Book review: The Art of the Deal

Some business books try to systematize a method of success, as if to say, “This is how I did it. Here’s how you can break it down into these 4 steps to do it yourself.”

Other books just lay it on the table as if to say, “This is how I did it. That’s all you need to know.”

Trump’s classic The Art of the Deal falls into that second category. It should be read by entrepreneurs … but not to learn anything about running a business; simply for a good read. In classic, unabashed “Donald” style, Trump lays out his successes for all the world to (in his opinion) admire and drool over. Surprisingly, I found the book almost inspiring in spite of the “look how amazing I am” attitude that threads through it.

I don’t want to be like Donald when it comes to self-proclamation or my hair, but I do admire his gutsy “I don’t care what the other guy thinks” approach to success.