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Jordan Belfort: The Wolf Of Wall Street

1795 words - 8 pages

Jordan Belfort, a multi-million dollar scam artist who travelled the road to riches. While travelling this journey, he established many relationships that helped him reach such destination. The memoir The Wolf of Wall Street portrays the relationships and influences people had on Jordan and vice versa. The three biggest influences that Jordan encountered were Mark Hanna, Danny Porush and Nadine Belfort.
Jordan was constantly living under pressure from stocks and whether they rise or not, he often resorted to narcotics to relieve some tension. In fact, drugs played such a huge role in his life because he constantly brags that “I could sedate Guatemala for over a month!” But Jordan wasn’t always a drug fiend; in fact he was introduced to cocaine by his mentor, Mark Hanna. But through time Jordan found that cocaine alone didn’t satisfy his cravings and he needed something stronger. Later in his journey he is found using up to seven drugs at any given time.
“On a daily basis, I consume enough drugs to sedate Guatemala for a month. I take Quaaludes 10-15 times a day for my back pain, Adderall to stay focused, Xanax to take the edge off, pot to mellow me out, cocaine to wake me up again, and morphine…because it’s awesome! ” (Belfort, 29)
Jordan found many different ways to attain these drugs. Quaaludes after all were banned and cost a fortune to possess. He often states drugs were used for specific problems with his body but in actuality they were his way to relieve stress. And Jordan often used them in public. This was another negative characteristic that Jordan picked up off of Mark Hanna. Mark Hanna would often treat Jordan to lunch and often snort cocaine in the middle of the restaurant as if nothing was wrong.
“A moment later I found out exactly why Mark wouldn’t be eating, when he reached into his suit-jacket pocket, pulled a coke vial, unscrewed the top, and dipped in a tiny spoon. He scooped out a sparkling pile of nature’s most powerful appetite suppressant- namely, cocaine-and he took a giant snort up his right nostril.”(8)
But drugs weren’t the only influence that Mark Hanna had on Jordan. Mark Hanna taught Jordan Belfort he knows about selling stocks. Mark Hanna was the manager at the Wall Street Stock Market. Jordan often looked up to him because he made over one million dollars in one year. This is ironic because Jordan felt that he would never be able to make that much money ever in his life, when just a couple years later he would make that much in just one week! Jordan used the tips he learned from Mark Hanna to construct various plans to become rich. Mark Hanna was not a very honest person to his clients but his clients at the end of the day were making money. He regularly told Jordan that lying to clients is the best way to make the most profit.
““The name of the game, moving money from your clients pocket to your pocket”, Mark stated. “But if you can make your clients money at the same time it’s advantageous to everyone,...

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