What Bloggers Can Learn From Donald Trump

This post was guest blogged by Alan Johnson, who is hosting a $1,000 contest at The Rating Blog.

So you want to make money online? Well guess what, millions of other people share your goal. A person who says that making money online is easy doesn’t have a clue. Are all people filthy rich? I didn’t think so. If you say that something is easy, it means that everyone can do it. When everyone will be rich (that’s not even possible in theory) then sure, you can say that making money is easy. Until then, let’s try to keep our feet on solid ground.

Alright then, making money online isn’t easy but it definitely doesn’t mean that it is impossible. Yes, you can earn a living online, but not if you follow the crowd. Wouldn’t it make sense to listen to what a billionaire has to say instead? Let’s see what Donald Trump’s take on this whole situation is:

“I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.”

It all starts with setting the right goals. If you think big, you might make it big. If you don’t then you might as well stick to your 9-5 job. Try to see things in perspective and picture yourself as an online entrepreneur 10 years from now. How do you picture yourself? Think outrageously high net worth, cars, lifestyle, the works. Can you achieve such a status? Of course you can, millionaires and billionaires are only human as well. If you don’t have the ambition to set high goals, then that’s your problem.

Now that you know where you want to be 10 years from now, it’s time to work on getting there. Unless you win the lottery, you can’t be a millionaire in a matter of days, it is important that you take things one step at a time. Pick a topic you are passionate about and knowledgeable in and take it from there. Obviously, if you want to succeed, you have some serious learning ahead of you. What does Donald Trump say about the learning process?

“You can’t know it all. No matter how smart you are, no matter how comprehensive your education, no matter how wide ranging your experience, there is simply no way to acquire all the wisdom you need to make your business thrive.”

“Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself.. anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.”

As you can see, knowing it all is simply not possible. A lot of people spend far too much time learning when they could have been putting their knowledge to good use a long time ago. You need to understand that, at some point, enough is enough. When you think that you are ready to get doing, be sure to not be afraid of failures. You will learn your most important lessons as an online entrepreneur as a result of failing. Don’t treat failure as a disappointment, treat it as a learning opportunity.

On the other hand, if a certain project is not working out for you, no matter how hard you try, here is what Donald suggests:

“Well, yes, I’ve fired a lot of people. Generally I like other people to fire, because it’s always a lousy task. But I have fired many people.”

“I mean, there’s no arguing. There is no anything. There is no beating around the bush. “You’re fired” is a very strong term.”

When necessary, Donald Trump shows no mercy when it comes to firing. Neither should you: if something isn’t working out for you, despite all of your tweaking attempts, it’s time to let go and move on to more promising ventures.

Every successful entrepreneur knows that you simply can’t always win, stick with the projects which are worth your time and show no mercy when it comes to letting go of those which are not.

Trial and error is the name of the game and, if only a handful of your projects turn out to be smashing hits, your goal is as good as reached. But what would Donald Trump do afterwards?

“Anyone who thinks my story is anywhere near over is sadly mistaken.”

Whatever goals you may have, being successful is not about the destination, it’s about the journey in itself, you have to think like a winner every step of the way. Have you reached a certain goal? Good for you, it shows you have the potential for so much more and, as such, higher goals are in order.

From setting goals to reaching them, people with a winner’s attitude make it. Think like a winner and you will become one, think like a loser and that’s what you’re going to be.