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.

48 thoughts on “What Bloggers Can Learn From Donald Trump”

  1. Great post, Alan. If it weren’t for guest posts it would have been a wasted week here on JohnChow.com.

    1. Shaun Carter says:

      Your whining gets very tiresome Ben.

      1. John Chow says:

        It’s all part of his experiment.

        1. At least you update your blog daily, John. :mrgreen:

          He’s too busy in his lab to do that 😆

        2. Ben Pei says:

          LOL at that..

          Ben Pei’s last blog post: Ben Pei Visits Japan

  2. Great read there Alan, and the contest is looks like it is going to turn out good for you!


  3. Kabatology says:

    In other words – It is easy to create a job, but it is much more difficult to make a salary out of it. 😀

  4. I would think you could also say; “It’s Better To Work Smarter and Not Harder”.

    Thanks for the input.

    1. Ben Pei says:

      Yup totally agreeable to this phrase..

      Ben Pei’s last blog post: Ben Pei Visits Japan

  5. rick says:

    Great post, would digg it if I could 😀 and It all makes so much sense.

  6. I thank you for this concise post, because reading one of Trump’s books is just a bit much to handle in a single sitting.

    1. David Chew says:

      That is very useful post from this blog.

  7. Buy Website says:

    After listening to “Why We Want You To Be Rich” I purchased 4 more of Donald’s books. Great stuff. His latest is very motivational!


  8. Patrick says:

    What an awesome post….and I can just picture the Donald saying “You’re fired!”

    But seriously, there is a lot of wisdom in there. I appreciate the dose of inspiration for the day.

  9. Donald Trump is wrong.

    You CAN have all of the wisdom and knowledge required to make your business thrive. I agree that its not possible to aquire it all on your own in one lifetime BUT… how much did your ancestors pass on to to the next generation in your family? How much do you know about say… even your great grandfather?

    I’ve been thoroughly blessed with an extremely large and world traveling family and I can guarantee you that if you pay close attention to an entire families worth of experiences… you CAN amass enough knowledge. I have and in a year from today… you’ll believe me.

    Your post did one thing for me, I’ve decided to write a somewhat unique bio page for my personal site that shows the true importance of knowing all of your family members experiences. For that I thank you Allen Johnson.

  10. Will says:


    Sounds like some of the people commenting need to stop thinking small like “I hope mom doesn’t come downstairs”.

  11. Those are some really great points there Alan. An advice worth to be bookmarked.

  12. Great post Alan. The headline really caught my eye, and I think you made an interesting connection. I’ll head over to your blog to check out the contest.

    Keep up the good work,
    Hafiz Dhanani

  13. Will says:

    I agree with thinking big. It’s what guides my creation process.

  14. ViralKing says:

    Great Post, not sure I agree with everything Mr. Trump has to say though, but he rolls big and losses big but his wins are big too 😉

  15. Melvin says:

    Wow, donald trump…. Can we really learn eh?


  16. Alan Johnson says:

    Hi there everyone, glad you’ve found the guest post useful, it’s always great to see others appreciating your work. Be sure to head on over to my blog and look into the contest as well, there are a few more than tempting prizes to be won 🙂

    Best wishes,

    Alan Johnson

  17. lazar says:

    You missed to mention one thing. Donald Trump does not do blogging!

    1. Alan Johnson says:

      As a blogger or any other kind of online entrepreneur, listening to people worth learning a thing or two from as far as making money is concerned never hurts. After all, a billionaire’s experience is always worth taking into consideration, wouldn’t you say? 🙂

      Alan Johnson

  18. Anna says:

    Hey John,
    I saw the article about you in Entrepreneur (congrats!!!) and have been logging on to your website ever since. I’m a jewelry designer and an avid traveller. Thinking about starting a blog but:
    – I’m afraid if I can manage to post often
    – how is it possible to get into affiliate marketing stuff if it’s not me who designs the site? Would I have to ask the designer all the time?
    I would really appreciate any feedback.



  19. alanj878 says:

    Yah personal devleopment people this is a real good message but o make this message even better would be if everyone who read this post applied the thinkin big concept to their business. Because Alan Johnson ( which is also my name ) puts a lotta of effort in his blog. Also on about 6 or more blogs he is top commenter because I read a lot of making money online blogs and comment too. I think for the moment right now he is the most active guy on the blogsphere and I hope I can catch him since we have the same name.

    1. Alan Johnson says:

      Indeed, I always believe in giving it 110%, thank you for your comment and be sure to check out my contest, I’m offering some more than tempting prizes to my readers 🙂

      Alan Johnson

  20. rodel says:

    “its about the journer” exactly allan…
    it’s not about what you make and how small or big u’ve accoplished but rather the process you’ve been through.. 😉

  21. Mike Huang says:

    Wow! This is my read of the day 🙂 Keep up the good work!


  22. Joshua says:

    Should have slipped an affiliate link in there. 😈

    I just finished Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life (by Donald Trump and Bill Zanker) and I think he’s definitely got some advice worth reading.

    If you’re lacking a tough business edge, check it out!

  23. Starboykb says:

    Wow this is a good post. What Donald said in his line is worth keeping it. Simply love his shows and listen his two word. “You Fired!” 🙂

  24. Does Donald Trump like sushi??

    I was disappointed not seeing his favorite dish.

  25. darchik.com says:

    cool 🙂
    no new for me. 🙂 just some words. 🙂

  26. Very nice post Alan!

  27. Bruce Cat says:

    Great post Alan! I’ll enter your contest soon 🙂

  28. Mitch Drew says:

    I’ve been reading and buying into the Donald Trump school for a while now. His blog at Trump U is cool.

    Good post.

  29. CatherineL says:

    It’s also good to visualise stuff you would like like to do when looking at that ten year picture – not just the material things you want to have. If you’ve bought things before – you’ll know how quickly the novelty of material things wears off.

    You make great points – especially the one about those who think they know it all. “I know” is one of the most negative things we can say because it prevents us from learning new things.

  30. Yes really great. Let me see how it works. Thank you for the information.

  31. 1MansMoney says:

    I love reading The Donald’s advice.


  32. Im a little scared of Alan Johnson. Every single blog I go on he is the top commenter.

  33. Chip says:

    I hate reading what other people do to earn money. And how confident they are. Except for John Chow, of course.

  34. work at home says:

    You are right John, It all depends on you and no one else. You set the goals now achieve them. When something don’t work then rescan yourself to see what fits better. The rich thinks big, and that’s just what you have to do in order to get there.

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