Because of the 2016 presidential election in the United States, people will know Donald Trump as a world leader. But, long before this time in history, he was a very driven businessman, son of a rich father who achieved his fortune by investing in public housing projects in New York.
Donald attended New York Military Academy for his high school years and then received an economics degree from the Wharton School of Business. And while his father’s business ventures were in Queens and Brooklyn, Donald’s business interests were in Manhattan.
He appears to have always had the brash, confident exterior he’s recognized for, believing he was capable of accomplishing whatever he put his mind to. Growing up, his family’s pastor was Norman Vincent Peale, the man who wrote the book titled The Power of Positive Thinking, and this book’s ideas seem to have had a strong influence on the man that didn’t let things stand in his way.
And he had not been afraid to undertake big things or be in the limelight. One could argue that his objective seemed to actually be in the limelight. He took on flashy, successful projects that had a front-row audience in Manhattan: The Hyatt Hotel, for example, or The Trump Tower. Later he’d take on the ice skating rink in Central Park, a project that just wasn’t getting done. When he got involved? The project was completed within 6 months and came in $750,000 under budget to boot.
After several projects in Manhattan, he turned his focus to Atlantic City, developing Trump Plaza and Trump Castle, casino resort ventures that became well-known and went far. He even attempted business in the airfare industry with Trump Airlines, though that endeavor tanked fairly quickly, getting through only a little over a year.
While he’s known as a businessman, he’s also an author, too. His book, The Art of the Deal, became a bestseller and a vehicle for sharing his business principles with others. He has said that it’s his second favorite book (he claims his first favorite is the Bible).
Apparently, when asked in October 1980 if he’d ever like to be president of the United States, he replied, “I really don’t believe I would. I would … commit my life to this country, but I view it as being a mean life, and I also see it as somebody with strong views and somebody with the sort of views that … may be a little bit unpopular– which may be right, but may be unpopular– wouldn’t really have a chance of getting elected against somebody with a big smile but no great brain, and that’s a sad comments for the political process.” 36 years later, however, he not only campaigned president, but he succeeded, and sometimes it’s exciting to know a little more about someone who is in the public spotlight.
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