July 25, 2021

Favorite Quotes from Trump: The Art of the Deal

Don’t know anything about this guy in person. Never met him. Definitely has some controversial views. His book kinda sucked. The whole book was a dude stroking his ego the entire time but there were some good quotes. He should have taken some advice from Caesar and only referred to himself in the third person.

  1. He is really good at reframing. Almost to a pathological level. If you want to be a good negotiator do this If someone asks me what negative effects the world’s tallest building might have on the West Side, I turn the tables and talk about how New Yorkers deserve the world’s tallest building, and what a boost it will give the city to have that honor again. When a reporter asks why I only build for the rich, I note that the rich aren’t the only ones benefiting. I put thousands of workers to the city’s tax base w/ each of my projects. I also promote bravado. I play to people’s fantasies and emotions. Not their logic. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get excited by those who do. That’s why a littler hyperbole never hurts. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration and a very effective form of promotion”

  2. I admire this quote a lot but from the outside looking in he doesn’t strike me as a person who would say something like this. Maybe his ghostwriter wrote it. Life is very fragile, and success doesn’t change that. If anything, success makes it more fragile. Anything can change, w/o warning, and that’s why I try not to take too much of it seriously. Money was never a big motivation for me except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game. I don’t spend a lot of time wondering about what could of happened if this happened or what I should have done differently”

  3. Low IQ people don’t get this It’s not how many hours you put in, it is what you get done while you’re working”

  4. Common adage. Controversy sells. Good publicity is preferable to bad, but from a bottom-line perspective, bad publicity is sometimes better than no publicity at all.”

  5. Good advice in general. Never act on an impulse - even if its a good one- without considering the down side.”

  6. Don’t know much about rent control but this was just interesting to me Rent Control is a disaster for all but the prevailed minority who were protected by it. Rent control is responsible for the desperate housing crisis that has plagued NYC for the past twenty years. Began as a temporary federal policy. The government froze rent prices on every apartment in America to provide affordable housing to returning veterans. This was in 1943 so after world war II, (WW1 ended in 1918). This law was rescinded but in 1962’s NY put into place its own form of rent control. It said any dwelling built before 1947 was subject to rent control. But the city didn’t underwrite it, so they forced landlords to subsidize tenants. When landlords couldn’t keep up with rising costs, they abandoned the housings.”

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