He is best known for making great deals and he has turned the deal-making process into an art form.
And he has also demonstrated that he is one hell of a tough guy who is capable of making extraordinary comeback after even toughest of challenges.
Now let's take a look at his secrets that put him at the top of his game and how we can capitalise on his wisdom to put ourselves at the top of our own game.
1. Follow Your Passion
"The most important thing in life is to love what you're dong, because that's the only way you'll ever be really good at it."
If you want to excel in what you do, you have to be obsessed with it. But you can't be obsessed with something if you don't have a passion for it. This is how all highly successful people achieve their success.
Also, we all need a little motivation from time to time to keep ourselves going when things get tough. But the truth is, motivation doesn't come without passion. When you love what you are doing, motivation comes a little more naturally.
Do what you love and live with a passion.
This is the No. 1 rule if you want to become the best.
2. Never Motivate Yourself With Money
"Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game."
Once again, it's all about following your passion and do what you love as 'the real excitement is playing the game'.
The only way to excel in what you do is to love what you do. If you're really good in what you do, money is all but a by-product. It'll come naturally to you.
If you're only in for the money and not do what you enjoy doing, you'll quickly lose the enthusiasm and give up before you even make your first pot of gold.
3. Expect The Best of Yourself
"I decided that as long as I had to be in college, I might as well test myself against the best."
You don't have to be the best, but you have to be the best that you can be. You can fail everyone else, but never fail yourself by not giving your best shot. And to bring out the best in you, you need to benchmark yourself against the very best in your field.
4. Never Give Up
"Sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure."
One thing that Trump understands is that he's bigger than all the problems, obstacles and challenges that cross his path. He knows they are nothing but a little delay. Ultimately, he knows he'll get to where he wants to be if he keeps going.
So keep moving. You'll beat yourself up if you know how close you are to success when you give up.
5. Think Big
"If you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big. Most people think small because most people are afraid of success, afraid of making decisions, afraid of winning. And that gives people like me a great advantage."
Think small if you're willing to settle for a mediocre life. Nothing great has ever been achieved by thinking small.
Of all the top real estate agents I've come across, none of them achieved top producer status by telling themselves: "I'm happy if I could just make $50,000 this year."
Top producers never settle for anything less than a quarter million a year. More often than not, they aim to achieve $500,000 or more. If you want to achieve big success, you have to think big.
6. Trust Your Gut
"Listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper."
Personally, I'm a big believer in trusting my own gut. There'd been a number of occasions that things turn out to be pretty positive when I trust my gut.
Sometimes, it's all about how much faith you have in yourself. Of course, you still need to do your homework by conducting your research and seeking advice from other people in order to develop that gut feel.
7. Seek Opinions
"I'm a great believer in asking everyone for an opinion before I make a decision."
What Trump mean here is not that he does not have a mind of his own. What he means is you need to look at a subject from different angles and you alone will not be able to see something from all angles so you need other people to help you with that.
And you do not need to adopt every opinion you've gathered. You just need to put into consideration those that make sense and simply discard those that don't. This is a great way to help you make an informed decision.
8. Keep Learning
"Watch, listen, and learn. You can't know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity."
This is also the reason why you need to seek other people's opinions because 'you can't know it all yourself'. You always learn something if you take the time to hear someone out. It doesn't matter who they are. That person can be a 5-year-old kid and you may still be able to learn something. The gist is to keep an open mind to 'watch, listen, and learn'.
9. Blow Your Own Trumpet
"If you don't tell people about your success, they probably won't know about it."
A lot of people have an issue with 'selling', especially when it comes to selling themselves or promoting themselves. The truth is, if you don't sell, promote or market yourself, you're not going to get anywhere.
If you don't tell people what's so great about you, why would they want to do business with you or hire you?
10. React Positively
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
Recently, I've picked up a formula on how to turn every negative into a positive. It's simple, but extremely powerful. The formula goes like this:
Event + Response = Outcome
Events are things that happen which are beyond our control. What's within our control is the way we respond to the events.
Most of the times, it's not the event that will determine how things are going to turn out for us. It's usually our response to the event that will create a greater impact on the outcome.