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“To be really successful, you have to separate yourself from 99% of the world.” Donald Trump just said this on his show, The Apprentice. How do you feel about this statement?

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      Jenni0811 wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • I believe this is how Donny Trump has operated. I think if you separate yourself from 99% of everyone else, the normal person would become too isolated to be successful. Success is always a team result....even if there are a few leaders who represent the group and accept the resulting success or failure.




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      Tuliplady wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • It sounds like it would be a horrible way to live!  I don’t measure success in $$ but in happiness.  I don’t think the donald is a very happy person.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • I think you need a team of people to help with your success...... on the other hand my toilet and sink are not lined in gold...maybe he’s onto something.....hmmmmm




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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • "To be really successful, you have to separate yourself from 99% of the world."   I need more information as to what he refers to by separate ourselves from 99% of the world.  Does it mean to work alone?  Does it mean to think differently?  Does it mean to think we are special?  

      If he means the last, yes, we ought to think we are special, different from everyone else, not to be extra arrogant or be a snob, but rather think we are special - so special and unique that no one can duplicate.




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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • depends on how you define success I guess. You do have to separate yourself from negativity, which sadly includes a majority of people... but 99 ? I have always heard 97 which I still think is a stretch. Follow the guidelines of successful people who you want to be like - not those with gold lined toilets. LOL
      Interestingly, I received an invitation in the mail yesterday to a Donald Trump University event. I think there are better trainings for me to spend my money on personally. If I had to pick, I think Ted Turner is much happier although I won’t say I want to be just like him either.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • Hmmmmm what successful person would I most like to emulate? Hmmmmm....... good pondering




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      Jenz ~ wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • I’d be willing to bet that he’s heard more than once during his professional life, “You can’t do thaaaaat.”
      (And if I personally hear that ONE more time, I may very well scream.)
      It’s unfortunate that so many people are almost automatically negative regarding another’s success, but, many are. Probably for a list of different reasons, such as, insecurity, jealousy, or maybe they‘re just set in their way of life & can’t or won’t step outside of the box.
      I agree with him.
      I’m finding myself practically being forced to do that very same thing. And it really does seem to be the only way I’ll have the success that I truly want and think about even in my sleep. I’m very glad this was posted. Thank you Jenni. I was starting to think it was just me who was wondering about that exact same statement. It really has turned out to be factual- any friends, family, or networking through those avenues doesn’t work.
      Wow.. I’m having a little- or big, revelation here. Now I can stop the procrastinating I’ve been doing over this. Thank you! happy Now to go & aim for those 1 percenters... lol




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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • Great insight Jenni.  Yes, we say “Yes I CAN!”

      There’s a will, there’s a way.




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      Daphne wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • IMO, Donald is an ass.  His duck-lips are distracting and he’s as pompous as they come.  He can’t possess enough wealth to interest me.

      I do watch the Celebrity Apprentice when i can catch it but i assure you, it ain’t for the donald.




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      Doreen XoXo wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • No better words were ever spoken Daphne...Im with you 120%!!

      xoxo




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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • I wrote a post and I guess I lost it...it’s not here.  Well..I wasn’t too successful at that was I?  LOL

      I think what Donald is saying is (in the business world) to be successful you have to make yourself stand out...be different.  That is how I take it.  For an example:  you have (3) coffee shops in one small town.  They all offer the same exact things...same prices...same everything.  Now...how are any of them going to be successful.  What makes one person go to one and not the other?  Now...if Coffee shop #1 offers free coffee with a pastry and #2 and #3 coffee shop do not...then who do you think is going to be successful.  If one shop has friendly staff working there...always ready to serve....with a smile and a thank you or remembers the customers...has small chit chat with each...and the other two do not...which do you think is going to be more successful?  

      I think he is saying...to be successful you have to set yourself apart from the others who are doing the same as you.  That is how I take it anyway.




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      Jenz ~ wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • Regardless of personality, the dude’s definitely got the ‘bank’ to show doing something correctly. The statement he made really got my attention- I wonder if it’s the leave a path, don’t follow the easy trail concept?




