6 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Donald Trump
By Evelyn Lim / SelfGrowth.com
Who wouldn't want a life lesson from Donald Trump?
One of the world's most successful -- and popular billionaires. He owns some of the U.S.A.'s most prime real estate and is best known for his NBC television show The Apprentice. The words "You're fired!" are permanently tied to Mr. Trump for so many people.
Although most do not like his apparent arrogance, there is no denying that he may have a thing or two to teach us on life lessons.
Life Lesson 1: Who said you need moderation to be successful?
"A little more moderation would be good. Of course, my life hasn't exactly been one of moderation."
It is like they say today: "Go big or go home." If you truly want to be successful, Trump would say you need to take it over the top. Do everything with great intensity and drive. People with intensity and drive can't help but succeed.
Life Lesson 2: A little attention can be a very good thing
"I could never have imagined that firing 67 people on national television would actually make me more popular, especially with the younger generation."
It is funny to think that some younger people didn't know much about Donald Trump, until The Apprentice brought him into their living rooms. Having a strong public image is critical to the success of any career that you choose, even if your career is just local in your community. Do things that raise your presence and draw positive attention to yourself like get quoted in the newspaper about community events or volunteer for charity to help those in need.
Life Lesson 3: Try being in the right place at the right time for the right opportunity
"Everything in life is luck."
To be successful you have to be willing to welcome the chance of being lucky. You can certainly make your own luck in life, but you can also look for more opportunities to be lucky when you know how to read the signs. Being in the right place at the right time can very easily make a deal. Luck can be a big part of your success.
Life Lesson 4: Make an impact with your life
"I wasn't satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement."
Trump knows not only how to be successful, but how to make an impact. You might wonder, "Does it really matter?" But Trump knows that making this impact matters to his bottom line. People see him as successful and wealthy and even more people want to do business with him because he is seen as successful and wealthy. It is a circle that Trump knows and takes full advantage of.
Life Lesson 5: Let others take the spotlight
"I'm a bit of a P. T. Barnum. I make stars out of everyone."
You see that Trump does not just make himself the star, he makes everyone else the star. A great leader makes others feel good about themselves. You'll notice when on The Apprentice each team wins a challenge, they receive some type of luxurious reward. It may be a private dinner at an exclusive restaurant, or meeting former Mayor of New York City, Rudolph Giuliani to talk about his new book on leadership. Trump knows that making everyone the star increases his appeal.
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
Trump has said in his recent books on his life that he works seven days a week! That is true dedication to your career, making it your life's work. To be successful, find something that makes you happy that you want to be successful at. Don't just look for the job you're ready to run out the door when the five o'clock bell goes off each day.
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