First off, this is in no way an endorsement of Donald Trump's new book (unless you're in need of a good gag gift), which you may have seen ads for on this very site, but the quiz the Don's included, to determine whether or not you're primed and ready for success? Magical. All I'm saying is, take it, so we can share our results together (* denote my pick. I scored a 25 and apparently "need a major attitude overhaul." Now you go). Also, tell me if you think the option to answer "I love my spouse, and I do not want it to end, but I signed a prenuptial agreement to protect my finances in case it does" to question fifteen has any sort of significance to the author. Begin.
1. How much money do you want to have in five years?
a. $100,000 to $249,999.
b. $250,000 to $499,999.
c. $500,000 to $4,999,999.
d. $5 million or more. (* lay it on me)
2. What is your financial dream?
a. Winning the lottery. (* he said "dream")
b. Getting a good job with health benefits, a 401(k), and three weeks vacation.
c. Owning my own home.
d. Having unlimited passive income from a business and/or real estate holdings or other investments.
3. Which statement best describes your financial situation?
a. I am very satisfied with where I am financially.
b. I am somewhat satisfied with where I am financially.
c. I am unsatisfied but feel hopeless. (*maybe 'lazy' more so than 'hopeless')
d. My financial situation is completely unsatisfactory. I want much more.
4. How much time do you spend each day building your wealth?
a. Less than half an hour. (*this one was confusing-- are the normal workday hours included? Either way, 'a.')
b. Half an hour to one hour.
c. One hour to two hours.
d. Two hours or more.
5. How much money do you spend on business, financial education, and training?
a. Less than $100 per year. (*)
b. $100 to $499 per year.
c. $500 to $1,199 per year.
d. More than $1,200 per year.
6. What do you do when you are faced with a difficult problem?
a. Ignore it and hope it will go away. (*)
b. Complain to my friends and family.
c. Turn it over to someone else to worry about.
d. Brainstorm until I find a creative solution.
7. What is your attitude toward work?
a. It is drudgery. I hate my job. (* Confidentially, I've been getting calls from recruiters)
b. I do not mind work, but I wish I were doing something else.
c. Work is okay. I have to work to get paid.
d. I love to work. It is exhilarating and fun.
8. What would you do if you lost your job or source of income?
a. Save money by moving in with friends or family and collect unemployment insurance.
b. Go back to school for retraining.
c. Find a new job.
d. Start my own company. (*)
9. Which statement best describes your energy and concentration level?
a. I barely have enough energy to get through the day. (* please send drugs to 262 Mott Street, 102A, or pick some place we can meet for a discreet exchange of controlled substance and gratitude)
b. I work hard for a while, and then I run out of steam and coast through the rest of the day.
c. I can work hard for eight hours.
d. I am a blaze of energy, and I never get tired when I am doing something I enjoy.
10. Which best describes your reaction when someone tells you that you can't do something?
a. I give up and sit around feeling sorry for myself.
b. I lose my temper and throw a tantrum. (* then i give up and sit around feeling sorry for myself)
c. I give it another try.
d. I get energized, and will not give up until I get what I want.
11. You have an important decision to make and you do not know what to do. Which statement best describes your decision-making process?
a. I watch a lot of TV. (* mostly Fox Business)
b. I talk to all my friends to see what they would do.
c. I analyze the situation logically and do what seems to make the most sense.
d. I trust my gut instincts after doing b and c.
12. What is your attitude toward people? (*my answer, 'they suck,' is not offered. I chose it anyway and awarded myself 0 points for this one)
a. I believe people are generally good and would never lie, cheat, or steal from me.
b. I surround myself with people who look up to me, even if they are not the best qualified.
c. I hire the best people and trust them to do a good job.
d. I hire the best people and treat them professionally, but I watch them like a hawk.
13. When someone intentionally harms you or your reputation, how do you react?
a. I get very depressed and wonder why they do not like me.
b. I let it go. Why cause a stir?
c. I confront them and ask them why they did what they did.
d. I strike back, doing the same thing to them only ten times worse. (*)
14. You are "on a roll" and everything seems to be going your way. What do you do now? (*play dead, 0 points)
a. Take time off to go on vacation.
b. Maintain the status quo.
c. Start dabbling in another business or another career.
d. Stay involved and focused on my main business or career, driving it to new heights.
15. What is your attitude toward the business of being in a marriage?
a. My spouse and I love each other, and we would never get a divorce. (*)
b. I believe my spouse loves me and even if we split, things would end amicably.
c. Divorce is a possibility. I do not want to think about it now.
d. I love my spouse, and I do not want it to end, but I signed a prenuptial agreement to protect my finances in case it does.
Now, tally up your score. Count up the number of a's, b's, c's, and d's. Give yourself 1 point for every a, 2 points for every b, 3 points for every c, and 4 points for every d.
15-25: Poor. You need a major attitude overhaul.
26-35: Average. You need to kick-start your attitude into high gear.
36-45: Good. You have potential but need to improve.
46-60: Excellent. You are ready for the big leagues. Let it rip!