I bought the book, How to Get Rich, at a used book store in downtown Crawfordsville. It might be the best $3.45 I’ve ever spent.
I didn’t buy the book to become rich. I didn’t buy it because I want to go into real estate. I bought it because I want to learn from the best. And right now, I’m trying to do that. I’m trying to learn from the best in a variety of categories.
For example, I’ve watched documentaries and read articles on Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, the best in basketball. I’ve read articles and books on Eminem and Lil Wayne, the best in rap. I’ve watched a documentary on Lady Gaga, the best in pop culture. I recently finished Bob Dylan’s autobiography, the best lyricist and folk-rocker. I’ve begun to follow the artwork of Makoto Fujimura, one of the best in abstract art. So, naturally, when I saw a book by Donald Trump, I had to buy it. After all, he’s the best in real estate. And hair!
Basically, Trump’s book is a modern-day Proverbs. It’s not written like Proverbs; rather, he tells stories and shares interesting facts. But all in all, the book boils down to a lot of good, solid advice. Practical wisdom from a practical man. Trump shared so much wisdom that I took three pages of notes. And I don’t know if an ounce of it will help me become rich, but it will certainly help me live well.
I will close with this: The thing that stood out to me the most about Donald Trump is his passionate and solid work ethic. The man is like the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps going and going and going. He wakes up every morning at 5am, reads four or five newspapers before reporting to his office at 8am, then works non-stop until 6 or 7pm. He almost always has dinner plans with someone, and before bed, he thumbs through six or seven magazines. He keeps this schedule at least six, sometimes seven days a week. He usually takes one break at work–15 minutes at lunch.
Basically, the man loves what he does, he works like an ox, and he is rewarded for it. May we learn from his example.