Love him or hate him, President Trump’s most random remarks are packed with lessons about success.
Donald Trump is a business icon impossible to ignore. He has attained something we all seem to strive for: Success.
But his definition of success isn’t money. Money is a just a way to keep score. To Trump, being a winner means seizing and managing intangible assets such as passion, energy, focus, and self-confidence. It’s undeniable Donald Trump is rich in all of those areas. The good news is, they’re readily available to any of us.
Below are random comments Donald Trump has made over recent years reflecting his success-oriented mindset. His remarks can help us see why Trump is such a force in the world of business.
“I’ve got the hottest brand in the world.”
Conceit? Who knows. But consider this: if you don’t have confidence in yourself why should anyone else?
In a market flooded with talented people how can you make yourself stand out unless you push yourself forward? Isn’t this what you should be telling a prospective employer–that you are the “hottest” developer/attorney/writer/whatever-you-are, and he or she should hire you instead of the next candidate in line?
“I have an attention span that’s as long as it has to be.”
Donald Trump knows how and where to distribute his time. I’m sure this is why at one point he chose not to attend yet another republican primary debate. Trump recognized his participation would entertain viewers yet offer no further value; and the real benefactors from another debate would be the television network.
Do you do something because you were pressured into it, even though you’re actually wasting your time? Learn to recognize when something is squandering your valuable time and move on, no matter who you disappoint.
Regardless of how important an activity or event is to someone else, if it’s counter-productive for you, it’s time to turn your attention elsewhere.
“I actually don’t have a bad hairline.”
If there’s one area Donald Trump gets repeated grief about it’s his hair. How simple it would be for him to react to insults by changing his appearance. Instead, he brushes off rude remarks and finds something positive about his hair.
Many of us wither beneath criticism. We can’t handle disapproval from others; and worse, we accept their criticism as our reality. If you’ve been told you aren’t talented or capable enough to pursue a line of work you know you’d love, dismiss the naysayers and uncover all the skills that make you qualified. Don’t let other people dictate your choices.
“Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough.”
For Donald Trump, giving up doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a quitter. He explains it this way: “Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something more productive.”
Are you holding on to a dead end job or staying in a dull career field because you think you already invested too much of your time? Has the fight to hang on made you successful or would you be more productive elsewhere?
In fact, it’s only when you let something go that you can change course, freeing yourself to discover and pursue your real passion.
“Listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper…Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.”
With so many undertakings, from real estate to television programs, it may look as if Donald Trump will try anything. The truth is, we don’t know how many ventures he turns down. I’m sure he encounters his share of shrewd people and has learned to trust his instinct to recognize when to say “no”.
When you make a decision that impacts your career keep in mind that just because a position, an offer, or a benefit sounds good it doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
Learn to “listen to your gut” before agreeing to something potentially detrimental to career goals. Your instincts will steer you the right way.
“Don’t get sidetracked. If you do get sidetracked, get back on track as soon as possible. Ultimately sidetracking kills you.”
Donald Trump is a person with razor sharp focus. Yet from this comment we learn that even he has to reorient himself on occasion.
We all get sidetracked in our professional lives. What’s important is getting back on the path as quickly as possible. Don’t let the time spent off work caring for your family, or years working for a company that folded prevent you from regaining your focus on something you’ve long desired to achieve.
It’s interesting to note that Trump doesn’t allow things like age or personal issues to derail him. When already into his fifties he starred in his own reality television show The Apprentice which still airs today. Now, at age 68, Trump is a runner-up in the bid for US president. Despite any advantages he may have over most of us it really amounts to developing a keen focus and making well thought out decisions.
“Without passion you don’t have energy, without energy you have nothing.”
Have you noticed how Donald Trump wholeheartedly embraces whatever he pursues? Whether it be real estate, a television show, or a race for president of the United States, Trump is 100% committed to what he does and appears tireless. Where does he get such energy? He gets if from not only being excited about an outcome he envisions, but by relishing the process of getting there. For Trump, overcoming adversity is half the fun.
Do you thrive on the difficulties that ride along on the route to achieving your goals? If not, you could be needing the passion necessary to fuel your trip to the finish line. Reinvent your attitude and beliefs about obstacles so you thrive on challenges rather than crumble under them. To be successful you want to appreciate the trip as well as your destination.
“I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present.”
Like everyone, Donald Trump has experienced difficult circumstances in life, personally and professionally. What’s key is he doesn’t dwell on them too long. And neither should you.
Dwelling on unwanted occurrences is counter-productive. Regardless of who is to blame, review those experiences only long enough to understand how to prevent them from recurring.
Trump could easily have moped about his unsuccessful run for president in the year 2000. Had he done so he might have talked himself out of running a second time. Instead, he is focused on the here and now.
If your career plans didn’t materialize in the past it doesn’t mean you can’t plan again. Review what happened, without judging yourself, and re-strategize. Were you passed over for a promotion in your company? Maybe what you need is to get new skills or gain more credentials. Or, perhaps, you need to re-position yourself or approach a different person.
Learn from the past, but focus on today.
Your turn: What’s your most inspiring comment from Donald Trump–or anyone? How has it helped you become more successful?
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