I was recently thumbing through Donald Trump’s book Think Like a Billionaire and I was delighted to find a list of the top 10 ways to think like a billionaire. The similarities between the rich & successful and B&D are always astounding. Highly successful people like Donald Trump always seem to think the same way.
(Note from Vic: Think Like a Billionaire is a good book but not a great book. For a truly GREAT book that can change your life, by changing your mindset, you should read Trump’s masterpiece The Art of the Deal.)
Whether it is success in sport, business, or art- successful people always live by the same rules. People always find success the same way, and Donald Trump gives you the tools and rules to live by.
Before we get into Donald’s rules, you need to know this one certainty: Getting rich requires a mindset shift.
To think big and get rich you must follow the rules of the successful – even if you don’t like them! Normal people want a step-by-step guide to getting wealthy and they scoff when their wealth guides don’t include concrete steps from A to Z. No one’s going to sell you a get-rich-quick scheme that actually works. Plans that work are always kept in secret. You think Colonel Sanders is just going to give you his famous chicken recipe? Get real. You have to make your own recipe for success.
The key to understanding the path to success is to understand that it is a MINDSET, it isn’t an instruction manual like you get from Ikea. The real step-by-step guides to wealth focus on mindset not on actions. None of the rules of success work unless you do the work! That’s why the truly successful try to teach you about mindset rather than by giving you concrete rules to follow. If you give a man a fish he eats for a day, if you teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime.
When you can understand the mindset without becoming emotional, that’s when you can unlock the key to wealth.
When you fish for success your mindset is the bait that attracts success. After you develop the mindset, everything else falls into place. With the wrong mindset, nothing works. With the right mindset, everything works. The actual steps you take to success are irrelevant. It’s the mindset, the stone-cold belief, that brings you to new heights. Adopt the mindset, take the daily steps and there you are.
Successful people think differently than normal people. “Successful people” thoughts are much colder and bolder than “normal people” thoughts. The rules of the rich always seem counter-intuitive to normal people but that’s because normal people were taught the normal rules by normal people. Rich people play by different rules and don’t give a damn if you like it or not. That’s what you have to learn how to do – think rich without remorse.
If you want to get rich you must start thinking (and acting) like a successful person.
When normal people hear the thoughts of the successful they start to act like children. They hear the truth and get uncomfortable, then they shrink and say “that’s bad” like little infant babies. Boo-hoo, too bad, cry more and then get over it. You must stop complaining that thoughts are bad. Success is as it is – not as you wish it to be.
You must realize that rich and successful people think this way for a reason. It is infinitely better to be bold than it is to be meek. If something works, it works. You need not be emotional about it. Instead, be curious, reverse-engineer the plan, emulate it and apply it to your own life and business. If you waste your brainpower being sad that these traits are “bad” then you won’t get anywhere. But if you’re ready to learn to earn from the master of the MAGA mindset, here you go…
Donald Trump’s Top 10 Ways To Think Like The Rich
#1) Don’t take vacations.
“What’s the point? If you’re not enjoying your work, you’re in the wrong job. Even when I’m playing golf, I’m doing business. I never stop, and I’m usually having fun.” – Donald Trump
What business is Donald Trump in? He’s in the Donald Trump business. He isn’t in the real estate business or the publishing business – he’s in the Donald Trump business and his business stays open 24/7.
To get big success, always be “on” like Jerry Seinfeld. Your mind has to constantly be on work. Your mindset and actions are literally what make the business. Your work becomes you as business and life become intertwined. There is no “business/life balance” for highly successful people. The truly successful people ARE the business.
It isn’t possible to truly take a break when you’re business is your life 24/7. You can take a break from the office but you can’t take a break from being you. A king never stops being a king! Even if he’s on an island with a bunch of beautiful babes in bikinis – he’s still the king. He still has responsibilities and business on his mind and it won’t ever go away unless he quits, fails or retires.
When your mind is always on work it is impossible to relax on some beach somewhere. Even if you take a physical vacation, you’ll never have a mental vacation. That’s if you actually even wanted a vacation. When you have passion for your work, vacations are the worst thing in the world.
