Billionaire Real Estate Tycoon Turned President-Elect, Donald Trump, Gives 12 Tips For Success In Business And Life



Donald Trump’s 12 tips for Success in Business and Life


1. Find your art form

“I don’t do it for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.

2. But forget business if you’re no natural

“Deal-making is an ability you’re born with. It’s in the genes. It’s not about being brilliant. It does take a certain intelligence, but mostly it’s about instincts. You can take the smartest kid… the one who gets straight A’s and has a 170 IQ, and if he doesn’t have the instincts, he’ll never be a successful entrepreneur.”

3. Aim high

“My style of deal-making is simple. I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I’m after.”

“To me it’s very simple: if you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big. Most people think small, because they’re afraid of success, afraid of making decisions, afraid of winning.”

4. Be obsessive

“One of the keys to thinking big is total focus. I think of it almost as a controlled neurosis, a quality I’ve noticed in many highly successful entrepreneurs. They’re obsessive, driven and almost maniacal, but it’s all channeled into their work.”

“I don’t say this trait leads to a happier life, or a better life, but it’s great when it comes to getting what you want.”

5. ‘Play it loose’

“Most people are surprised by the way I work. I don’t carry a briefcase. I try not to schedule too many meetings. I leave my door open. You can’t be imaginative or entrepreneurial if you’ve got too much structure. I prefer to come to work each day and just see what develops. There is no typical week in my life.”

6. Ditch long meetings and get dialling

“I usually arrive at my office by nine, and I get on the phone. There’s rarely a day with fewer than fifty calls, and often it runs to over a hundred. In between, I have at least a dozen meetings, but the majority occur on the spur of the moment, and few of them last longer than fifteen minutes.”

7. If you gamble, be able to live with losing

“People think I’m a gambler. I’ve never gambled in my life. To me, a gambler is someone who plays slot machines. I prefer to own slot machines. I happen to be very conservative in business. I always go into the deal anticipating the worst. If you can live with the worst, the good will always take care of itself.”


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