“I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big”. - Donald Trump
I finished reading ‘Midas Touch‘ by Donald Trump and co-author Robert Kiyosaki of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. A great book, offering a fresh insight and honest perspective from two of the most successful people today, on what really lies behind success and failure.
From re-telling how they learnt from failures in life and business, losing millions and living in motel rooms, ripped off by accountants, to being horribly sabotaged by individuals once considered close friends. It’s about having learnt about business and success through real life circumstances, from serving in Vietnam, to learning from the toughest of teachers, their dads.
Having read the book, I share with you a few snippets of insight to what it takes to be successful in life and business (publishing and book selling is a business after all) and how you as an author can benefit from this sage advice, just as I have.
“With out passion you don’t have energy, with out energy you have nothing”.
– Donald Trump
1. Being yourself with strength of character
There are many skills that can be utilised in achieving success, most importantly though, is having strong intrapersonal skills. This is where you can direct and control your inner voice or self-talk that ultimately defines your mindset, which is either holding you back or fuels your success.
You’re going to get feedback at some point whether you like it or not, positive or negative. Build a thick skin. Successful people learn to welcome feedback and turn it around, using it to their advantage to make it better.
“What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate”. - Donald Trump
2. Stand up and set your sights
Decide what your goal is, set your sights and aim high. You don’t know your true capabilities of reaching success until you really focus on achieving it. There’s so much that’s possible in our ever-increasingly connected world. You just have to do what so many others don’t, give yourself permission.
Don’t be afraid of something going wrong, that would be your first failure. There’s an element of risk in all things worth doing. Successful people take action anyway and it’s what separates them from those living in fear. When something doesn’t work, stand up, look at why it went wrong and learn from it. The same goes for things that work, learn why it worked so you can repeat it again.
“There are no mistakes in life, just learning opportunities”.
– Robert Kiyosaki
3. Invest in yourself and your dream
If you are serious about your goal or dream, then you need to understand that investment of money, time and commitment is necessary for realising your success. If you are too cheap to invest money in your product, brand or business; too cheap on investing time and commitment in yourself, then success will elude you.
“Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow”.
– Robert Kiyosaki
Distilling it down
There is no such thing as an overnight success. It can take months or years to turn a dream into reality. If you want it, if you are hungry for it, then time won’t be an issue.
Successful authors and business people learned to ignore the naysayers and dream crushers. They continue to take action and push forward in the pursuit of success and happiness. They believe wholly and fully, that the payoff is worth it.
Even though the dream you are working to realise is essentially an external result or situation of your efforts, true fulfillment and happiness is still derived from within, based on your values and the associations you have with what success means to you.
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And … action!
If you’d like to check out the book yourself, which I recommend you do, you can find Midas Touch on Amazon here.