Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life

Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life

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by Donald J. Trump

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Over the years, Donald Trump has written many bestselling books, but he has also written shorter essays which encompass his philosophy about how to live life to the fullest, both personally and professionally. In these pieces, which have been personally selected by Donald Trump for this book, he gives his special perspective in what amounts to an "informal education"…  See more details below


Over the years, Donald Trump has written many bestselling books, but he has also written shorter essays which encompass his philosophy about how to live life to the fullest, both personally and professionally. In these pieces, which have been personally selected by Donald Trump for this book, he gives his special perspective in what amounts to an "informal education" about success in business and in life. His insights are engaging, educational, and informative, and give a very clear window into the mind and heart of this extraordinary and successful man.

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Publishers Weekly
Given Trump's larger than life—and polarizing—public persona, part of Skipp Sudduth's achievement as narrator is his creation of a buffer zone of sorts. Granted, the entrepreneur does deliver a zealous introduction, but as Sudduth takes over, it becomes possible to overlook the positive and negative caricatures of Trump the celebrity and focus on his tangible no-nonsense advice. While viewers of The Apprentice will certainly recognize “The Donald” 's bravado in the recurring litany of accomplishments related to the global Trump brand, Sudduth's presentation of the career and personal growth tips will resonate with listeners. A Vanguard hardcover. (Apr.)
Amy Reiter
Donald Trump is all about unlikely success. His glittering urban towers, undulating golf courses, opulently outfitted wives (two former and one current, a fashion model), and prolonged reality TV moment serve as ongoing evidence that his boundless self-confidence can turn seemingly impossible dreams into reality. In Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life, written with Meredith McIver, the real estate tycoon and TV star generously fills us in on the secrets of his success -- and explains how we, too, can prevail in our career endeavors.

Turns out Trump's power is not in his hair (if that is his hair) but in his mind. "Champions are born and champions are made," he writes. "Champions think big. Champions work in a big-time way. Champions are focused. Champions are disciplined. Come to think of it, champions think like champions."

Yes, the book is filled with circular head-scratchers like that. But as anyone who has tuned into The Apprentice week after week to watch Trump preen and pontificate before his assembled eager acolytes can tell you, there's something strangely compelling about the Donald's business platitudes. And Think Like a Champion provides ample opportunity to take them in and mull them over.

Each pithy chapter begins with a quote from a famous thinker (Eleanor Roosevelt, Oscar Wilde, Henry Ford, Pythagoras, Aristotle, Alberts Schweitzer and Einstein: Trump's Bartlett's must be in tatters!), which the author briefly explores -- summoning examples from his own life -- before wrapping things up with a chunk of "go out there and get 'em" advice. The result is one part Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey, one part self-help book, and one part Trump infomercial.

For instance,Trump begins an essay entitled "Confronting Your Fears" with a double epigraph: one from Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world," and one from Carl Jung, "To ask the right question is already half the solution of a problem." These he follows up with a personal anecdote: "Recently, an interviewer asked me what my greatest fears were. I said I didn't have any. He seemed surprised, but this is how I see it: If you label something a fear, then it creates fear when sometimes it's not a fear but a concern.... The same applies to business."

The experience Trump draws on to illustrate the principle is to the point -- and distinctly his own.

When I began to construct Trump Tower, for example, I had several things in mind that I knew I wanted. I wanted a certain kind of marble called Breccia Perniche, which was expensive, beautiful, and rare. It was also irregular and had white spots and white veins, which bothered me, so I went to the quarry itself and marked off the best slabs with black tape. Action turned this concern into a problem solved. I got exactly the marble pieces I wanted, and sitting around worrying about whether those pieces would be right or wrong was getting me nowhere. As a result of deciding to go to the quarry myself, the pieces of this puzzle fell into place and the finished product was perfect.

Perfect! To be sure, no one's ever accused Donald J. Trump of being a shrinking violet or of hiding his light -- no matter how strong or dim you consider it to be -- under a bushel. Trump encourages us all to be just as self-confident and self-promoting as he. "It's very important to be your own best friend," he maintains, citing Mark Twain's advice to "be comfortable with your own approval." "Think about it: If you can't say great things about yourself, who do you think will? So don't be afraid to toot your own horn when you've done something worth tooting about."

It is with just such brass-band subtlety that Trump fills us in on the impressiveness of his TV success, the groundbreaking nature of his buildings, the astounding superiority of his golf courses, his fantastic ability to surround himself with only the best people, his business prescience. And while he considers himself a genius ("Someone asked me if I thought I was a genius. I decided to say yes. Why not?"), he'd also like us to know that "the surprising thing is that I'm more humble than people might think."

But here's the thing. Even as we roll our eyes and smirk, somehow, in his blustery way, Trump manages to charm us. Maybe it's because his belief in himself seems to bleed into a belief in us, we who are smart enough to read his book, to recognize his genius, to sit at his knee -- or, better image, across the boardroom table -- and listen to him hold forth on all he's learned. Because we believe in him (he assumes), Trump is willing to believe in us. And if his rather pallid advice is not exactly inspiring, cumulatively, it is unexpectedly...comforting.

