FHM checks out Wall Street

Posted by , 31 January 2011

So you want to be a trader?

So you want to be a trader?

Thomas Belesis, CEO of John Thomas Financial and a man who has made Wall Street his bitch, knows whether you've got the minerals to make the big bucks...

“We interview 30-50 people a week.”

“I instinctively know who will make it. And I’m right 95% of the time."

"Our recruits dont have to be at the top of their class."

"Maths is only 20% of it. You don’t need to be a computer, we’ve got computers for you."

“We need to know our trainees can handle 500-700 calls a day. Prospecting, cold calling. That’s the tradition of Wall Street. Trying to secure meetings.”

"If someone says “Listen, I will work here 24 hours a day, I will give my all. I will leave my heart on my desk. Just please give me an opportunity and I will show you what I can do for you” – I’ll give them an opportunity because I was in that same position. I can give it a shot and give them a chance to impress me.”

"The fast-paced living mentality is a thing of the past. We’re not looking for fast-paced lifestyles because they only lead to one area: disaster."

"Follow through on your dreams. Win, lose or draw. There’ll be hiccups and obstacles but if you’re persistently confident in what you believe in, you’ll get there in the end."

"You have to be persistently confident and be able to accept failure, you need to learn by failure and learn to keep moving forward. The winner’s edge is a refuse to lose attitude. That separates winners from losers. I’ve encountered more failures than successes in my life. I’ve fallen down more times than anyone I know. I think most people would have quite along the way. But I had the "No retreat, no surrender" motto in my mind the whole time."

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