From Trump Tower to the White House: How Donald Trump’s Business Skills Made Him the President of the United States of America

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    Donald Trump On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America. The outspoken businessman, real estate developer and television personality had previously declared some interest in becoming a candidate for public office in 2000 and 2012, but it wasn’t until June 2015 that his political goals became clear. When he first announced his plan to become the Republican Party candidate for the 2016 presidential election, his chances of success were widely dismissed and often ridiculed by large numbers of Americans, including influential members of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Trump quickly took the lead ahead of the sixteen other contenders for the Republican nomination and, by May 2016, it was obvious that he would be representing the party in the November 2016 election. While his success in winning the nomination had come as a surprise to many of his opponents and detractors, the results of the November 8th general election astonished millions of observers around the world as they came to realize that, with no previous government or military experience, Donald J. Trump had defeated the highly experienced Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. Trump’s approach to both the nomination and election campaigns was unconventional and controversial. He ignored many traditional political strategies, routinely used insults and name-calling in dealing with his opponents, held dozens of sometimes raucous public rallies, and relied on Twitter as one of his primary means of communication. Promising to “Make America Great Again”, Trump spoke in opposition to free trade, climate change and immigration, pledging that he would have a wall erected along the U.S.-Mexico border and would make Mexico pay for it. As a businessman and developer, Donald Trump learned some important lessons that helped him become a successful political candidate in his very first serious attempt at public office. Before 2016, he had entered presidential races in the past but they were more for publicity, he basically gave a few speeches here and there and then dropped out. In 2016, he had become famous for both his forceful approach to business and for his unique style of communication. Trump’s tips to the public, as discussed in this book, help to explain how he worked his way up the ladder to become a top businessman and one of the richest men in America. Whether or not you agree with Trump’s opinions and strategies as a businessman and politician, it is important to understand the brand that he has built around his name and the legacy that is connected to this. He is a controversial figure, but that does not mean that his sentiments and beliefs can be dismissed. Trump’s advice provides a coherent view of how he believes people can achieve success. He built his business empire through principles that he learned throughout his life, and he then went on to utilize them in the world of politics to become the leader of perhaps the most powerful nation in the history of our planet. This book concentrates on Trump’s strategies and successes as both a businessman and politician by focusing on ten of his most frequently publicized principles. It is hoped that these will serve as guidelines to others as they chart their own paths in life.

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