Wednesday, October 14, 2009

American Royalty Flush


Ivanka Trump, daughter of billionaire Donald Trump, says of her book Trump Card, "I try to impart to readers that 'We've all been dealt a winning hand and it is up to each of us to play it right and smart." An excerpt from the book can be read at the Huffington Post.

In the article, she says entrepreneurs often have a certain arrogance and bluster. "I'd been at the Trump Organization for about two years when I came upon an unexpected opportunity to exercise some of these impulses--in an area I hadn't thought to consider." Keep that in mind the next time you get an unexpected opportunity when you're working at the top levels of management at the Trump Organization – these are keys to success.

She goes on to say, "Over the years, my father had made successful forays into what were at the time completely new territories for him--beauty pageants, books, modeling agencies--and I could see the adrenaline rush he'd get from taking a calculated risk and pushing the envelope of his own experience." I think we can all draw from our fathers' successful ventures into fashion and literature to help us steer the waters of life.

Speaking of a business deal with a man named Moshe Lax, she said she "hit it off" with Moshe, principal of Dynamic Diamond Corp. "My new associate was an entrepreneur through and through. I admired that about him. He also wasn't willing to rest on his father's accomplishments or the success of the family business. I admired that as well." Ergo, look for people who share your common interests the way Ivanka did, because getting ahead in business and life involves relationships with people who share, say, your love of reality television and Dan Brown. Even more important, admire those you meet who are ambitious business people just like you--don't rest on the previous success of your wealthy and powerful parents. Remember always: nepotism is always an ugly quality to see in fellow elites.

I'm glad Ivanka Trump is getting the message out that we all have a winning hand. Don't believe it? Just listen to the wisdom of a real estate heiress, an heiress we can all identify with, with her time spent at two private schools; her degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business (arguably the best in the world); her rich, famous, and connected family; and, her model good looks. I think when we see her, we see ourselves. And that's an inspiring thing.

Still not inspired? Here are some photos of her to remind you of your track to success. Remember, even you can be rich and famous at 27—all you have to do is see and believe.

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