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Secret Ingredient that kept Donald Trump off the Street

 

Let me ask you a question…

If Bill Gates lost everything tomorrow, do you think it would take him long to become a millionaire again? How about Richard Branson? Michael Dell? Or Jeff Bezos?

Heck, Donald Trump did lose millions and in his book, Trump: The Art of the Comeback, he described the depth of his poverty in 1990 (p.11):

“One day, while walking down Fifth Avenue, hand in hand with Marla, I pointed across the street to a man holding a cup and with a Seeing Eye dog. I asked, “Do you know who that is?”

Marla said to me: “Yes, Donald. He’s a beggar. Isn’t it too bad? He looks so sad!”

I said, “You’re right. He’s a beggar, but he’s worth about $900 million more than me.”

She looked at me and said, “What do you mean, Donald? How could he possibly be worth $900 million more than you 

I said, “Let’s assume he’s worth nothing (only from the standpoint of dollars) – I’m worth minus $900 million.”

Today Trump is once again a billionaire.

So what separates you from the likes of Donald Trump and the millionaires mentioned above?

While there are personal qualities, such as passion… dedication… commitment… the ability to think outside the square, etc… in my opinion, one of the biggest factors is knowledge. And the courage to act on that knowledge.

And that‘s why – if they lost everything tomorrow, just like Donald Trump… most successful business owners could build it all up again… while the bum in the street will probably be worth nothing forever.

So where‘s the real security? Is it in money? Or is it inside you?

Your knowledge and your inner qualities are the things that really count.





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