He's Donald J. Trump, and he's going to reveal to listeners the secrets to succeeding like he has in Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life. His co-author is Bill Zanker, CEO of the Learning Annex, which he started with $5,000 in Bar Mitzvah money. It's now one of Inc. magazine's 500 Fastest Growing Companies for the second straight year, with over $100 million in sales.
Together, they think BIG! And now, listeners will learn how they too can kick ass and achieve the success they've always dreamed of in business - and in their personal lives as well.
This audiobook is filled with the authors' incredible personal stories from their rough-and-tumble rise to the top of their fields, plus the experiences of other top achievers, including Russell Simmons, Mark Burnett, and Vince McMahon. Readers will get the inside story on Trump's recent clash with Rosie O'Donnell, how not to crack under pressure, the secrets to staying focused, how Trump himself stumbled and recovered multiple times on his way to the top, and much more.
The book features the Trump IT test, which will drive listeners to see if they have what IT takes and in what areas they need to kick it up, plus a selection of the best Q & A's from Trump's incredibly popular Learning Annex Wealth Expos and true stories of success from students who are already practicing his "Think BIG" strategies.
©2007 Donald J. Trump and Bill Zanker; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
We all take advice from successful millionaires. But how often can we take an advice from a billionaire? You need to read this book, there is a self-assessment test in the begging. It's important you pass it, because I'm sure most people will fail. Once you read it, unless you are an idiot, you will have what it takes to pass the test.
Also I highly recommend Anthony Robbins 30 day audio program called Personal Power, Time of your life, Art of Influence, and of course, Creating lasting change. Just keep at it, and it takes 30 days to build a habit of learning 15-30 min a day forever.
It is not clear from the book that you are really only getting about 50% of the book from Trump, with the other half "written" by Bill Zanker. Truth be told, I ended up actually enjoying some of the Zanker material more than the Trump material, but that wasn't clear when using my credit.
If you want to be successful in business, you kinda have to be a dick.
On the whole, I don't believe my credit was wasted, it was an interesting look at two men's take on success in business, but for someone looking for a good business book, I would check out Millionaire Mind and Good To Great first before even considering this book.
Awesome. Trumps thinking is refreshingly aggressive. He does blow his trumpet alot but alot of the stories are funny and all are inspirational. If your loking for a a bit of a pump up this is great.
This book was easy to follow and motivational. Trump's raw and direct style is fun and interesting. My only negative - the use of the same narrator for both Trump and Zanger - it would have been better to use different voices because it was easy to confuse the story lines. It would have been even better if each author narrated the book themselves.
A great listen!
Mr. Trump, of course.
This is my first audiobook that I truly enjoyed. Now granted, it was one of my first, but in the time since I haven't found one I enjoyed quite as much. The voiceover guy is great and adds alot to the sometimes boring, repetitive parts. I didn't expect much to begin with, being a book by an opinionated, windbag like Mr. Trump, but I found it rather motivating and inspiring. I have listened all the way through 3 times now, and I'm sure I will again, aside from the "women want sex more then us" chapter. That chapter can be a bit off-putting but at the same time funny as hell. Thanks Mr. Trump for the inspiration and i'm sure to give another one of his books a listen soon.
I listen to this book many times, love the stories and it is well narrated. Either you love Donald or not the book his good and his knows how to do business.
Get over the failure and move on, create trust
You just can't beat experience and Trump has it. These guys who say Trump is inarticulate miss the point. You don't buy a book called "Think Big & Kiss Ass" written by a Billionaire an expect Ernest Hemingway - unless you're a moron. Good on you Donald and Bill! Thanks for speaking your minds and adding some color and authenticity to an otherwise largely vapid personal development landscape. Brilliantly read by Alan Sklar as well. Best business book I have listened to in a long long time. A+
It's an exhilarating experience to listen Trump's lesson & experiences, very motivating, after you listen you'll get the feeling of urgency to move & make your own mark right away, this is a must have for negative thinkers.
I own and operate a multi-million dollar business, but I am no Donald Trump. Good thing too - I couldn't tolerate more than 60 minutes of this sleazy book. Donald's opening advice is to always get even with your enemies, and he overly emphasized the importance of prenuptial agreements (how many times has he been married?)
Bill Zanker, the co-author proudly recalls the story of how he bribed a Maître d' to lie to Trump's secretary when he took her to lunch. He offered a $20 bribe and was turned down, but he boasted that upping his payoff to $100 worked, and he successfully deceived Trump's secretary that he was a "high-roller" at the restaurant that he'd never been to.
Keep your money and buy a different book on business that let's you maintain your integrity.
We all know Donald Trump is brilliant at what he does, however, I feel that I paid for this audiobook just to hear him slag off other people and to tell you the importance of revenge. Quite dissapointing.
"Didn't hear a point"
I purchased this book as I've heard Trump speak and thought it would be interesting to hear his take on approaching business. A successfully billionaire, who has left me a few pounds further away from attaining riches!
