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The host of the hit reality show The Apprentice presents an invaluable collection of grounded, hard-hitting advice on business success, from people who have made it to the boss s chair at some of America s most thriving companies. How can you find the way to the top? Ask people who are already there. Because you can t know it all. No matter how smart you are, no matter how The host of the hit reality show The Apprentice presents an invaluable collection of grounded, hard-hitting advice on business success, from people who have made it to the boss s chair at some of America s most thriving companies. How can you find the way to the top? Ask people who are already there. Because you can t know it all. No matter how smart you are, no matter how comprehensive your education, no matter how wide-ranging your business experience, there s simply no way to acquire all the wisdom you need to make your business flourish. You need to learn from those who have blazed a trail before you. Donald Trump has asked many of the brightest, most successful businesspeople he knows and some he doesn't know to answer this question: What's the best business advice you ever received? The result is a compelling resource of wisdom and wit that reveals how some of the most accomplished people conduct their personal and business affairs, giving an inside look into the secrets of corporate success. But the advice doesn t only come from the upper echelons of the Fortune 500. Thoughts poured in from executives at thriving companies large and small, ranging from well-known icons such as Staples, American Airlines, Lillian Vernon, and Boeing to family-run operations like Orleans Homebuilders and Carlson Companies. The Way to the Top brings together the core ideas that have guided more than 150 of today s top businesspeople, offering a range of inspiring and practical advice on making good decisions, conducting yourself appropriately, developing your career, communicating with others, leading a team effectively, and much more. Some of the entries are simple entreaties, some portray intriguing vignettes, and others outline lists of guiding principles; all are illuminating, instructive, and insightful. A telling to-do list for the aspiring professional, The Way to the Top belongs on every business bookshelf."


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The host of the hit reality show The Apprentice presents an invaluable collection of grounded, hard-hitting advice on business success, from people who have made it to the boss s chair at some of America s most thriving companies. How can you find the way to the top? Ask people who are already there. Because you can t know it all. No matter how smart you are, no matter how The host of the hit reality show The Apprentice presents an invaluable collection of grounded, hard-hitting advice on business success, from people who have made it to the boss s chair at some of America s most thriving companies. How can you find the way to the top? Ask people who are already there. Because you can t know it all. No matter how smart you are, no matter how comprehensive your education, no matter how wide-ranging your business experience, there s simply no way to acquire all the wisdom you need to make your business flourish. You need to learn from those who have blazed a trail before you. Donald Trump has asked many of the brightest, most successful businesspeople he knows and some he doesn't know to answer this question: What's the best business advice you ever received? The result is a compelling resource of wisdom and wit that reveals how some of the most accomplished people conduct their personal and business affairs, giving an inside look into the secrets of corporate success. But the advice doesn t only come from the upper echelons of the Fortune 500. Thoughts poured in from executives at thriving companies large and small, ranging from well-known icons such as Staples, American Airlines, Lillian Vernon, and Boeing to family-run operations like Orleans Homebuilders and Carlson Companies. The Way to the Top brings together the core ideas that have guided more than 150 of today s top businesspeople, offering a range of inspiring and practical advice on making good decisions, conducting yourself appropriately, developing your career, communicating with others, leading a team effectively, and much more. Some of the entries are simple entreaties, some portray intriguing vignettes, and others outline lists of guiding principles; all are illuminating, instructive, and insightful. A telling to-do list for the aspiring professional, The Way to the Top belongs on every business bookshelf."

