Perhaps one of the most famous entrepreneurs of all time, and certainly of this century, Donald Trump has made a fortune and inspired people all across the globe to pursue success. He has even written a book that many have turned to for advice on how to become successful in business. Here are a few pearls of wisdom that he has shared with the world over the years – lessons that you can put into practice toward your own success.
Learning From Failure
“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.” Trump is not one to fear failure, but recognises its value as a teacher. Cherish the lessons of your failures, dust yourself off and keep going.
Using Your Intuition
“Listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper.” If it doesn’t feel right to you there’s probably a reason. Trust your instincts and follow your heart.
Pursuing Your Passion
“If you’re interested in balancing work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Make your work more pleasurable.” If you can make money doing what you love then success will follow naturally and easily, so choose to pursue a career that you truly enjoy. “Without passion you don’t have energy. Without energy, you have nothing.”
“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” Don’t limit yourself, believe that you can achieve great things. Your self belief is key to your success, so believe that you can reach great heights. Don’t just dream – dream big!
Living in the Moment
“I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That’s were the fun is.” It’s great to have goals and you do need to aim toward the future, but keeping your eye on the ball means staying present and focusing on what’s happening now, not just in the future. Enjoy the journey; don’t ignore it because all you can think about is your destination.
Showing Excitement and Enthusiasm
“The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts.” If you’re visibly excited and enthusiastic about your endeavors then other people will be too. It’s contagious, so spread that passion and you’ll help it to grow.
Don’t Be Hasty
“Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.” Be sure to make wise, informed decisions. Take your time and don’t get caught up in the hype.
“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.” It’s all too easy to let life slide by while you wait for opportunities to present themselves. Be proactive and seek out those opportunities for yourself.
Being Strong in the Face of Challenges
“When you are wronged repeatedly, the worst thing you can do is continue taking it–fight back! ” Donald would tell you not to take crap from anybody – the business world can be cut-throat so don’t get left behind because you want to avoid conflict. Be strong in the face of challenges and fight for what you believe in. “When somebody challenges you, fight back. Be brutal, be tough, just go get them.”
“Sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure.” As the old saying goes: ‘if at first you don’t succeed: try, try again.’ Most of the greatest success stories in history have been knocked down over and over again by rejections and failures – great things are achieved through perseverance.
Whether it’s a local lawn moving company or a restaurant chain, a Coral Homes franchise business to a multinational corporation, an online store to a grocery store; whatever it is that you plan to lead to success, these simple practices will set you up for a prosperous career. Find out more from Coral Homes