Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life

By Donald J. Trump, Meredith McIver

1,295 ratings - 3.81* vote

Over the years, Donald Trump has written many bestselling books, and he has also written short pieces that summarize his singularly successful tenets on how to live the good life, both personally and professionally. These have been personally selected by Donald Trump for this book, giving his special perspective in what amounts to an “informal education” on how to succeed Over the years, Donald Trump has written many bestselling books, and he has also written short pieces that summarize

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Book details

Hardcover, 198 pages
April 1st 2009 by Vanguard Press

(first published January 1st 2009)

Original Title
Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education In Business and Life
1593155301 (ISBN13: 9781593155308)
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I see this book as another step in the path I began with Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now. Each book is full of enthusiasm for passion, innovation, and discovery. Each champions humility, curiosity, and new beginnings. The love of mystery that keeps us exploring, a healthy sense of wonder, the specialness of each day. Reaching your authentic best by living in the present, taking responsibility for your own fate, pursuing an unrestricted life. True success is freedom, which means finding your own path, setting your own standards, choosing your own purpose. Enjoying what you do and sharing that conviction, no matter what it happens to be.

However, the Trump book's focus is also on the hard work, dedication, and steady pursuit of progress necessary to bring about one's dreams, which is an important distinction. To “think big” means to read widely, pay attention to new developments, and learn to think on your feet. And so he appeals more to our shared capacity for reason, preparation, and knowledge of our craft, showing how these ingredients for a successful life are essentially the same for artists and entrepreneurs alike. Success can be a lot of different things, achievement is ultimately a very personal concept, and in the end it's our independence and integrity that makes it meaningful.

I'm often inspired by New Spirituality or self-help books but not quite sure how to implement those insights each day in an ongoing way. And the tendency to be self-obsessed is not necessarily in my best interests. I like the wisdom of this book's basic attitude: “Take your work seriously, take yourself less seriously.” Here is a book that invokes and I believe successfully applies Emerson, Einstein, Confucius, Thoreau, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, and others, but in the name of being more personable on the job, realistic about the ways of business, and mindful of the ways that genius is achieved and maintained through constant effort, openness to new ideas, and always setting new challenges so as to keep growing.

At the same time I'm wary of the narrow, workaholic mentality. Of the ever-occupied mind. Of the personal sacrifices that are ultimately required in the name of professionalism and positive thinking. And of bad taste. Also I think there's room for growth not covered here. Those areas where concerted effort can actually preclude the satisfaction of one's aims. For example I suspect that vulnerability, intimacy, and emotional depth are the kinds of things that aren't built up like a building or a bank account, and which take a special form of surrender to achieve and maintain.

But then I realize the writing here also has confidence that its readers are interested in bettering themselves – why else would they be reading his book? And since my interest is the personal / spiritual / existential journey, what I receive from Think Like a Champion is validation of those passions, encouragement to keep doing that which drives me, and with even more of my energies and resources this time. (Although the book's advice to diversify one's economic portfolio will continue to elude me.)

So I'm glad for this book. I have a lot to learn about working with a team while simultaneously developing a healthy mistrust of others. And often it's my own fears that keep me from taking risks, accepting responsibility, or being successful. Trump's books offer page after page of practical, commonsense advice which has been very helpful for me in terms of overcoming obstacles at work and in life. I'm reassured by his long experience with mistakes and failures as a natural and necessary aspect of growth, by his faith in the power of stubborn persistence, and the wisdom of minding every last detail of a project.

Trump's books are quick to point out that something worth doing is worth doing right. Also the style is a great lesson in itself – straight and simple; direct and blunt; thoughts, words, and actions aligned; focused on finding areas of agreement in the name of moving forward.


After reading just a few pages, I could not continue.The compilation of interesting but irrelevant information is a poor excuse of a book.It was as exciting as randomly opening up an encyclopedia that had a few details about Trumps life in each entry.


Trump comes across as a gruff, New Yorker, businessman version of Dale Carnegie, providing business and life advice much like you'd expect in a self-help book. The advice was pretty common for these types of books, of which I've read dozens. I liked that this was a collection of short writeups, like newspaper columns, that held together loosely, often based on something that happened on 'The Apprentice' or in business. You got the feel of the author here, and it's not how the "news" portrays him. The first essay was unexpectedly very positive toward Obama, for instance. Overall, a nice motivational read from a larger-than-life personality, written in the middle of his run on 'The Apprentice'.

Catherine White

Of himself Trump says, people like me because I'm blunt, people dislike me because I'm blunt. That direct communication style works for him as he writes simply, with great self belief and without redundancy.

Each chapter is full of great insights into the philosophy and mindset of one who could very well be the future President of the United States. (I'm not interested in what others think of Donald Trump, I'll make up my own mind on that score.)

However, his writing in "Think Like a Champion" is a great source of inspiration at a time when I need a successful business role model.

Well worth the investment of my time and a book I highly recommend to anyone establishing a new endeavor. A business tool I'll be referring to over an over till I get it for myself.


Self-aggrandizing drivel

Marts (Thinker)

Simple, straightforward...

Benjamin Bastian

I highly recommend this book regardless your political standing. It makes you want to become and do everything you can possibly achieve.

Carlton Duff

I finish this book as Trump’s letter to the leader of Turkey has gone public and is receiving world wide ridicule...we are living in the Twilight Zone.Dear extraterrestrials. Send help.

Kay Kim

My motivation was that he became a U.S. president. I first read 'make America Great again', it didn't deviate much from his recent videos on Youtube.

This book 'think like a champion' is a much better book compared to above, and may also be a great self-help book, and it offers some perspective onto Donald Trump's personal values. He sounds like a great person in this book, whereas in his book 'art of deal', I got an impression that he is nasty and unforgiving.

Andrew Leuper

A great, inspirational and practical book that I plan to purchase for my 13-year-old. The Donald speaks in very short sentences but that belies his grasp of what 19s important and his ability to communicate it to those willing to listen. This series of essays covers everything important in how to approach your working life.