He’s an entrepreneur, television personality, investor, real estate magnate and now 45th President of United States. He was No. 17 on Forbes 2011 Celebrity 100 List. He even considered running for President of the United States of America. He’s Donald Trump and here are his top 10 rules for success.


1. Don’t do it for the money

“I love the game. I like the money and the money is certainly a method of keeping score, but I don’t do things for money, I do things because I enjoy doing them. That really sometimes can translate into more money than you would’ve made if you went just after the money.”

2. Never give up

“Never, ever, give up. You can change, and you can move around, but never, ever give up. I know people that are very smart. They went to the Wharton School of Finance with me. I know other people, that aren’t as smart, and those people are the top people in industry today. And the top, they just were tougher. They didn’t give up. And the smart ones had everything on their plate, they’d always come in with the A-plus on the tests, and the good boards, and everything else. But when they ran into problems, they didn’t know how to solve the problems like the guys that weren’t as good. And it’s very seldom that you see something other than this happen. So never, ever, give up.”

3. Be into the details

“A lot of that is all in the details. You’ve got to be into the details, because if you are not, they will come back to haunt you. So, often times life is in the details, well, business also is into the details, you have to be very careful, you have to watch the dotted ‘i’s, because you can really lose tremendously if you don’t watch those details. So, we discuss that, and as Robert likes to say, probably more than I do, that’s the little finger, but it’s all about the details, it’s very important.”

4. Be totally focused

“You want to be totally focused, you can’t take your eye of the ball. When I had troubles in the early nineties, a major article came out and it said very strongly, everything he touches turns into gold. And I believed it. So I go out with models at night, instead of working. But that wasn’t good. And I remember, I had a big lease coming up, and there was a big show. And I went to the show, and I said, “Don’t worry fellas, you can handle the lease, you’ll get it done.” When I came back, they didn’t get it done. And I would’ve had it done a hundred percent. And then the market crashed in the nineties. So I had trouble, but it was sort of an amazing test ofyourself. Can you handle pressure? How are you under pressure? Are you smart when everybody is coming at you?”

5. Get great employees

“You know, the worst employee is a good employee. A bad employee is fine, because you fire that person right away. A great employee is phenomenal, you want to keep them, and cherish them, they are fantastic. But a good employee, you never sort of fire them, but they never lead you to the next level. They just keep their job. They are sort of too good to be fired, but they are not good enough. You are never going to do great. So I always say, the worst employee isn’t a bad employee, it’s just a good, or average employee.”

6. Work hard

Gary Player, the great golfer, he was the little guy, very little, but he worked really hard. And he had a great statement,

“The harder I work, the luckier I get.” And he wins the US Open, and you have all these big handsome guys, these big giant guys, and they hit the ball a mile. And you have Gary Player, and Gary Player would win the Open, he would win the Masters, he would win this, and win that. In the US Open, he hit a 5-iron to one foot from the hole, and he ended up getting a birdie and wins the US Open right, and he came off the green, and I know I’ve heard the statement before, but I heard it from him in a meaningful way. They said, “What do you think Gary, what is it?” He said, “All I know is, I have been working really hard. And the harder I work the luckier I get.” I thought it was an amazing statement.”

7. Follow your instincts

“Sometimes in life, to be successful, oftentimes, most of the time, you have to follow your instincts. You have to follow your gut. You have to. Your parents may say wrong, your, whoever may say wrong. But you have to do it.”

8. Believe in yourself

“So much of success is seeing yourself as victorious. You have to see yourself. You have to really believe in yourself. And sometimes it’s hard, you had failures, you had weaknesses, you had other things. You have to see yourself as a one man band. Don’t rely too much on other people, because they will let you down. You have to see yourself as victorious. And to be a winner, you have to think like a winner, if you don’t think like a winner it’s just never going to happen.”

9. Have a messy desk

“Many people have been asking about my desk, and the fact that I have so many papers on my desk. It’s actually very neat. I know where everything is. But if you look around, I mean, there’s a lot of stuff. The fact is, I’m busy. I always notice that busy people, people that are very successful in many cases, have a lot going on on their desk. I have papers from deals, I have papers from just about everything. I like to read up on things. I like to study what I’m doing. So, therefore, you have a lot of action going on your office.”

10. Love what you do

“You have to love what you do. And I’m not going to go over that long, but it solves a lot of problems. Because, when you love what you do, when you really love what you do, you work harder.”

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Biplab Ghosh

Biplab lives his life around technology and is particularly keen to explore the intersection of technology and human behaviour. Always looking for new ideas, and ways that can make things simpler. He is a geek with the flair for travel and has great passion for music and theatres.

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