In the 2-hour CELEBRITY APPRENTICE aired the week of the Super Bowl last year, the actor from The Sopranos wimped out, quit, and went home, unable to handle the stress of the in-fighting and the competition.
He asked Trump a question and couldn’t understand Trump’s answer. He complained about the war-like atmosphere, it not good for his health, and asked Trump:
“Surely you don’t get up every morning and fight like this, do you?”
Trump was as confounded by the question as the actor was by Trump’s answer. Trump said:
“My whole life is a war. Everyday I get up and go to war.”
This is the reality of entrepreneurial life. We get up every morning and go to war. We are at war with the coalition of the ignorant, incompetent and unwilling (i.e. the overwhelming majority of people around us).
At war with vendors, suppliers, staff and others who lack our urgency, a global conspiracy to slow us down. At war with government and business bureaucrats’ roadblocks. At war with the world. Even at war with ourselves, our own emotional baggage, our own self-sabotaging behaviors.
If you can’t handle this, you simply aren’t prepared to be an entrepreneur. In fact, you need to relish it.
The successful small business owners I know go to war daily with big swords, small shields, and joy for the competition with self, others and circumstance, deriving immense satisfaction from getting things done others can’t at speeds others won’t against opposition others would crumble confronting.
We may complain, but we – deep inside – like the fight. And the superiority.
As a side note, consider the actor who quit, and consider Trump. Look at them. The quitter is fat, very fat, revealing a lack of self-discipline, a lack of personal pride, and a handicap when it comes to physical stamina.
I’m embarrassed to say I lugged around 240 to 245 for a few years, and I can assure you, even on a 6’4” frame, it wears one down, slows one down, slows even your thinking.
Trump is in pretty darned good shape. The quitter whined. The quitter was indecisive. I have never seen and can’t imagine Trump whining.
Remember, the key point above all others that I make about successful small business marketers and entrepreneurs, their peak performance, their peak success is – it’s about behavior.
This is why Napoleon Hill didn’t list ‘desire’ as one of the 17 factors; he listed burning desire.
Everybody wants to win. Hardly anybody has the will to win. Almost everybody asks for things. Hardly anybody stands ground and refuses to take ‘no’ for an answer, as did that little girl in ‘Think And Grow Rich.’
The summation of war isn’t written “ to those who try…” or “to those who work hard…” or “to those who think happy thoughts”…or “to those who deserve nice things”….it is “to the victor, go the spoils.”
Contrary to the psycho-silly no grades, everybody’s equal pablum being fed to babies all the way through college, on the business battlefield in the real world, there are – everyday – victors and defeated.
The victors feast on game and wine near the fireplace in the castle, the losers huddle in the cold, wet woods and subsist on grubs and brackish creek water.
As it has always been.
As it is supposed to be.
As it always will be.
Remarkably, the invitation to join those in the castle is always open to any warrior adopting the mindset and behaviors of the victor. No one is barred. All are welcome.