What kind of childhood did Donald have?
His mother Mary, born to crofters on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, raised her children in the church of Norman Vincent Peale, a minister who preached that ambition was godly. “Learn to pray big prayers,” he said. “God will rate you according to the size of your prayers.” Donald, the fourth of five children, was a difficult child. He punched a music teacher “because I didn’t think he knew anything about music”, and was sent to a military boarding school. This gave him the feeling that he “was in the military in a true sense”, although he actually avoided the Vietnam draft, first to study real estate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of business, and then on medical grounds; he had “bone spurs” on his heels, which healed up “over a period of time”.
How did he start in business?