When you think of wealth, power, branding and fortune, who’s name usually comes to mind?

Donald Trump perhaps?

We all know Donald Trump is one of the richest men on the planet, you certainly must have heard of him.  Sometime back in 1998 Donald Trump made an appearance on the David Letterman show, he was asked what he would do if he lost everything and had to start over from scratch.

Without any hesitation,  he would find a good network marketing company and get to work. Funny enough, the audience began to “boo” him!  He look at the audience and said “That’s why I’m sitting up here and you are all sitting out there!”, good comeback, and a very smart man! Oddly enough as things would go this question almost became reality when it seemed that Mr. Trump may in fact lose his fortune.  Irregardless, he is back on top as being one of the wealthiest individuals in the world.

I myself have always wondered how he’s done it, not that I’m interested in becoming filthy rich like him, I’m a little more low-key but I’m a “go-getter” type of person and it would be nice to know what drives him so I can learn enough to ensure myself a successful future.

I took a little time to read about Donald Trump and I realized that it’s not about the studies in finance or the knack for making business decisions, Donald Trump has a gift, he recognizes opportunity and is not afraid to jump on it. He is an extraordinary man because he is very pugnacious, charismatic and persistent, not that these are the only personality traits you need to make millions of dollars, but it must help for sure.

As I was trying to learn from Mr.  Trump’s success, I learned a few things that really echoed in my brain.

Here are the 5 top qualities that I think makes Donald Trump who is is and how he has been able to reach success.

1. He knows what he’s doing: Trump’s specialty is Estate Development, his dad was also in the business therefore he grew up with the basic skills, his father was his mentor and according to him, a great influencer of his life. Trump moved on to business school and then back again to work with his father. Trump understands his business, he knows every nook and cranny perfectly, how it works, who he has to deal with, limitations and opportunities. I couldn’t agree more, knowing absolutely everything about the business you’re in is a huge advantage at moving forward.

2. He knows what he wants and he makes sure he gets it: Lucky guy, not all of us get away with this, but then again, only we have the power to make things happen in our life right? For Trump it’s as easy as that, when he believes in an idea he goes for it and pursues it with all his might, nothing stops him from reaching his goal. I don’t know what else to say about this, he’s absolutely got it right!

3. He’s passionate: This personality trait goes a little hand in hand with point number 2, you need that passion in you to go for what you want. Trump’s passion for property development is a force that can be traced to his immense success and, of course, the tons of money he has made in the business. His knowledge helps him make the right business decisions, but the passion enables him to get out there and get what he wants, no matter what people say.

4. He trusts his instincts: If any of you have been involved in making important business decisions you would know that it’s not always about knowledge and experience, sometimes it’s just about that gut feeling. An important part of Trump’s decision making process is the consideration of his instincts. When Donald is faced with a business idea he first uses logic, reason, past history and experience… then, he listens to his instincts in order to get a green light, again, even if this goes against other people’s ideas or suggestions.

5. He thinks big: One of Trump’s favorite quotes is “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big”, I kinda like that idea! In our daily lives it’s very easy to fall into a routine and sit back and just let things happen, we settle, and usually for less. Thinking big is all about setting goals and accomplishing them. According to Trump, you are your only obstacle, if you think big, you’ll be big.

I always thought Donald Trump was a little bit arrogant and money hungry, just a man with a big ego. Now that I’ve picked his brain a little I’ve realized that maybe it’s not the case. Trump has never been motivated by money, his drive is “playing the game”, he’s never satisfied by just earning a good living, he’s always been looking to make a statement.

Maybe this is the lesson to learn, maybe money should not be the item that drives us to success, the motivation must be linked to knowledge, passion and just being exceptional at what you do.

With a bit of motivation you can be just like Donald Trump, healthy, wealthy and wise.

Author: Ann Brampton


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