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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Business; Reprint edition (Aug. 27 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061547840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061547843
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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 showThe Apprenticeand the author of seven bestsellers, he is truly a media giant. This is the first book where Donald reveals his Think BIG attitude.


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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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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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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Mceachern on Nov. 15 2009
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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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112 of 115 people found the following review helpful
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!
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Stay Focused, Maintain Momentum, and Aim for the Top March 4 2008
By Bryan Carey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Donald Trump has one of the most recognizable names in business. He has a successful track record in the real estate and development business segments and in this book, Trump seems anxious to offer his advice and some general ideas that he feels will lead to great success.
Many of the ideas presented in this book are obvious and many other people have stated the same things. Staying positive, maintaining focus, keeping a step ahead of the competition, aiming for the top, etc., are all pretty common pieces of advice that most business people and self- help/motivational authors would agree are important ingredients to success. Trump has his own unique way of saying things, but the basics of most of this advice are pretty clear, and pretty ordinary.

When the book gets interesting is when Trump offers some more unique words of wisdom. This takes place in the chapters that cover fear and distrust, seeking revenge, and demanding a prenuptial agreement. The chapter on trust isn't too far out of the ordinary, but it is still a little different and some of what it says took me by surprise. Trump feels that you can never completely trust anyone, and that includes people you have known for a long time. His bottom line when it comes to employees is "Get the Best People, and Don't Trust Them". Trump has witnessed too many backstabbers and too many shenanigans to put his trust in people again.

The chapter about seeking revenge is probably the most controversial of all. Here, the book recommends something that many would find reprehensible: Getting even with those who have insulted you or damaged you in any way. When someone does you wrong or in any way proves themselves disloyal, you should fight back directly and with such great force that the person will never mess with you again. Trump offers many examples of feuds he has had with other people and former friends who are no longer on his buddy list. In each instance, he has fought back tooth and nail. He feels that revenge is sweet and that anyone who avoids getting even is a schmuck who deserves any bad treatment he/she receives. This chapter is certain to cause controversy among readers and many will likely dismiss it outright, even though I cannot really say that Trump is completely wrong in his assessments.

The other chapter that is controversial is the one on prenuptial agreements. Trump agrees that a prenup is about as unromantic as anything could possibly be, but he feels very strongly about getting one because he feels there is too much at risk if you do not. It is interesting to note that the book doesn't recommend prenups only for the highly successful who own a business and don't want to lose it. It seems to aim this advice at all men and women, even though, in the absence of any wealth, a prenup doesn't seem that important.

Bill Zanker is the co- writer of this book and Zanker offers his own writing segment at the end of each chapter. Zanker's claim to fame is The Learning Annex and he considers Donald Trump to be one of his mentors. His contributions to this book are not very useful, because in every instance, all he does is reaffirm what Trump said earlier in the chapter. He plays the role of the supportive cheerleader, chanting out Trump's name and pointing out how correct Trump is in his pronouncements on business and life. It gets a little boring after a while because you already know what you are going to read before you get there.

Overall, this is a good book from Mr. Donald Trump and his sidekick/head cheerleader, Bill Zanker. This book has been referred to by some as a self- help guide but it is really an empowerment book and I like it better than Trump's recent efforts, like "How to Get Rich" and "Think Like a Billionaire". I like the "Sum it Up" and the Key Points sections at the end of each chapter, because they help to keep the book organized and they make for a good reference tool. I could have done without the input from Zanker, but this is still a good motivational book written by one of the most recognizable names in business. Trump has been there and done that, and he wants you, the reader, to enjoy the great taste of success, just like he has been doing for nearly three decades.


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