When you have a burning passion for what you do, you are the most relaxed while working. When big business is on your mind, working is relaxing and vacations are stressful. Take a vacation while your building a million dollar business? Don’t make me laugh. Business first, forever and ever and never to stop until you die or quit.
#2) Have a short attention span.
“Most successful people have very short attention spans. It has a lot to do with imagination. Quite often, I’ll be talking to someone and I’ll know what they’re going to say before they say it. After the first three words are out of their mouth, I can tell what the next forty are going to be, so I try to pick up the pace and move it along. You can get more done faster that way.” -Donald Trump
Be ahead of the game. When you’re ahead of the game, your attention span will be cut short because it won’t have another option. You’ll be living in the future (because you’re the visionary) and the people around you are all stuck in the past. When they speak we’ve heard it all before and we already know what they’re going to say.
People often want to explain to you in detail and it becomes tedious because you already know the details. “Come on and get to the point” becomes your every day reaction to people who are too slow to get to the point. It would be like explaining remedial math to an engineer – the engineer already knows basic math and he’s moved past it.
You don’t have to be a mega-genius to get rich, but you do have to be pro-active and ahead of the game. When people are talking to you you’re in a state of reaction and they’re behind the game. No need to suffer through their words, just cut them off and move on. Ain’t nobody got time for slow people.
#3) Don’t sleep any more than you have to.
“I usually sleep about four hours per night. I’m in bed by 1am and up to read the newspapers at 5am. That’s all I need and it gives me a competitive edge. I have friends who are successful and sleep ten hours a night, and I ask them, “How can you compete against a people like me if I only sleep four hours?” It rarely can be done. No matter how brilliant you are, there’s not enough time in the day.” -Donald Trump
You have to work all the damn time to get ahead in a big way. Driven people hate sleep because it really gets in the way of work. If I could personally reduce or eliminate sleep I would. I’m not a jealous man but you can bet I’m envious of this next secret.
Here’s a real secret of big success (that you can’t do anything about): Many highly successful people do not require much sleep to function. They’re called short-sleepers and they only need 2-4 hours of sleep per night to function at a high level.
Natural “short sleepers,” as they’re officially known, are night owls and early birds simultaneously. They typically turn in well after midnight, then get up just a few hours later and barrel through the day without needing to take naps or load up on caffeine.
They are also energetic, outgoing, optimistic and ambitious, according to the few researchers who have studied them. The pattern sometimes starts in childhood and often runs in families.
While it’s unclear if all short sleepers are high achievers, they do have more time in the day to do things, and keep finding more interesting things to do than sleep, often doing several things at once.
Not everyone can be a short-sleeper, but everyone can reduce your time spent sleeping. The experts say you need 8 hours of sleep, Arnold Schwarzenegger says you only need 6. Who you gonna believe? If you think you need 8 hours of sleep instead of 6, Arnold has some advice for you: Sleep faster.
#4) Don’t depend on technology.
“A lot of it is unnecessary and expensive. I don’t have a computer on my desk. I don’t use an intercom. When I want someone in my office, I yell. It works a lot better than an intercom, and it’s much faster. I don’t even have an ATM card…When I go to restaurants, I rarely have to pay. It’s usually on the house. The sad part is that if I needed the money, they would make me pay!” -Donald Trump
Technology doesn’t create the mindset. It’s the opposite, innovative mindset creates technology. All you need is the mindset, you don’t need gadgets and doo-dads to succeed.
I always talk about how I didn’t even have a smart-phone for a numbers of years while building my publishing business. A smart-phone would have been an enormous distraction to me at that time. Focus is key. Electronic distractions can be just that – distractions! When you’re working, turn off the phone, turn off the email, turn off the twitter and focus on work.
#5) Think of yourself as a one-man army.
“You’re not only the commander in chief, you’re the soldier as well. You must plan and execute your plan alone.” -Donald Trump
Your journey to success starts and ends with you. Other people will help you along the way but no one will do the work for you. Your mindset is the model of the business and without your mindset there is no business. There’s no Trump Tower without Donald Trump. Thousands of people helped to build the tower but only one man made Trump Tower possible.
