The Wolf Of Wall Street.

I watched the movie, “The Wolf Of Wall Street” last night.

I have to say, despite the portrayal of the worst of human instincts, the movie showed Hollywood at its best.

Despite being a long movie, all 180 minutes of the story was fast-moving, full of suspense, and absolutely thrilling.

However, I came out of the movie feeling sad for Jordan Belfort. The writers crafted the movie script based on his life story.

Without stealing the thunder, in a nutshell, the story was about how Jordan conned, scammed, cheated, and did everything possible to rip off his customers.

He sold worthless penny stocks and in the process, he made millions of dollars. He blew them on drugs, parties, fast cars, dwarf-throwing contests, and every decadent vice you can imagine.

Towards the end of the movie, he went to prison and came out of it, a different man.

Piers Morgan, a journalist who interviewed him said, “I liked the real Wolf of Wall Street. It takes courage to change for the better.”

Leonardo DiCaprio who acted as Jordan was impressed with his changed ways.

He was quoted to have said, “Jordan stands as a shining example of the transformative qualities of ambition and hard work. And in that regard, he is a true motivator.”

While I’m happy that he has changed his life, I also felt sad for Jordan for wasting a large part of his life.

I also felt sad for the many people who have lost their hard-earned money because of his scams.

Jordan was clearly a man of immense talents.

Many experts have said that he would have become super rich even if he had stayed on the straight and narrow path. Such was the gift that he had in trading of financial products.

After his imprisonment, my company organized some seminars for him in different parts of the world.

During the seminar, he confessed his wayward ways and expressed his remorse and regret over them.

He went on to share some positively-motivational lessons he has garnered during his time behind prison cells.

During an interview, he said, “‘…it’s very easy to start rationalising what you’re doing, one step at a time.

“And that rationalisation allows you to cross a line, then pull back, doing things right again… but your line of morality has moved, so next time, you cross it a bit further, then further again.

‘We didn’t lose our souls at once, it’s a little bit there, a little push here. I became about as awful a person as I was capable of being.”

That’s what the path of failure and destruction is strewn with – small little errors and mistakes that snowball over time.

The conscience eventually becomes numbed to negative thought, behaviour and action.

These actions are hard wired into the mind and they become a habitual way of life.

Fortunately, there’s always a right path to turn back to, a better way to live life.

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Please read my reflections and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on Visit my Inspiration blog at For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at Please visit my website, Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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