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Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life

By: Donald J. Trump,Bill Zanker
Narrated by: Alan Sklar,Donald J. Trump
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Summary

He's got the biggest personality in business. His trademark line "You're fired" from The Apprentice is one of America's most recognizable catchphrases. He's survived the biggest real-estate bankruptcy in history and climbed his way back to the top.

He's Donald J. Trump, and he's going to reveal to listeners the secrets to succeeding like he has in Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life. His co-author is Bill Zanker, CEO of the Learning Annex, which he started with $5,000 in Bar Mitzvah money. It's now one of Inc. magazine's 500 Fastest Growing Companies for the second straight year, with over $100 million in sales.

Together, they think BIG! And now, listeners will learn how they too can kick ass and achieve the success they've always dreamed of in business - and in their personal lives as well.

This audiobook is filled with the authors' incredible personal stories from their rough-and-tumble rise to the top of their fields, plus the experiences of other top achievers, including Russell Simmons, Mark Burnett, and Vince McMahon. Readers will get the inside story on Trump's recent clash with Rosie O'Donnell, how not to crack under pressure, the secrets to staying focused, how Trump himself stumbled and recovered multiple times on his way to the top, and much more.

The book features the Trump IT test, which will drive listeners to see if they have what IT takes and in what areas they need to kick it up, plus a selection of the best Q & A's from Trump's incredibly popular Learning Annex Wealth Expos and true stories of success from students who are already practicing his "Think BIG" strategies.

©2007 Donald J. Trump and Bill Zanker (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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Get some steel in your backbone the Trump way!

As you'd expect this is a straight talking, no nonsense listen that is unconventional and in places hilariously ruthless in tone.

This has absolutely zero fluff and ideal for a business owner looking for hints, some steel in their backbone and a kick up the backside. His style takes no prisoners and is backed by up-to-date and relevant anecdotes.

Trump takes no prisoners as he takes you on a journey through some fundamental business behaviors.

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  • 04-01-13

Didn't hear a point

I purchased this book as I've heard Trump speak and thought it would be interesting to hear his take on approaching business. A successfully billionaire, who has left me a few pounds further away from attaining riches!



Sadly what this book seems to be is Trump and Zanker telling the world that they made it BIG over and over again, that they never let people get one over on them, and they don't hesitate to tell someone what they think, no matter how harsh or vindictive the method. They then list anicdotes that sound purely designed to make personal points to the individuals named.



Left me feeling that both of these people are greedy, rude, and fairly narcissistic, and the only reason you would put up with their behaviour would be because they're wealthy.



All the 'advice' in the book is probably is fine when your a billionaire but fairly worthless in your average corporate life - unless being fired quickly is your aim - and I'm sure you can tell everyone where to get off when you have made it yourself. For everyone else on the way to that success I'd suggest passing on this and getting something on Emotional Intelligence it might be more use.



Not worth the time to listen in my opinion, limited worth to anyone in business.

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Think Above Mediocrity

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I think this book is the perfect book for any young professional who is seeking that motivation, that inspiration and that assurance to push forward and achieve their goals and fulfill their destiny. So yes, I would recommend this book to my friends, in fact I have already.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life?

The most memorable moments in this books is where Bill Zanker shared with us that when He is going to a business meeting, He wears an expensive suit and takes $5,000 in his pocket as this provide him with the motivation he needs and put a pep in his step, giving him that air of confidence that He needs to exude at the meeting to conquer any deal.

Which character – as performed by Donald J. Trump and Alan Sklar – was your favourite?

Their weren't any characters in the book, however, I was inspired by Donald Trump himself and how he got gritty and to the point and opened himself up to us, so that we too could feel as though regardless of where we are from, once you Think Big and believe in your destiny and your dreams, you can achieve them.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Your destiny is within reach, get up and grasp them.

Any additional comments?

Some persons may think this book is pointless, or that Donald Trump was rude and obnoxious, but the truth of the matter is, that sometimes we need people like Donald Trump to wake us up and put us on the right track so that we can stop living in a bubble of our insecurities and short comings and stretch to that place that make our goals attainable... I love this book, it was right after I read this book, I sat and wrote my scholarship letter because I know that I am worth it and I will achieve it because I believe in the power of my destiny.

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Self indulgent and look at me.

good messages but very contradictory due to what we see him doing as president. the Clintons are good friends to him in this book. I found it hard to take seriously.

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A toughly nasty person

After listening to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs audio books I thought that this book would be of interest.

Instead this guy is a toughly horrid person. Hire the best people and don’t trust them is his advice. Well I hired the best people and kept out of their way.

The guy was lucky. Borne to a property developer it was not difficult for Donald to follow on what his Dad taught him which was screw everyone. A win / lose deal is a great deal Trump goes on especially when he wins. If you get crossed go after them and kill them. Never let any one get one over you. Trump was very close to going out of business, if he had done we would not be talking about him.

Really disappointing book and the above sums it all up. Let’s hope his Golf Course in Scotland fails as we don’t need the likes of Donald over here in the UK.

Unless you want to read a book about bad people then I would pass on this one.

