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Think Big: Make It Happen in Business and Life [Paperback]

Donald Trump
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Sept. 19 2008

Donald J. Trump is an icon: the very definition of the American success story. The star of The Apprentice and developer of some of the planet's most prestigious real estate, he's been on the bottom and risen to become one of the world's wealthiest men.

Bill Zanker started The Learning Annex with $5,000 and grew it into a $5 million a year company. That was before he met Donald Trump. Thirty months later, after Zanker learned to think BIG himself, The Learning Annex is generating over $100 million a year in sales—and still growing.

Together, they're living examples of how thinking BIG and knowing when to back up your opinions aggressively—regardless of what your critics or opponents might say—can help you maximize your personal and professional achievements. For the first time ever, you too can learn Trump's secrets to thinking BIG! Learn:

  • Momentum: the Big Mo. How to get it and how to get it back.
  • Revenge: how and when to get it (and why it's so sweet).
  • "I love you, now sign this!" Why contracts in business and personal life are so important.
  • Real-life stories from people who've applied the think BIG formula in their own lives.

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Donald J. Trump is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and the developer of some of the most prestigious addresses worldwide, including Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, Trump Park Avenue, Trump World Tower, 40 Wall Street, The Grand Hyatt Hotel, the historic Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, the Palm Trump International Hotel and Tower in Dubai, and numerous award-winning golf courses. His Real Estate and Wealth Expos with The Learning Annex have helped over one million people to think BIG. As the Emmy-nominated star and coproducer of the hit television show The Apprentice and the author of seven bestsellers, he is truly a media giant. This is the first book where Donald reveals his Think BIG attitude.



Bill Zanker started The Learning Annex in 1980 with $5,000 of his own money. The Learning Annex has now spent two consecutive years on the Inc. magazine Fastest Growing Companies list with over $100 million in annual sales. The growth of his small business stems from Zanker's partnership with and learning from Donald J. Trump's think BIG strategies. Zanker has been featured in Success, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., and Money magazines. He lives in New York City and Park City, Utah.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Motivational Read June 20 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Practical advice and good insight for everyone. This book is easy to read with real examples. It motivates you to take action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining book Jan. 11 2008
Format:Hardcover
I found this book to be an interesting collection of Donald Trump's views on business and life. He recounts his side of events reported in the media. I am not a businesswoman or entrepreneur but I gained an appreciation of what it takes to be a success in business. Each chapter ends with a list of the key points covered in that particular chapter.
This is one of the better books I have read lately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do You Have What it Takes? Dec 26 2007
Format:Hardcover
Donald Trump is not one to back down from a challenge or be afraid to speak his mind. Here, Trump pairs with Bill Zanker, founder of The Learning Annex, which generates annual sales that exceed hundreds of millions, a company that grew dramatically in a short time largely by employing techniques discussed inside these pages. Combining their formidable talents and insight, Trump and Zanker show you in Think BIG and Kick As in Business and Life how to boost your professional and personal success, in the prcoess maximixing your achievements through methods that include harnessing momentum and getting revenge, as well as why signed contracts are vital. The book also holds real-life stories from people who have decided to think big themselves and say that, as a result, their lives are greatly improved. All of the greats in every sport, in finance and business, in the arts, and in government possess something special. A lot of people have it, but frankly, most people do not. Do you have what it takes to think big and kick as? Virtually all self-made millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Walt Disney had the ability to think big and kick as. It is hard to explain, so Don asks you a few questions:
--How much money do you want to have in five years?
--What is your financial dream?
-- Which statement best describes your financial situation?
--How much time do you spend each day building your wealth?
--How much money do you spend on business, financial education, and training?
--What do you do when you are faced with a difficult problem?
--What is your attitude toward work?
--What would you do if you lost your job or source of income?
--Which statement best describes your energy and concentration level?
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1.0 out of 5 stars New book condiion Nov. 15 2009
Format:Hardcover
I ordered this book new over amazon.ca. As I was reading the book I soon realized that the book is missing pages 70-95. What good is a book thats missing 25 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trump's an Egomaniac, But His Book Makes Sense Nov. 3 2007
By Guitar Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I picked this book up while browsing at a local Borders Books recently. I actually chuckled as I began turning pages and skimming through the table of contents and the first few pages.

Soon, I found myself sitting down - the book still in my hands. Next thing I know, I'm at the checkout paying for it. What happened??

Trump is an egotistical, self-serving man, no doubt. But let's be totally objective, as I was that day: good advice is good advice. And, most writers do not have the courage to dispense such advice in such raw terms as Trump does.

This book holds nothing back. Trump lays it all out on the table with blatant opinions, ideas and thoughts about those who've crossed him, helped him, etc. He tells you how you need to be (not just what you need to do - read that again!) to be successful. However - and this is the most important point of my review - there's truth to so much of what he says. It's helpful. You'll look at yourself differently. You'll gain insight, and you'll learn things about yourself that you did not previously know. You might even be vaulted to a new level based on what you read; I don't know - that depends on you, the reader, and your potential application of what Trump discusses.