YOU must be the innovator, YOU must be the risk-taker, YOU must be the visionary, YOU must be the leader. Everyone else is a follower, trying to play catch-up to your imagination. It’s you. It isn’t us and it isn’t we – it’s you! You’re a lone wolf in this game so get used to it. Read You, Inc. to learn how to start your one-man army.
#6) It’s often to your advantage to be underestimated.
“You never want people to think you’re a loser or a schlepper, but it’s not a good idea if they think you’re the smartest guy in the room, either. Because I wrote The Art of the Deal, everyone is always on guard whenever I negotiate with them. One of the reasons President Reagan was such a successful candidate was because rival politicians consistently misjudged him. They assumed an actor wouldn’t be able to compete.
In How to Get Rich, I discussed how important it is to let people know about your accomplishments. I’ll always believe that but there are time when it’s even more impressive if people discover your accomplishments without you telling them directly.” -Donald Trump
It is often better to fly under the radar. When people expect huge (yuuuge) things from you and all you give them is big things, they will be disappointed. If people expect little from you and you deliver big they will be delighted.
Often, if people don’t expect much from you they will leave you alone to work in peace. If they expect too much from you, they’ll never leave you alone (and eventually you will blow up as an “overnight success” that no one expected or predicted). They’ll always be harassing you for results, stressing you out.
Everyone should know you are rich and smart, but not everyone need to know exactly how rich and smart you are. Everyone thinks they know and that’s the real fun, no one really knows but you.
#7) Success breeds success.
“The best way to impress people is through results. It’s easier for me to do deals now because I’ve had so many triumphs. You have to create success to impress people in the world of business. If you’re young and you haven’t had any successes yet, then you have to create the impression of success. It doesn’t matter whether the success is a small one or a big one-you have to start with something and build on it.” -Donald Trump
Wait a second here, “create the impression of success?” That sounds a lot like pretending! Too bad there is no way you could pretend yourself into success, right? Wrong. People can and do fake it ’til they make it. But there are two types of people who fake it ’til they make it:
- People who fake it
- People who fake it UNTIL they make it
See the difference? Some people who “fake it ’til they make it” forget the 2nd part, make it, and all they do is fake it. Those people are liars, fakers and con-artists. But then there is the 2nd type of people who fake it until they actually make it. These people were never fake at all, they simply saw what other people didn’t see. They were visionaries and they turned the vision in their heads into a reality. They saw their success clearly in their minds, they believed it, and that self-belief eventually became reality.
Before you “make it” they’ll call you fake and delusional. After you’ve made it they’ll call you a visionary with immense self-belief. Remember, it doesn’t matter what they call you at first, it only matters what you believe and achieve. No one was successful before they were successful. It has to start somewhere.
To become successful you have to believe you will become successful. Belief with nothing to show for it (yet) is cocky and brash but it’s better to be cocky and brash than it is to be meek and weak. No one ever got ahead with a meek mindset. Success takes a damn #MAGA Mindset! After you “make it” you’ll have the most beautiful thing in the world: MOMENTUM.
#8) Friends are good, but family is better.
“It’s better to trust your family than your friends.” -Donald Trump
“B-b-b-but I trusted you!” -Schmuck
The silly need to trust people is for children. When you grow up you always have someone you know you can trust – yourself. Trust in yourself and your vision and trust other people to be people. It is beyond silly place your trust in another man’s value and integrity when all you need to trust is your own.
Friends are fun, but trust is a silly thing to give out. You never need to trust friends. You only need to trust them to be themselves and act in a way they normally act. They’re there for fun, conversation, deals and companionship. You can trust your friends to show up to dinner on time at 9pm but you don’t need to trust them with every detail of your life and business. People change and you can’t predict it or stop it. Even if you felt they were trustworthy yesterday, tomorrow they may not be.
You’re in this game alone and you don’t give out trust because it’s just not necessary to give out trust. You don’t have to be paranoid and think that everyone is out to get you, but you have to understand that it is a possibility. You cannot be naive and blind to the reality of people. People aren’t infallible beings of nobility and virtue, even if you’re friendly with them.
