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8 Donald Trump Comments That Will Help You Succeed

May 30, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

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Updated: 05-2017

Love him or hate him, some of President Trump’s most random remarks are packed with lessons about success.


Donald Trump is a business icon impossible to ignore. He has attained what we all seem to strive for: Success.


But Trump’s definition of success isn’t money. Money, he says, is just a way to keep score. To him, 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 great news is, these assets are readily available to all of us.


Many of these assets can be demonstrated through random comments Donald Trump has made over recent years, which reflect his success-oriented mindset. These sometimes offhand remarks reveal why Trump is such a powerful force in the world of business and politics.



“I’ve got the hottest brand in the world.”

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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? Shouldn’t such confidence be what you project to 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.”

President Trump knows how and where to distribute his time. I’m sure this is why he, at one point, deliberately chose not to attend yet another republican primary debate. Trump clearly saw that his participation would entertain viewers yet offer them nothing of value; and that the only benefactor from that debate would be the television network.


Do you do something because you get pressured into it, even when you know you’re actually wasting your time?  Like Trump, 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 someone’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 because you think you invested too much of your time already to just walk away? Has your fight to hang on truly made you successful, or would you be more productive and happier elsewhere?


The truth is that sometimes only when you let something go will you be able to free yourself and change course and move on topursue 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.”

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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 actually turns down. No doubt he encounters his share of shrewd and cunning people, so he’s learned to trust his instinct and recognize when to say “no”.


When you make a decision that impacts your career keep in mind that just because a position, a salary offer, or a benefit sounds good it doesn’t mean it’s right for you.


Learn to “listen to your gut” before making career decisions that may be consequential to your life. 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 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 keeping your focus on what 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 70, Donald Trump is the President of the United States.


Whatever earlier advantages he may have had in life compared to most of us, it really amounts to developing a keen focus and making 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 the Presidency of the United States, Trump is 100% committed to what he does and appears tireless. Where does he get such energy?


He gets it not just from focusing on his desired outcome, but by relishing the entire process of reaching his goal. For Trump, overcoming adversity is half the fun.


Do you face the roadblocks you encounter en-route to achieving your goals with determination? If not, you could be missing the passion necessary to fuel your trip to the finish line. Reinvent your attitude and beliefs about obstacles so you grow from challenges instead of 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 or painful experiences is counter-productive. Regardless of who is to blame, review those experiences only long enough to understand how to prevent them from recurring, and learn how they can enrich your life.


Trump could have easily moped about his unsuccessful run for presidency 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 past career plans didn’t materialize it doesn’t mean only failure in the future. 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 learn 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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  1. Avatar Jeana Walz says:

    I like Tony Robbins. He has helped me stay positive and keep a positive mental attitude which is crucial for success!

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