A few weeks ago I was surprised with tickets to see the Wolf of Wall Street himself, Jordan Belfort at a seminar in Dublin. I didn’t really know what to expect because it was my first time at one of these business events.

As I entered the stadium, I felt a bit underdressed with a lot of “business” men and women dressed in suits and I rocked up in a dress and Doc Martens. I sat at my seat and listened to the first guest speaker who, I’m not going to lie, was the most irritating man I have ever listened to. He began to try and sell himself so that he would get people to buy into his business. He boasted about his earnings and money, money, money and how he helped sick children. I don’t think he ever heard of the word modesty. This speaker was so annoying that I just got up from my seat and left and went to a park in Dublin to chill before the next speaker came on.

After a nice small stroll in a park, I took my seat once again and another guest speaker was on the stage. A small Asian man who looked really young , he spoke with more honesty and he struck a few cords with me. He set up a book online and was making money while taking holidays around the world. A lightbulb sparked in my head and I was like “I can do that!”, “Why not”.

When Jordan Belford stood on the stage, he spoke with such ease and confidence. If you haven’t watched the the Wolf of Wall Street, get to it. He was a character with a gift for selling but he lost his morals while making millions and end up in jail.

I couldn’t get enough of his stories and his simple strategies on how to become successful. One story he spoke about when he was broke and he wanted to go to college so he bought an ice box and filled it with ice cream and sold them a little bit over cost price. The first day he made something like a $50 profit, the next day he bought 2 more boxes and made double and by the end of the Summer he made a couple of $1,000. He had me eating out his palm with his stories.

I felt I had struck gold when he highlighted “the Why”. Why do you really want money?. I never really thought about it before because money was never really a motivating factor for me but once I thought about it, I thought, I want to travel the world, I want to sort my parents out, and have money for my future family. If these aren’t good enough reasons to make money then I don’t know what is. Jordan really highlighted “the Why”, it’s not money for a nice car, it is a deeper root like family or for a good life, that’s why people make larger sums of money.

So now, I really want to pursue my own business whether little or big. I believe that there’s no difference between Jordan and I. I can go out and become a successful business woman. I believe you can do anything if you put in the hard work and have the right mind set.

This article is by Shakira Coonghe Bsc.