THE real life Wolf of Wall Street has called on Irish citizens to become empowered by the Celtic Tiger crash – for the sake of future generations.
Jordan Belfort – who shot to fame after his life story was depicted in the Oscar-nominated Martin Scorsese movie – was speaking to the Sunday Independent ahead of his seminar in Dublin's RDS, titled: 'The Truth Behind The Success of The Real Life Wolf of Wall Street'.
The motivational speaker and former stockbroker said the Irish need to quit the blame game.
"One of the messages I want to say to the Irish people is that you can't blame yourselves. You've got to say it's okay, we made a mistake and we are going to learn from that and grow stronger from that. Yeah, people screwed up but they screwed up all over the world so you owe it to your children and your grandchildren to not dwell on that.
"The best attitude to have is to be empowered by what happened. You can't change the past you can only learn from it."
"And remember it wasn't Ireland where people overspent. You are no different from the United States and Spain and England. Unfortunately Ireland just got hit much harder given the size of its economy and how overheated the real estate market," he said.
Belfort's seminar on May 27 will also see the 51-year-old taking an exceptional break from his 17-year sobriety.
The former Wall Street high flier said he wants to take a break after his lecture to sample some of Ireland's best pubs when he touches down next week.
The fast-talking hard-partying former stockbroker plans to step out for a pint of the black stuff and visit sites around the city before he flies off on the next stint of his world tour.
Belfort – who told the Sunday Independent that he estimates he has taken 50,000 pills, blown €100,000 on prostitutes and "enough coke to send a marching band from Ireland to Spain and back" – is keen to meet Irish fans on his travels.
"Hopefully this time I will be able to enjoy it properly and I am really excited about meeting the people – you have a lot of up-and-coming young entrepreneurs who I want to meet and everyone is so warm and friendly."
Describing how he descended into a life of debauchery and fraud, Belfort added: "You don't lose your moral compass overnight. You take tiny steps where you become desensitised. The first time you step over the line you feel bad and try to make things right again but then the next time you take that step further and further and before you know it you are doing things you never thought you would do.
"When I really got back into the person that my parents sent out into the world was when I got sober. The drugs fuelled everything.
"I know myself now if you create wealth without ethics or integrity its not going to last.
"I will show people the formula for success at creating wealth," he said.
"Whoever comes is going to get massive value out of the day, I promise you that."
Tickets for the seminar are on sale from ticketmaster outlets and on www.ticketmaster.ie