30 review for Trump: The Way to the Top: The Best Business Advice I Ever Received

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    This book is awful. I've read a fair number of business books - many of which I've enjoyed - and wouldn't recommend this one. The upside is that it's a short read, and perhaps useful for a teenager getting started in the working world. Most of the advice is precisely what you would expect: somewhere between Chicken Soup for the Soul and a "10 Ways to Succeed in Business!" Buzzfeed article. Those who are professionals won't glean anything from this, other than a few interesting anecdotes from oth This book is awful. I've read a fair number of business books - many of which I've enjoyed - and wouldn't recommend this one. The upside is that it's a short read, and perhaps useful for a teenager getting started in the working world. Most of the advice is precisely what you would expect: somewhere between Chicken Soup for the Soul and a "10 Ways to Succeed in Business!" Buzzfeed article. Those who are professionals won't glean anything from this, other than a few interesting anecdotes from other business leaders. I genuinely doubt that Mr. Trump actually considers this any of the "best business advice he ever received," and it's worth noting that this review isn't really a critique of him - he contributed nothing more than the introduction. My biggest gripe with this book rests in the maddening fact that every page of "advice" from a business leader is summarized (often over simplistically) by a small blurb. This might make sense for some of the entries, but some of them are so short that the "summary" is longer than the page itself. For instance, Richard D. Parsons' advice was "Do what's right." That's it. This was "blurbed" into "Take the high road." That's neither entirely correct, nor is it any shorter than the actual advice. If the only reason you've picked this up is to find a platitudinous graduation gift for some wide-eyed senior who is only going to appreciate a gift if it comes with a check, stick with Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the Places You'll Go." It's much more succinct and at least has the emotional pull that will make people think you're thoughtful. Even if you're not.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    January 6, 2021 @realDonaldTrump Fuck off and die already. if i had a tweeter account, i'd gladly lose my "privileges" to use it just to send those words to it (aka TheRump, aka the walking anus in chief) January 6, 2021 @realDonaldTrump Fuck off and die already. if i had a tweeter account, i'd gladly lose my "privileges" to use it just to send those words to it (aka TheRump, aka the walking anus in chief)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I inadvertently got sucked into this one. Some good take-home messages. But embarassing to read on the subway.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fatima

    Had I known up front that this book was a collection of 100 plus disparate pieces of advice from various business leaders with merely a three-page long introduction by the famed Donald Trump, I would have managed my expectations appropriately.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John

    Only read the short ones - because "if your success advice won't fit on a business card... Only read the short ones - because "if your success advice won't fit on a business card...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    The title is definitely misleading. This book is a compilation of business advice from CEOs and leaders of many different companies, of various lengths. It is basically a hodge podge of quotations and positivity along the lines of "don't give up", "keep it simple", "be true to yourself", "know your market", "take chances", "hire the right people". Trump only provided a preface and I feel like this was a money grab, that would sell becasue of the face and name on the cover, and his associations w The title is definitely misleading. This book is a compilation of business advice from CEOs and leaders of many different companies, of various lengths. It is basically a hodge podge of quotations and positivity along the lines of "don't give up", "keep it simple", "be true to yourself", "know your market", "take chances", "hire the right people". Trump only provided a preface and I feel like this was a money grab, that would sell becasue of the face and name on the cover, and his associations with business leadership. Otherwise, there is nothing "Trump" about it. I thought this book would at least have commentary from Trump on the advice others were giving, but it didn't even do that. This one is definitely a pass. I could get the same tones of positivity from a Disney cartoon, in a shorter time frame, with a lot more enjoyment in general. This one was definitely a business disappointment from all angles really, but I think that the advice is generally applicable and decent. That's why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. A couple things were good gems, most were average ones you hear all the time, but none of it is actually BAD advice...just overheard. Several pages were actually the same bit of advice, from different people, so there is generally repetition. That got a bit tedious, but again, it isn't BAD advice...it's just said too often to warrant it being in the book as often as it is.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Cliff