A question I would ask you to ask yourself to give you a jump-start in thinking big is this: What is your creative capital? What do you have to offer? What have you acquired in your experience and in your studies that makes you valuable? Are you aware of your own potential? Will you be equipped to make a difference when the time comes for you to step forward? Start thinking along those lines and your worth will have already been multiplied.

I think big, and you can do the same. Just focus on your own standards, your own potential, and tenaciously stay with them. You will be defining yourself and your future success in the process.

Yes, it's generic. Yes, it's hokey. Yes, it's oh so Norman Vincent Peale. (Peale's The Power of Positive Thinking is on Trump's "Recommended Reading" list.) But, so what? Look what completely outsized self-confidence and self-promotion have done for Trump, who is no great intellect and certainly no great beauty. And these days, when the business news is one big bummer, with careers and companies careening off the tracks (including Trump Entertainment Resorts, which has for the third time filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a fact not mentioned in the book), and the global recession beckoning us all toward personal depression, maybe we could all use a little of the power of Trumpative thinking. --Amy Reiter

Amy Reiter, a former editor and senior writer for Salon, has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Glamour, Marie Claire, Wine Spectator, and American Journalism Review, among other publications.

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M_L_Gooch_SPHR More than 1 year ago
I became interested in this book after watching Trump being interviewed by Bill O'Reilly. Trump simply defines success. As time marches on, his expanding interests are usually defined as very successful endeavors. Therefore, if you want to learn to cook, listen to a chef. If you want a successful career, listen to Trump. By branding himself, he has at this point in his life, developed the midas touch with real estate, gaming, publishing and basically anything else he sets his eye upon. If you already keep abreast of Trumps past books and other writings, you will find some of this material to be a repeat. Nevertheless, as packaged, it is very relevant, compelling and authoritative. Some of the essays stood out for me. The one titled There Are Times When You Should Move On reminds me of the old cowboy saying - "When your horse dies, get off." My favorites and the ones that I will begin immediately applying were: * Give Your Higher Self a Chance * Strive for Wholeness * Go Against the Tide Taken as a holistic approach, this book - if really applied - can be the start of a person 'creating their own luck' as Trump states. I can recommend it to my friends, not only in the business arena but also in my personal life. I believe they will find strategies and techniques that will spark positive results. I hope you find this review helpful. Michael L. Gooch, SPHR - Author of Wingtips with Spurs: Cowboy Wisdom for Today's Business Leaders
Anonymous 6 months ago
Donald trump is not racist. He said all the ILLEGAL immigrants are bringing crime. I have no problem with all of you hard working Legal immigrants and he does nt either. please vote for him because he will give you jobs and support you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good read. I didn't want to read it too fast, but it has a flow that makes it hard to put down.
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Jerry2 More than 1 year ago
Trump gives practical advice for success, not just financial but also in your personal life. He embodies American spirit and drive and I think his enthusiasm is contagious.
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I found this to be a very inspirational book. Who would have thought, coming from Donald Trump. This book has some good insights to the financial ups and downs as well as some financial advice in the form of past experiences.
PhotoBySki More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Donald Trump, I thoroughly enjoy everything he writes. And this book is no exception. It's a quick BUT INFORMATIVE read. Read this book.
Book_Listener More than 1 year ago
This book makes you want to succeed if you've been too afraid to try. I think it's a great motivation for anyone wanting more for themselves and their family. Donald has no problem telling people how he sees things. We need a president with Donald's character, rather than the suck-ups we're forced to endure.
marross65 More than 1 year ago
Donald Trump does it again! Authors write because they feel the need to express with others something they have learned, taught, experienced, created, or just want to Help people grow. Dondald Trump is saying go against the tide and he's right,because what he's really expressing, is to be yourself, follow in your own footsteps and don't be afraid to follow what's in your heart. I would buy any one of Donald Trump's books because his passion behind his work is truly inspirational and helpful. Hats off to a man who wants to better the world! "Think Like A Champion," is a wonderful read that will get you thinking, motivate you to live your dreams, and help you to understand that challenges in life are always going to arise, it's up to you to learn how to master the art of winning these battles! Michelle Rossi Author/ All About Me Contributing Author Chicken Soup for the Soul
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I used to admire Trump, but now it seems like he is just spitting out book after book with the same old stories and hype. He is just trying to create an image for himself. I tend to agree with Mark Cuban when he said, if Trump is really a billionair then why does he need to keep doing these books. I think he has cheapend his brand by putting out so many books in a short period of time. He must need the money. He doesn't even write these books,a co-writer does all the work. What does he know about being a champing, he's got two x-wives and business' that are failing all the time. Don't waist anymore money on his books they are the same thing over and over.