Sadly what this book seems to be is Trump and Zanker telling the world that they made it BIG over and over again, that they never let people get one over on them, and they don't hesitate to tell someone what they think, no matter how harsh or vindictive the method. They then list anicdotes that sound purely designed to make personal points to the individuals named.
Left me feeling that both of these people are greedy, rude, and fairly narcissistic, and the only reason you would put up with their behaviour would be because they're wealthy.
All the 'advice' in the book is probably is fine when your a billionaire but fairly worthless in your average corporate life - unless being fired quickly is your aim - and I'm sure you can tell everyone where to get off when you have made it yourself. For everyone else on the way to that success I'd suggest passing on this and getting something on Emotional Intelligence it might be more use.
Not worth the time to listen in my opinion, limited worth to anyone in business.
"Get some steel in your backbone the Trump way!"
As you'd expect this is a straight talking, no nonsense listen that is unconventional and in places hilariously ruthless in tone.
This has absolutely zero fluff and ideal for a business owner looking for hints, some steel in their backbone and a kick up the backside. His style takes no prisoners and is backed by up-to-date and relevant anecdotes.
Trump takes no prisoners as he takes you on a journey through some fundamental business behaviors.
"A toughly nasty person"
After listening to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs audio books I thought that this book would be of interest.
Instead this guy is a toughly horrid person. Hire the best people and don’t trust them is his advice. Well I hired the best people and kept out of their way.
The guy was lucky. Borne to a property developer it was not difficult for Donald to follow on what his Dad taught him which was screw everyone. A win / lose deal is a great deal Trump goes on especially when he wins. If you get crossed go after them and kill them. Never let any one get one over you. Trump was very close to going out of business, if he had done we would not be talking about him.
Really disappointing book and the above sums it all up. Let’s hope his Golf Course in Scotland fails as we don’t need the likes of Donald over here in the UK.
Unless you want to read a book about bad people then I would pass on this one.
This is a great listen! Very candid and often harsh description from Donald Trump about what it takes to be financially successful. I agree with much of what is said and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. You can certainly see why Donald Trump has achieved so much and I found myself warming to his often VERY forceful attitude, so much so that I now actually believe that this is what it takes to be successful. After all, he would know! Not for everyone but I definitely found it very informative, enjoyable and entertaining.
it sounded like a day out with Trump himself and was very inspiring. For someone who has a low self esteem - listen to it. if you are already a confident person- listen to it and get more intelligent but also apply common sense.
TD Jake's Instinct
Getting even and not letting people walk over you like a door mat
"Think Above Mediocrity"
I think this book is the perfect book for any young professional who is seeking that motivation, that inspiration and that assurance to push forward and achieve their goals and fulfill their destiny. So yes, I would recommend this book to my friends, in fact I have already.
The most memorable moments in this books is where Bill Zanker shared with us that when He is going to a business meeting, He wears an expensive suit and takes $5,000 in his pocket as this provide him with the motivation he needs and put a pep in his step, giving him that air of confidence that He needs to exude at the meeting to conquer any deal.
Their weren't any characters in the book, however, I was inspired by Donald Trump himself and how he got gritty and to the point and opened himself up to us, so that we too could feel as though regardless of where we are from, once you Think Big and believe in your destiny and your dreams, you can achieve them.
Your destiny is within reach, get up and grasp them.
Some persons may think this book is pointless, or that Donald Trump was rude and obnoxious, but the truth of the matter is, that sometimes we need people like Donald Trump to wake us up and put us on the right track so that we can stop living in a bubble of our insecurities and short comings and stretch to that place that make our goals attainable... I love this book, it was right after I read this book, I sat and wrote my scholarship letter because I know that I am worth it and I will achieve it because I believe in the power of my destiny.
Read this after 'How to Get Rich' by Dennis. This is another stormer! Great advice, great delivery. Love the narator. Refreshing to be told: "work harder and never give up". Highly recommend.
"Good insight into a Billionaires mindset"
Good tips on how to persevere and be the best in business. Will be using the skills in the book to make my business even more successful.
"Dont just listen - Think BIG"
Yes - already listen to it twice on the trot. Easy listen with good narration and flow. Makes you want to keep going and get out there and do it.
Listening in the car on the way to a meeting, and it making me decide to take a bit more of a risk - and go for something more - and it worked.
Well worth listening to. Great motivation tool and makes you think that much bigger - Why not think that much bigger and go out there a Kick Ass!
"kick ass indeed"
Gung-ho and boisterous, the irrepressible Trump gives us his ten-cent's worth on wealth, business, people, and life.
This is a fantastic book. Treat yourself to a very long drive in the car, and listen to it all the way through. The miles just glide by, and you might find yourself evaluating your life and business in a new way.
Kick-Ass just about hits the nail on the head.
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