What the Wolf of Wall Street Taught Me

While not a huge fan of the movie, something really struck a chord with me when watching this film.

It’s the scene where Jordan Belfort (Leonardo Dicaprio) explains to his team how he created his business empire.

“Just pick up the phone.”

It’s that simple. And it really is.

As a young woman stepping into her fourth year in the corporate world, if there is one lesson I have learned through my short career, it’s that you can’t sit back and wait for the phone to ring. That isn’t how businesses are made, nor how they grow. It is up to you to make business happen.

To truly succeed, you must view your role as a ‘sales’ position – regardless of if you are the company’s CEO, Account Manager or intern. To successfully grow in your role, add value to the company you work for, and therefore enjoy the benefits of a growing business, all it takes is picking up the phone.

The way I see it is that the life I have dreamed of is at the other end of the phone. That huge deal is a couple of buttons and a meeting away. If it means I have to call someone and set a time to meet with them first, then I’m okay with that.


Hollie Azzopardi, Account Manager for Michael Field Pty Ltd.