    Clearly predictive of Twitter, some compressed thoughts by Donald Trump of proverbs/stories passed on by some of the most successful people in America. While there was a lot of obvious to me at least advice, there were a couple of intriguing ones as well. The idea of at least trying to get the good stuff from the too-successful-to-care class down to the working joe (at a small profit) is laudable, and it seems to have paid dividends for Trump. notable points: * fact:opinion::dividend:stock share Clearly predictive of Twitter, some compressed thoughts by Donald Trump of proverbs/stories passed on by some of the most successful people in America. While there was a lot of obvious to me at least advice, there were a couple of intriguing ones as well. The idea of at least trying to get the good stuff from the too-successful-to-care class down to the working joe (at a small profit) is laudable, and it seems to have paid dividends for Trump. notable points: * fact:opinion::dividend:stock share * Constellation Energy Group had some somewhat timeless suggestions that while it does go against my experience also seems relevant how a company might survive that long. * David Dombrowski's stoic advice: to plan for things you can control/estimate and to just leave yourself to be broadsided by acts of god. Intriguing, very similar to Islam's view on a couple of things (from the Al-Kafi especially). Overall, short, sweet, and probably wouldn't be a terrible read for those just starting out in the business world. And last of all, one gem: * Be the kind of good person that others will want to do business with.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Truong Hiep

    1. All or nothing 2. Điều kiện tiên quyết: tuyển dụng đúng người 3. Kiếm tiền, dành dụm tiền, và để tiền đẻ ra tiền 4. Phải biết nghĩ như một nhà báo: trước khi nhận 1 nhiệm vụ nào hoặc ra 1 quyết định nào, phải thu thập thông tin dưới nhiều góc cạnh khác nhau. 5. Con ruồi không bao giờ bay vào cái miệng đang ngậm chặt: đôi khi phải học cách giữ im lặng, im lặng có thể tránh được những tai họa. 6. Đừng đặt câu hỏi "Tại sao" mà hãy đặt câu hỏi "Làm thế nào": hướng tới tư duy tích cực 7. Bất cứ khi bạn 1. All or nothing 2. Điều kiện tiên quyết: tuyển dụng đúng người 3. Kiếm tiền, dành dụm tiền, và để tiền đẻ ra tiền 4. Phải biết nghĩ như một nhà báo: trước khi nhận 1 nhiệm vụ nào hoặc ra 1 quyết định nào, phải thu thập thông tin dưới nhiều góc cạnh khác nhau. 5. Con ruồi không bao giờ bay vào cái miệng đang ngậm chặt: đôi khi phải học cách giữ im lặng, im lặng có thể tránh được những tai họa. 6. Đừng đặt câu hỏi "Tại sao" mà hãy đặt câu hỏi "Làm thế nào": hướng tới tư duy tích cực 7. Bất cứ khi bạn làm điều gì, hãy làm với tất cả sự chính trực. Bất cứ đi đến đâu, hãy đi với tư cách người lãnh đạo. Khi phục vụ bất kỳ ai, hãy phục vụ thật chu đáo. Khi mơ, hãy mơ tất cả mọi mong ước. Và đừng bao giờ đầu hàng. 8. Những ai nói ít nhất là những người có nhiều điều để nói nhất; còn những ai nói nhiều nhất lại là những người không có gì để nói. 9. Khi sinh ra, con được ban cho một cái tên đẹp. Hãy trả ơn lại điều đó như cách con đã được nhận.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alethea

    I wouldn’t call Trump the “author” of this book. Literally a collection of quotes from business associates, often the same message repeated throughout the book. Some decent, basic advice for anyone starting out in business, but definitely not a must-read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stamen Stoev

    Не веднъж съм казвал, че не харесвам книгите, в които са събрани златни мъдрости. Тази книга обаче е една идея по-различна от повечето подобни сборници, защото съветите не са дадени от личностите, които ги споделят, а са дадени на тях самите.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cheerio

    yeh it bin prety gud

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michaela

    For anyone into business or already owning one. This is full of advice from creators and ceos of big named companies that will prove usefull no matter what.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Moberg Diaz

    This is basically a bunch of quotes from business tycoons that Trump put his name on. Don't waste your time. This is basically a bunch of quotes from business tycoons that Trump put his name on. Don't waste your time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    S