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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • What!!!! You don’t fine the Donald completely sexy and irresistable? that awesome comeover and colorless face????




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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • I agree Jenz...he must have something right to have what he has.  I personally don’t care for him nor do I watch the Apprentice....but you can’t argue with his bank account.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • Oh like my quote on my signature? wait where did it go?




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      Jenz ~ wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • Vikki, yes it is like your statement. (Which I like alot btw. :) )

      It’s always interesting to me how people in general act or react to confidence. Especially in the area where I live. I’d love to relocate but am unsure of where- preferrably somewhere that doesn’t have the “let’s stay home & eat & talk smack about people” mentality. haha Somewhere that’s got lots of confident people!




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      Karyn Olson wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • I don’t like Donald Trump...I think he is arrogant, rude and just plain old mean...and personally I think that’s how he’s made it as far as he has...by being that pompous ass...that’s my opinion and I am sticking to it...estatic




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      UK Girl wrote Mar 9, 2009
    • my thought on this is he is saying if you know your idea is great don’t let the negatives detract you .... isolate yourself and get on with the job and push through.

      On a personal note how anyone with the world's best Mr. Whippy  combover can be taken seriously is beyond me ... I have read it takes him around an hour to get it styled - what he must look like when it's wet and combed down must be a real sight  .......




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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 9, 2009
    • I do believe the man has some good business sense. I also believes he sometimes makes decisions based on today is his last day. No guts No glory sorta thing.
      I think you have to have aspects of these things to be successful in anything.
      How you go about treating other people is really what makes us different and can define our own personal success.




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      Poollady3 wrote Mar 9, 2009
    • Mr. Trump must be a very smart man or he would not be where he is today. I don’t understand how anyone can call him an ass or arrogant or pompous. Have you actually met with him personally?
      How can you judge the man by his looks? Do you think he shouldn’t be successful because he isn’t as handsome as you think he should be? Or does he being well-known and wealthy give you the right to say these mean things about Mr. Trump?
      Maybe you should take a good look in the mirror and see how these remarks make you look.




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      Kountrykelly wrote Mar 9, 2009
    • I watch the Apprentice but hey Donald Trump is filthy rich and he has the money to do anything he wants. But I bet he is really unhappy. Sometimes too much money can create problems and unhappiness. I wouldnt want to be isolated from the world like he thinks he should be. Isolation does not equal sucess.




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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 9, 2009
    • I don’t think he really means being literally “isolated“.  He means making yourself stand out among others who are doing the same thing you are.




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      Karyn Olson wrote Mar 9, 2009
    • Yes I called him an arrogant, rude, mean pompous ass...and I will stand by it...I have watched his shows and have seen how he treats and talks to people...just because someone is rich and can have anything in the world does not give him the right to treat and say the things he does to people...happy




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      Karyn Olson wrote Mar 9, 2009
    • Yes I did call him an arrogant, rude, mean pompous ass because that is what he is...I have watched his shows and have seen how he treats and talks to people...what gives him the right?  Just because he is rich and famous and has all the money in the world does not give him the right to treat people that way...that is just my opinion...happy

      Now...having said that...I also think...in some instances in order to be successful you have to be rude, cutthroat, aggressive and straight to the point...to get what or where you want...because if you don’t people will walk over all over you and you won’t get anywhere...after all this is a dog eat dog world.

      OOPs sorry for the double posting...




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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Mar 9, 2009
    • Ugh, Victor I just gave you tons of tips, and lost the stinkin post.
      Check out Mr. Twitter who helps you find people to follow, and www.twellow.com that is like the yellow pages for Twitter.
      If you twitter, then your followers are tweeple. :)
      I am luvmy12kids on twitter... and have a blog by the same name www.luvmy12kids.blogspot.com
      I am just barely scratching the surface of social networking, but twitter is a great tool!
      mztracy, what is your twitter name? We should all post and follow one another! Retweeting for each other is powerful. Hannah got over 100 comments when we promoted her giveaway on twitter!




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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Mar 9, 2009
    • how did that post here, instead of the twitter question???




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