about them – such as Bold & Determined and Good Looking Loser.

      But maybe leave a substantive comment before promoting your site? Your very first comment is a generic, “I like your site,” and then a link to your blog.

      Can you see why that is sorta crappy behavior?

      Add real value to others (such as leaving an actual good comment) before trying to extract value (free links) from them.

      • Jeremy Truvillion

        Yea I see what you mean. Good tip.

  • Hopewell

    Yo, awesome podcast. Been with you a couple years, appreciate the knowledge. I’m 23, my father passed at 12 so I never had anyone to steer me in certain directions. You’ve helped fill in some of the picture. Thanks.

  • anon1

    amazing video man, i need to see more of belforts work. i just wish the interviewer stopped interrupting and telling his story rather than letting jordan elaborate and explain everything.

    i wish i had watched this earlier.

    hoping you will have upcoming articles elaborating on this state/.vision mentality?

    • anon1

      interviewer is such a prick on here, very self involved. wish he would have shutup and let jordan talk more

      • Danger & Play

        Yep. He had nothing to add. He kept itching to tell his stupid story and was obsessed with say, “NLP is like a knife. It can be used to cut a cake or rob a store.” You could tell Belfort was getting annoyed.

  • Buddy

    Really cool what Belfort was saying about NLP, finally someone broke it down for me. It’s a tool to use for self-development to change the way you think. Very useful but no wonder PUAs couldn’t use it to do pick-up, it’s not hypnosis.

    • Hopewell

      That didn’t stop Ross Jefferies from trying (and succeeding in some fashion?)

      Also I beg to differ, seduction is a form of hypnosis if you think about it. Regardless of method you’re stringing the target along if you will. Into your web, into you world ala Belfort.

  • Harsh Agarwal

    You should do one of these posts for “Fight Club”.

  • Kaunter Prpagnda

    hi, wanted to know if you’re Vegetarian or Vegan. just askin’
    thank you for the illuminating articles

    • Danger & Play Blog

      Not sure what the pic has to do with your question, but I like it. Thanks!

      I’m not a vegetarian but am getting closer. I don’t each much red meat anymore. I just feel “lighter” when not eating red meat.

      I think it’s unethical to eat meat given how we raise/factory farm animals. But when I went totally vegan, I lost too much strength and muscle.

      It wouldn’t surprise me if in 10 years I was vegetarian and mostly vegan.

      • Kaunter Prpagnda

        some Vegan girls 😉

        the body is temporary – the soul is eternal and changes bodies, based on accumulated “actions” in current lifetime – like a game of “snakes and ladders”
        birth-old age-disease-death

        feed the soul – NOT the body
        so glad to know you tried to be Vegan and will try again in future. blessings to you my friend
        this page might INSPIRE you –

      • James Mark II

        I went vegan a couple yrs ago. May 2011 to Sept 2011. Went from 181lbs to 169lbs and become a weakling in the gym. I could barely bench 225lbs anymore. I went from 12 reps to 3.

  • John Smith

    I used his tipes to make
    the 100% free dating site
    now the odds will always be in your favour

  • Steven Parness

    Mr Belfort, I have a legit billion dollar restaurant variation. I’m looking for an investor.This
    is no bull I wouldn’t waste both our times.

  • UpHereAlone

    Belfort continues to scam by plagiarizing Tony Robbins topic after topic.