    RNC never would have thought The Donald could win the GOP nomination. He did. I thought I should dig into the mind of the person. In this book he cites business and career advice he has received from various leaders and some of them are worth noting. (view spoiler)[ Investigate future bosses: what they can teach and how they are perceived in the organization. Performing above expectations involves working on business building initiatives in the spare time. Stick to the business you know - the grass RNC never would have thought The Donald could win the GOP nomination. He did. I thought I should dig into the mind of the person. In this book he cites business and career advice he has received from various leaders and some of them are worth noting. (view spoiler)[ Investigate future bosses: what they can teach and how they are perceived in the organization. Performing above expectations involves working on business building initiatives in the spare time. Stick to the business you know - the grass always looks greener on the other side. Accept, Change or Leave. I anyone can do it -it's worth maybe a quarter. Let investments sit for five years before evaluating them. A simple and sincere Good morning goes a long way. The man with the plan leads the way. If you walk with the lame, you will learn to limp. Learn whom not to associate with. Don't try to convince anyone of anything - if you believe in it deeply, your enthusiasm will be contagious. You're not a man until you have had to fire someone. And you're not a good man unless every time you do it you hate it. (Was waiting for this one in a book written by Trump) Everyone in the company should have the skills of a salesperson. Have someone in high position be your mentor. That person will become your protector, confidante and biggest supporter. Bloom where you are planted. Make the most of the current situation. You can't always control where you are planted - to which team or project - but you can control the experience while you are there. Recover quickly and you'll always be successful. Dust yourself off and move ahead. Keep it short and to the point and you'll grab everyone's attention. When you babble, people quickly become disinterested. Never lose perspective. Wear blinders like race horses and race your own race. During a pitch: If they don't have the authority to say Yes, they don't have the authority to say No. Deal directly with decision makers. Honest and personal relationships trump all trophies. Building relationships requires focus on the needs of others. To get a Yes answer meet face to face. For a No use the phone. During a presentation, interview or sales pitch - listen. Don't just wait to talk. Always keep reaching and risking. Who wants to sleepwalk through life - experience it to the fullest. (hide spoiler)]

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Lewis Kozoriz

    "Never take a job just for the money, for soon, like every living organism, you'll live beyond your means and you'll probably be miserable in your job. Always strive to take a job doing something you truly love to do. If it's money you seek, it will come to you in barrels-full, because if you love what you do, you'll no doubt do it very well and folks who want the best will beat your door down to employ you." (Jack Valenti: Donald J. Trump, Trump: The Way to the Top: The Best Business Advice I E "Never take a job just for the money, for soon, like every living organism, you'll live beyond your means and you'll probably be miserable in your job. Always strive to take a job doing something you truly love to do. If it's money you seek, it will come to you in barrels-full, because if you love what you do, you'll no doubt do it very well and folks who want the best will beat your door down to employ you." (Jack Valenti: Donald J. Trump, Trump: The Way to the Top: The Best Business Advice I Ever Received, Page 242) Really Donald??? This is really "the best business advice you ever received"? No. This is actually a book where Donald Trump solicited the best business advice from CEOs for this book, not sure if he knew them personally or not. So, to say it is the best business advice he has ever received is a BIG FAT LIE. This is plain miss-representation of a book and is a marketing gimmick to sell more copies. I feel ashamed for anyone who really thinks they are getting Donald Trump's best advice that he learned throughout his life. He owes anyone who purchased this book an apology and a new book with REALLY the best business advice he received during his lifetime. Now, you may wonder if I like Trump. Yes. I do. But, no manner if I like you or not. Tell the truth and don't lie for financial gain...it is unethical. Buy and read this book if you want to hear the best business advice from CEOs of successful companies mostly in New York, but don't buy it if you were thinking you are getting Donald Trump's collection of business advice he has collected in his lifetime. Not true. Shame on Donald for allowing the book title to say this. Surprised no one has sued on this one yet.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Abdulla