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Great Listen

This is a great listen! Very candid and often harsh description from Donald Trump about what it takes to be financially successful. I agree with much of what is said and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. You can certainly see why Donald Trump has achieved so much and I found myself warming to his often VERY forceful attitude, so much so that I now actually believe that this is what it takes to be successful. After all, he would know! Not for everyone but I definitely found it very informative, enjoyable and entertaining.

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Awesome book

Read this after 'How to Get Rich' by Dennis. This is another stormer! Great advice, great delivery. Love the narator. Refreshing to be told: "work harder and never give up". Highly recommend.

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One of the best audiobooks!

A very good audiobook, that motivates, inspires and educates all at the same time! Wished I had bought it years ago!

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Wish i read this 20 years ago!

A few weeks back i was watching a program about a women who lost her daughter to a senseless crime and what stood out is what the mother said in the end. She said "you teach your kids how to be nice and its this kindness that eventually sent my daughter to her death". this book gives one of the most amazing advice on how to tackle bullies and vicious people who are so rampant in the corporate world or life in general. i highly highly recommend this book. In this book trump tells you real stories which have actually happened to me too. All i can think was i wish i read this book years ago to explain a lot of crazies i saw in my professional life instead of banging my head against the wall wondering why people are so nasty. i know his methods are unconventional but so vital and absolutely true in every word. i will definitely explore the other trump books. Please buy it and you won't regret it (i have 15 years of corporate scars to recommend this).

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Brilliant

What made the experience of listening to Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life the most enjoyable?

it sounded like a day out with Trump himself and was very inspiring. For someone who has a low self esteem - listen to it. if you are already a confident person- listen to it and get more intelligent but also apply common sense.

What other book might you compare Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life to, and why?

TD Jake's Instinct

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Getting even and not letting people walk over you like a door mat

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  • Christian
  • 16-02-09

Get it Now

We all take advice from successful millionaires. But how often can we take an advice from a billionaire? You need to read this book, there is a self-assessment test in the begging. It's important you pass it, because I'm sure most people will fail. Once you read it, unless you are an idiot, you will have what it takes to pass the test.
Also I highly recommend Anthony Robbins 30 day audio program called Personal Power, Time of your life, Art of Influence, and of course, Creating lasting change. Just keep at it, and it takes 30 days to build a habit of learning 15-30 min a day forever.

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  • Brian's Other Account
  • 13-06-12

A peek at Trump's worldview, but left empty

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It is not clear from the book that you are really only getting about 50% of the book from Trump, with the other half "written" by Bill Zanker. Truth be told, I ended up actually enjoying some of the Zanker material more than the Trump material, but that wasn't clear when using my credit.

What did you take away from Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life that you can apply to your work?

If you want to be successful in business, you kinda have to be a dick.

Any additional comments?

On the whole, I don't believe my credit was wasted, it was an interesting look at two men's take on success in business, but for someone looking for a good business book, I would check out Millionaire Mind and Good To Great first before even considering this book.

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  • Luke
  • 08-07-10

Very disappointing

If I could apply negative rating I would. I simply dont know how this book has received all the rave reviews it has. This man is a inarticulate half-wit. Nothing in this book is original. The only consolation is that it would appear that you dont have to have a brain to become wealthy.

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  • Daniel
  • 16-08-09

Good pump up

Awesome. Trumps thinking is refreshingly aggressive. He does blow his trumpet alot but alot of the stories are funny and all are inspirational. If your loking for a a bit of a pump up this is great.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 03-08-08

It's just ok

We all know Donald Trump is brilliant at what he does, however, I feel that I paid for this audiobook just to hear him slag off other people and to tell you the importance of revenge. Quite dissapointing.

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  • The Dave!
  • 18-01-08

A MUST Read!

Do you want to be more successful? Well, there isn't a better teacher than Mr. Trump. His book is funny AND informative. Where else can you get into the head of a Billionaire (who wants to share his successes with you)?

This book is HOT! (Or you can just continue to be a loser)

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  • mpb
  • 10-09-12

You like him or not the book is awesome

Would you consider the audio edition of Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life to be better than the print version?

I listen to this book many times, love the stories and it is well narrated. Either you love Donald or not the book his good and his knows how to do business.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life?

Get over the failure and move on, create trust

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  • Stacie
  • 25-01-09

Interesting and entertaining

This book was easy to follow and motivational. Trump's raw and direct style is fun and interesting. My only negative - the use of the same narrator for both Trump and Zanger - it would have been better to use different voices because it was easy to confuse the story lines. It would have been even better if each author narrated the book themselves.

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  • Luther Setzer
  • 10-03-20

Well-Armored and Masculine

I read this as an antidote to the feminizing vulnerability worship of DARE TO LEAD by Brené Brown. Chapter 6 on revenge was awesome. Nothing like a dose of Trump to strengthen the soul.

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  • Rajesh Chandrasekaran
  • 12-07-15

Wonderful read. Awesome kick ass real life stories

Wonderful read. Awesome kick ass real life stories from Trump. Very good lessons for entrepreneurs like me 👍

4 people found this helpful