I am a huge proponent of learning through adversity, you should be too. President Trump is continually making the wrong types of headlines for some of the population and the right type of headlines for another portion of the population. Isn’t it that way for all presidents?
What’s so different with this President? Is it the fact that he is brash and arrogant and we know that because of his time as a celebrity in the public eye? Is it the fact that he’s not the most eloquent speaker? President Trump’s presidency will have a lot of similarities with President Obama’s presidency and here’s why:
The disdain and love expressed for Trump (and Obama before him) is only in our face and our consciousness because of social media.
Social media put the Jim Crow attitudes that many people still have in the 70s, 80s, and 90s in your timeline during President Obama’s tenure. Now President Trump will get a lot more backlash from the liberals, democrats, and people that just read political headlines because everybody can express their discontent with the President.
With all that being said this is not a political commentary blog, this is a blog about how leadership and diversity can intersect and change generations. Let’s learn from our sitting president and apply what we learn to make the world better. Here are 5 things we can learn from President Trump:
(1) Facts don’t matter more than money & influence.
Lesson number on is a tough lesson. I don’t care if you are a Trump supporter or not, there’s no way he should be the president of the United States other than the fact he’s white, rich, and powerful. He’s loud, brash, politically incorrect, has no political experience, he’s not a particularly handsome guy, and he doesn’t have the profile (1 wife, children, a dog, political pedigree etc.) Those things are true, but what matters more than those facts is the fact that he’s got a lot of money and he’s got power. The takeaway from this one is that life isn’t fair and sometimes people get things they don’t deserve because they have money. This is a can’t beat them join them type of response, you can get a lot done if you have rich and powerful friends.
(2) If you want to sell something to someone speak their language and share their worldview.
I hope my bias is evident, I don’t like President Trump. It’s laughable to me that he’s the president, but I respect the heck out of him and his team. He just became the POTUS!??! The dude from Celebrity Apprentice?? The owner of Trump Towers?? The dude who is on record disrespecting women, the handicap, and others?? Here’s why I respect him though, he spoke the language of those that shared his worldview because he knew if he appealed to them he had a chance to win. Why does this matter to us? It matters because as leaders we need to learn to do the same thing. Too many times we try to get people to change their minds to align with our values and goals. Don’t do that. Find people that already have their minds aligned with your values and goals and simply join with them.
(3) When you get on, put everybody on.
Many people question President Trump’s appointments such as Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, and others. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t question his decisions all I am saying is when you get put into a position of power be very strategic about who you put on and why. I don’t know why the POTUS chose some of his appointments, but I guarantee it has a direct benefit to him and his goals. When you get on, put everybody on that can help you. Is this showing favoritism? Yes. Is it a form of nepotism? Maybe. Start building your team now and lift as you climb.
(4) You’re probably thinking too small.
I will say it again for impact purposes, Donald Horatio Buchanan Trump Jr. (not his real name I know) is the POTUS. It’s insane. Essentially this dude is the leader of the free world and arguably one of the most powerful men in the world. If he can do that odds are you (myself included) are thinking too small. Couldn’t run for mayor? Couldn’t you start your own business? Couldn’t you start a family and live off of one income? Couldn’t you become an internet celebrity? An astronaut? Be strategic about your goals and make sure as you build an income you build connections and influence. You can do more.
(5) There’s no such thing as bad publicity.
If and only if it’s on a grand scale. Brian Tracy said the more people that know you in a favorable way the more successful you will become. I will amend that statement and say this: If a whole lot of people know about you, you can be successful in anything. The saying only works if you are doing things on a grand scale. My dad once told me that if I ever wanted to commit a crime that I should go big or don’t do it at all. He said something to this effect: “Don’t rob a convenience store, rob a casino.” Now of course my dad was joking (at least I think he was), but white collar crimes usually carry a lighter sentence than blue collar crimes. What am I really saying? Whatever it is you desire to do, do it in such a way that you open yourself up to a ton of scrutiny. If people aren’t saying negative things about you, you’re probably not doing much.
Follow our President’s lead, go shake up the world!