I'm not a huge fan of Trump, the man, but I cannot argue with his success. Forget those who claim he was born into money; that may be true, but he continues to make headlines with regularity. His projects are everywhere; his stamp is clearly there in the real estate world.

If you like Trump, you'll love this book. If you don't care for him, and can put your personal feelings aside (he's never done anything to hurt me, so I was ok in that area!), you're in for a mind-altering , no-holds-barred, shot-in-the-arm volume of encouragement, confidence-building tenets.

This book made me want to run out of the bookstore and head right for my office to go to work (and it was Saturday afternoon). Highly Recommended!
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teachers Will Appear Oct. 17 2007
By Dave Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Best book by the Donald yet. Lots to like, but some annoyances that keep me from giving the book five stars.

First, a disclaimer. Those who are repulsed by the author's bombastic style will not enjoy this book and likely will not be able to see through the style issues to mine the exceptional wisdom offered throughout the book.

Set aside style issues, here is what you can expect. Clearly, the author has achieved incredible business success. And, clearly he is also a master at personal branding. As such, his candid offering of the keys to his success is good stuff.

Enhancing the wisdom Trump offers up is the reinforcement offered by co-author Bill Zanker, founder of the Learning Annex. I thoroughly enjoyed Zanker's commentary and his style. I came away admiring Zanker for what he has built and how he has apparently personally grown through that building process.

Kudos to publisher Harper Collins for the interesting use of a co-author to an icon such as Trump. Boos to the publisher for what I found to be poor editing (e.g. points and events introduced in subsequent chapters as if they were being introduced for the first time). Yes, we live in a fast paced ADD world but some of us actually recall what we read in the previous chapter(s).

So here is the bottom line: nuggets of gold in this book if one can set aside the repetitive aspect and the bombastic style that sometimes is very annoying.

Wayne Dyer and other great philosophers are long on making the point that we can learn from others, even from the tyrants who come into our life. Trump is someone I have learned from and will continue to learn from. Some of the learnings are positive, others are in the form of strong messages of how I don't want to be like him. Point is that he is a strong teacher for me and can be others if you put his thoughts, action, etc. in the context of developing ones personal philosophy of success, as opposed to just trying to replicate him.

PS Let there be no doubt that the author fully understands that controversy sells books and other products, at least for him. Count on it that Trump will understand that the flame ratings that likely will start showing here will help sell more books. As Rosie O'Donnell has proven, flaming the Donald just creates controversy that keeps him in the news, thereby enhancing his visibility.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath of fresh air! Oct. 11 2008
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Wow - what a breath of fresh air - I love it!

This book is unexpectedly fun, readable, and direct.
It is oddly not about money really at all - it is about how to manage situations, sometimes financial, mostly people related. I love Trump's code of honor, so to speak - what is acceptable vs what is absolutely not tolerable and how to handle it directly. He has a 'quiz' at the end that is a remarkable way to 'see' yourself, to look at the way you may label, and thereby, limit yourself, especially financially. And in this quiz, he clearly offers another way to look at the same issue, the way he might handle it - this is what I mean by a breath of fresh air. His way of seeing problems is like a quantum shift in perspective, he does not seem to have the considerations that limit most of us in our actions and decisions. I highly recommend this book. I also highly recommend Ariel and Shya Kane's books, Working on Yourself Doesn't Work: The 3 Simple Ideas That Can Instantaneously Transform Your Life and Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment. They are exceptional - their way of seeing things/situations that confront all of us is an equally quantum shift in perspective on life, relationship, and well-being.
What I respect most about Mr. Trump and the Kane's is, in fact, their willingness to share their astonishingly unique perspectives - Thank You!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a new fan! Feb. 3 2008
By Susan NYC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Donald Trump's enthusiasm for life leaps off the page and is infectious. This is a man who loves his job his family and friends.
His secrets for success are passion and integrity. He lives his life fully, dreams big, and encourages his readers to go for life with gusto. He believes that everything matters; from the huge real estate deals to the right shade of trim in a room, it all matters. This high-powered businessman writes of "riding the waves" of daily experiences and staying present for all life has to offer.

Living life with honesty and integrity reminds me of Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment by Ariel and Shya Kane. This powerful book is filled with
stories of wisdom and truth that are inspirational as well as practical. It's possible to live fully in the brilliance of the moment and have a magical life, instantaneously! Both of these books move me to live fully and embrace the gifts life has to offer.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Think Big, But THINK... Jan. 25 2008
By Sukhbir Singh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is an amazing book by the Donald and the founder of the Learning Annex. The most useful aspect of this book is that you have the lessons learned from the life experience of these two people who have developed themselves to where they are now. You have it right here, between these pages.

The only caution that I have about this book is to take what suits you and leave the rest. All of the talk about "pre-nups", "taking revenge and using revenge as the key to fuel you", "screwing people who screwed you 10 times over" and so forth is just a bit too much and shouldn't be taken too seriously regardless of how serious The Donald makes it sound.

Learn the lessons and live your life! That's it! Don't take every word as gospel, after all, not everyone's perfect.
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