    This is a compilation of advice from different businessmen. The business advice is mostly vague and anecdotal. I wouldn’t recommend reading this book for any reason whatsoever. Examples of chapter summaries include, “never lose perspective”, “Sometimes nothing needs to be said.” “Encourage and involve employees,” etc. Each chapter, written by a different business person, contains some anecdote which illustrates the title of the chapter. Donald Trump didn’t write anything except the intro, which This is a compilation of advice from different businessmen. The business advice is mostly vague and anecdotal. I wouldn’t recommend reading this book for any reason whatsoever. Examples of chapter summaries include, “never lose perspective”, “Sometimes nothing needs to be said.” “Encourage and involve employees,” etc. Each chapter, written by a different business person, contains some anecdote which illustrates the title of the chapter. Donald Trump didn’t write anything except the intro, which has his sort of characteristic style.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David Feinstein

    Trump, with his attorney, Bernard Diamond, and coordinator, Norma Foerderer, has leveraged contacts, friendships and clout, and collected pearls of wisdom from over 153 business leaders. Trump implores the readers to learn from their own experiences, as well as the experiences of these leaders. A good read...but the book gives only "tidbits"...terabytes rather than the meat...but makes you "hungry for more, more more". Great addition to a read list by a successful Gazillionaire who has built empir Trump, with his attorney, Bernard Diamond, and coordinator, Norma Foerderer, has leveraged contacts, friendships and clout, and collected pearls of wisdom from over 153 business leaders. Trump implores the readers to learn from their own experiences, as well as the experiences of these leaders. A good read...but the book gives only "tidbits"...terabytes rather than the meat...but makes you "hungry for more, more more". Great addition to a read list by a successful Gazillionaire who has built empires.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Bronkar

    Though this book is chock-full of both anecdotes and detailed life lessons, it is incomplete. One would expect that an author would expound on how he learned from advice he received. Mr. Trump, however, only wrote the entirety of two pages in his book. Indeed, he wrote the preface. Perhaps the work could be better coined a "compilation". Though this book is chock-full of both anecdotes and detailed life lessons, it is incomplete. One would expect that an author would expound on how he learned from advice he received. Mr. Trump, however, only wrote the entirety of two pages in his book. Indeed, he wrote the preface. Perhaps the work could be better coined a "compilation".

  19. 5 out of 5

    Max Anadon

    Collection of short thoughts from some of the most successful business people in the world. Basically answering the question, 'What one thing would you say was the key to your success?'. Interesting insights...later I may add a few of my favorite... Collection of short thoughts from some of the most successful business people in the world. Basically answering the question, 'What one thing would you say was the key to your success?'. Interesting insights...later I may add a few of my favorite...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sunlita

    Because of I still haven't had a proper business by myself.. (even now..).. I just read this book as a 'entertaining' book, not as my unliving-mentor. But I guess I'll open this book again when I must take some important decisions in the future.. Because of I still haven't had a proper business by myself.. (even now..).. I just read this book as a 'entertaining' book, not as my unliving-mentor. But I guess I'll open this book again when I must take some important decisions in the future..

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anne Marshall

    I liked the business advice from the different business leaders. Very interesting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    not quite what i was expecting.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wulan Sundani

    Nice...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mecinna

    I loved hearing about his business struggles and failures. He's an entertainer. I loved hearing about his business struggles and failures. He's an entertainer.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gugu Maduna

    This is a great book the advises are straight forward and encouraging. Being the best requires an individual to be bold and consistant to purpose.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor Ruffes

    some good advice from top business leaders around the world. I like that each page is a separate anecdote from a different executive; can be read out of order or consulted sporadically.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Wirawan

    Jangan melakukan hal tidak disukai apabila kita tidak ingin diperlakukan dengan cara yang sama . Jujurlah senantiasa , kebohongan akan mengakibatkan hal yang tidak diinginkan .

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rich Urban

    A great compilation of Business & Life tips from some of the smartest people in the world..an easy read..

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yemi

    overflowing with great lessons from successfula and almost-successful entrepreneurs and business people around the world.

  30. 4 out of 5

    James Mcdonough

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