If you didn’t see the movie ‘ The Wolf of Wall Street ‘ yet, I strongly recommend you go ahead and see it.
Here’s the trailer:
It’s directed by Martin Scorsese with Leonardo DiCaprio as leading actor. The movie takes us through the life of Jordan Belfort, today an American motivational speaker and former stockbroker. He was convicted of fraud crimes related to stock market manipulation and running a penny stock boiler room for which he spent 22 months in prison.
If you can look beyond the graphic sex and drug scenes, there are several key messages:
• Develop your own vision
• Do what ever is necessary to fulfil this vision
• Do not “take any prisoners” on your journey
• When (not if) you’re busted, get up and start all over again
In other words – Do Good for Yourself Even if you’re Doing Wrong to Others!
Now watch Harish Manwani’s talk @ TED. It’s an 8 minutes presentation where you might not expect the chief operating officer of a major global corporation to look too far beyond either the balance sheet or the bottom line. But Harish Manwani, COO of Unilever, makes a passionate argument that doing so to include value, purpose and sustainability in top-level decision-making is not just savvy, it’s the only way to run a 21st century business responsibly.
If I would be allowed to summarise Harish Manwani’s talk in one sentence – Do Good for Yourself AND Do Good for Others!
To be totally honest, I have a BIG dilemma here. As a born Intraprenuer I love being awarded for my initiatives. So money, power, status and recognition are definitely included in my “award list”. On the same time, doing wrong to others, even unintentionally – is not part of my agenda. But, If you take more for yourself, there is less for others. If you disagree with me, I recommend you to take a few courses in economic – you will eat your own words afterwards. Harish Manwani clearly says that if you look no further beyond the bottom line for yourself, or your company – you’re bound to do wrong to others.
Not an easy spot to be in. right?
When I came out of The Wolf of Wall Street movie, I heard mixed statements coming from different people on my way to the parking lot. Most of them simply said they wouldn’t know what to do if had the same opportunities as Jordan Belfort has had. So, I guess I’m in good company – not knowing if I should feel bad for wanting more. On the other hand – being a part of this big group that is called “the majority” is not my thing. I just cant be like everybody else. I must stand out. I must know better than the rest. I must know what to do to resolve my own conflicts.
If you are in the same space as I am, I recommend you seek answers. I recommend you to ask yourself now what would you do when you will face situations on your own journey to success. That is if you are not a part of the majority group that somehow feel good with staying there.
If you want to know if you are a wolf or not when it comes to your day-to-day work life, ask yourself these 5 questions and get your answers now! ( SEE PRESENTATION BELOW )