Coming from a business oriented family, Donald Trump has succeeded at achieving what no other person could. Being a public figure, celebrity and a mentor, here are great lessons Trump can teach you on doing business:
1- Think big:
“I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big”
I don’t know exactly why, but our minds try to always put standards that limit the way we think and act. I think the main reason is that our minds hate insecurity to the point that they will do anything to stay in the safe zone. I know for sure that most people resist new things and they only want to remain within the same frame of old habits. If you want to be successful, then you need to think way beyond your actual boundaries and try to explore new ventures. Because you’re going to be thinking anyway, why don’t you think big and save yourself the time and effort.
2- Experience is your best teachers:
“Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make”
I know that most people want to be in the position of watchers instead of being involved. They claim that they can simply learn from other people’s mistakes and that it’s not worth it to waste time on experiencing while there are people who do it every day and fail. From my own experience, I think that you’ll never learn unless you try it yourself. Put in mind also that the best experiences are the ones that fail (look at how much trial and error Thomas Edison went through to make the light bulb work for us).
– Listen to your inner self:
I think that people who don’t believe in themselves won’t be able to achieve anything in this life. If your gut is telling you that something is right or wrong, then that’s what you should believe.
– Stick with what you know:
This might appear obvious to most people, yet I see many people who try to do things they don’t know and then complain when they don’t succeed. While we all can learn new stuff, I know that everyone of us is different in many ways. If you’re passionate about science, then there is where you should spend most of your time and effort. If you’re a business-oriented person, then that’s what you should be focusing on. Bottom line, if you don’t follow your passion, you’ll never become good at what you’re doing.
– Be a visionary:
No matter how much vision we have, there are always things that we blink on. I think that being a visionary requires a lot of experience and education as well. If you can see great opportunities in small ideas (that most people might find ridiculous), then you’re really one of the very few people that are going to make a difference.
3- Work VS pleasure:
“If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable”
I think that we, people, have the tendency to go extreme with things. You could either find a workaholic person who’s everything in their life is work-related or find a lazy person who can’t lift a cup of water when they are thirsty. If you’re not going to find a sweet spot between work, rest and pleasure, then you’re going to stress yourself out and ruin your life. Because many people hate their jobs (you don’t always get the job of your dreams), they feel like it’s an obligation for them to work and you know that we all hate obligations. However, if you like what you’re doing or at least try to find positive things within it to make it more likable, then you’ll be able to be much productive and less stressed out.