People are just people and when push comes to shove they will act like people – emotional, reactive, jealous, envious, sensitive, vindictive. That doesn’t make them bad people, it just makes them people. Your friends shouldn’t trust you either and if you think they should you are emotional and naive, which are two very normal traits of people.
If you need to trust someone, the only people you can ever count on is family. Family is always there, through thick and thin, whether you’re rich or poor. But what if your family is untrustworthy? Don’t trust them either!
#9) Treat each decision like a lover.
“Vast fortunes are accumulated through dozens of decisions a day, thousands a month, and hundreds of thousands in a career. Yet each decision is different in it’s own way. Sometimes you decide immediately-love at first sight. Sometimes you go slowly-the long engagement.
If you treat each decision like a lover-faithfully, respectfully, appropriately-you won’t be locked into a rigid system. You’ll adapt to the needs of the particular system. Sometimes you’ll think with your head. Other times you’ll think with other parts of your body, and that’s good. Some of the best business decisions are made out of passion.” -Donald Trump
Bruce Lee said it better when he said “Be like water.” Immovable stones get left behind, water adapts to any situation.
Each situation is different and you cannot treat each decision with the same decision-making formula. You have to be creative sometimes, you have to be analytical sometimes, you have to be stone-cold sometimes, you have to be warm-hearted sometimes.
You will always have to adapt to each situation to make the best decision. Everything should be on a case-by-case basis. You cannot be robotical all of the time and make smart business decisions just like you cannot rely on feeling or gut-instinct 100% of the time (but usually you can).
#10) Be curious.
“A successful person is always going to be curious. I don’t know why this is true, but it’s definitely the case. You have to be alive to your surroundings and hungry to understand your immediate world. Otherwise, you’ll lack the perspective to see beyond yourself.” -Donald Trump
Non-curious people never get anywhere. They have no vision of the future. They don’t know how things work and they don’t care to find out. Bad way to live life. Curious people, however, possess the building blocks of vision, invention and innovation. They want to learn how things work and how to make things work better.
Curiosity is a trait, it isn’t an item on your “get rich checklist”. If you don’t have this trait then you will need to cultivate it. The good news – curiosity is a word to describe people who want to learn. Since you are reading this magical article you already possess curiosity and you’re a step ahead of the regular Joes and Joanas who don’t care to learn.
Your curiosity will serve you on your quest to get rich in exactly this way: You will be curious as to how rich people got rich so you will study how to get rich. You will ask questions about exactly what rich people did to get rich. Your curiosity will lead you to books by Donald Trump and blogs like B&D.
You will reverse-engineer all great fortunes to see how it was done and to see what tips and strategies you can use on your quest to wealth. Eventually you will realize why you cannot follow a step-by-step formula for success because you have to be flexible like water, and step-by-step formulas are inflexible and un-creative. You’ll come to realize that when Napoleon Hill said “if you can believe it you can achieve it” he was right.
You’ll start to realize that you had a blueprint to wealth the whole damn time and all you had to do was internalize the MAGA mindset and follow the light to success. Eventually you will figure out the key to success that has been alluding you this whole time…
So make your mindset great because when you get your mind right everything else is easy, peasy, Japaneasy.
Until next time.
Bonus: The Donald Trump Book Business for Beginners
Donald Trump seems to release book after book after book. Do you think there’s any money in that? Must be. Too bad Trump has all the money in the world to throw at marketing.
No way a regular Joe could ever be a professional writer making a ton of money running his self-publishing business. It requires way too much money upfront, right? Wrong! Anyone can write well, anyone can self-publish and anyone can make money, laughing all the way to the bank – if you do it right.
This is exactly how you make money in self-publishing, in 4 steps:
#1 – Use BADNET to set up your website where you sell your books from (costs about $4 per month plus you get a FREE domain). See How to Start a Blog Overnight – Use Badnet and Follow These Easy Directions.
#2 – Read So You Want To Be a Professional Writer to learn how to write in a way that makes money.
#3 – Read How to Publish Your Own Book to learn how to publish your own book.
#4 – Read YOU, INC. by Professor Victor to learn how to turn your writing hobby into a business that makes money.