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Career Advice from Donald Trump

Career Advice from Donald Trump
Donald Trump's career advice includes keeping your ego in check. / Credit: Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com

He may be best known for yelling "You're fired!" at contestants on his infamous reality show, "The Apprentice," but Donald Trump is one of the world's most famous entrepreneurs. The real estate mogul has been in business for more than 40 years, and when he's not making television appearances and considering running for president, he's busy writing books on entrepreneurship and sharing his career wisdom with the world.  

Whether you're just starting out in your career or you're a seasoned business owner, here are five important tips for success from Donald Trump.

1. Be passionate.

"You have to love what you're doing," Trump said in an interview with AOL Jobs. Trump attributes much of his success to his passion for real estate, and that's a quality that is important in any career path. No matter what you're doing, the way to stand out as an employee or employer is to be invested in your job. "Be passionate about your work — never let it become just a job," Trump said. When you love what you do, the quality of your work can only improve.

2. Learn from others.

While your intelligence and skill set play a huge role in your success, you should also take the time to learn from your peers. "You can learn a lot from other people's successes and mistakes, and I really think that there is a combination — you definitely need a combination of both," Trump said in an interview with Forbes. It's important to keep up with your competition, see what works and what doesn't, and use those observations to adapt and improve your skills and strategies.

3. Be a problem-solver.

Conflicts can arise in even the best work environments, so problem-solving skills can help you succeed. The key to effective problem-solving lies in staying calm and optimistic, and always looking at the big picture. "When I had troubles in the '90s, I decided to deal with the situation by seeing it as a blip and not a catastrophe. I also focused on the solution, and not the problem," Trump told AOL Jobs. [7 Unique & Creative Résumé Design Ideas ]

4. Balance confidence with humility.

Want to stand out in the job market? "Exude confidence. If you know what you're doing, that should be easy," Trump told AOL Jobs. While confidence is necessary, modesty is equally important. "Don't brag too much. It can be taken the wrong way. Being confident doesn't have to include too many of your greatest accomplishments," Trump added. This is great advice for people at any career level, but it's especially important during the job interview process. Make it clear to your interviewer that you're enthusiastic and capable, but don't list all of your successes. Keep your ego at bay, and let your résumé do the talking.

5. Don't give up.

The most important thing you can do in any stage of your career is to keep trying. While outside factors may lead to hurdles, your potential for success ultimately rests in your hands. "I've seen people that are extremely brilliant and they don't have the staying power. They don't have that never-give-up quality. I've always said that other than bad ideas — which is a reason for failure — the ability to never, ever quit or give up is something that is very, very important for success as an entrepreneur,” Trump told Forbes.

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