Why is Donald Trump president?
What about him resonated with the American people?
I have a theory, it goes something like this: When people buy a house, they avoid the mistakes they made on the last house. When people buy a car, they avoid the things they didn’t like about the last car. When Americans choose a president, they avoid the things they didn’t like about the last president.
The election of 2016 was surreal. Career politicians populated the field in both the Republican and Democrat parties. Their messages were almost indistinguishable from one another, with one glaring exception.
Donald J. Trump had a very simple message, America First.
Trump highlighted trade deals that sent good paying manufacturing jobs to China and Mexico while middle class Americans lost their jobs, had their taxes increased, and watched their children accumulate incredible debt to pay for college degrees in a jobless economy with no prospects in sight.
It seems that the focus of politicians over the last 30 years has been on saving the world while neglecting our own.
Our so-called leaders have our military deployed all over the planet to secure countries who are unwilling to help themselves, who are taking advantage of us in trade and immigration. The United States has become the welfare and police state for the planet. To fund our interventionist policies, America has accumulated almost 20 trillion dollars in debt, which begs the question, who is going to pay?
The American worker.
The same worker who has seen their jobs shipped overseas to countries who directly and indirectly benefit from our military spending and upside down trade policies.
American jobs are the lifeblood of our society. These jobs and the taxes generated provide funds for our churches, schools, and government. Despite these truths, the American worker has been neglected and underrepresented.
If Americans choose their president by avoiding the things they didn’t like about the last president, then Donald Trump was the answer to Barack Obama.
Obama, after inheriting one of the most difficult financial meltdowns in history, did not focus on the American worker. Instead, he first attacked the financial crisis through “stimulus” spending and then turned his attention to government run health care. Along the way he layered more regulation and taxes on American business and continued the trade policies that further put our workers at a competitive disadvantage.
Really, he wasn’t much different than the previous three presidents before him. His weakness, the thing that led to Trump, was his lack of leadership. Whatever you think of him as a person, even Obama’s supporters would not describe him as a leader.
Barack Obama was a professor, a philosopher, and a pontificator. America already had plenty of eloquent polished politicians, but this did not seem to be working. So, as we always do, we chose to avoid the characteristics of the last president and looked for something new.
The American worker needed a champion, a protector, a defender. The American worker needed a fighter.
Donald Trump is president because he is a fighter.
Life and business is a battle. This is the optimal paradigm with which to approach our work, our relationships, and our purpose for living.
Competition is not a theory. Competition is a reality. In life and in business, you must compete.
Fighting with some has a negative connotation, but I believe that fighting is neither good nor bad. No, fighting is a necessary fact of life.
Your first fights as an adult come as you compete with others to get your first job or to gain admission to the college of your choice. Competition continues as you hope to stand out in your field and to take on more responsibility. Maybe you open your own business and experience competition.
To be competitive you must first become skilled. To be skilled, you must practice. Practice, in turn, will give you confidence to engage your competitors.
What’s keeping you from becoming more skilled?
Because you don’t want to practice.
Why don’t you want to practice?
Because you are losing the toughest battle of all, the battle against the face in the mirror.
Yes, you are the biggest obstacle to your success. Building your skills and winning the daily battles of physical, spiritual, and intellectual health are holding you back.
Life is a battle, and it’s going to go on whether or not you decide to engage.
I say fight, because I believe you can win.
Decide today to join in the fight by pursuing your dreams with the attitude of a warrior, and MAKE YOURSELF GREAT AGAIN!