Personal Lessons From Donald Trump’s Victory
“For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and help so that we can work together and unify our great country” Trump said doing his speech after a stunning victory in the white house race.
To a lot of people, this was an unexpected win; and if you were like me that bet a huge amount of money on Hilary-then you will understand better.
How is he even the president? I mean, the odds were against him! From the daily electoral poll to most republicans rejecting him as a candidate, it was close to impossible for him to have won-but he did.
So when the dust had settled, and I’d mourn my lost bet, I allowed myself to reflect on the lessons I could learn from this campaign. So let’s take another look at Trump’s journey to presidency and see the lessons we could pick from it.
Starting from when Donald trump announced his intention to run for the presidential office June 16, 2015, he had a lot of ‘haters’ ranging from most people who felt he lacked governmental or military experience, to Hollywood who saw him as a loud and arrogant man unfit to rule America.
On June 2015, Roselyn Sanchez and Cristian De La Fuente refused to host the USA pageant after Trump’s rude statement about Mexican immigrants in America. On July 19, 2016, Trump emerged as the republican candidate for presidency against all odds and predictions that he won’t succeed. Even after winning the primaries, Donald Trump still had a trail of controversy and haters that followed him throughout the campaign. From most celebrities publicly rejecting him as a candidate and threatening to leave USA if he was ever elected president (which they are yet to do though), to the media exposing his ‘public laundries’, one would think he would take the hint and just give up.
Just days before the election, more than 30 former Republican members of congress issued an open letter announcing their opposition to Donald trump and urging their fellow Republicans to do the same. According to the group, Donald Trump’s “disgraceful candidacy was indefensible”. The day I heard this, I was convinced that he would lose, but he didn’t and he is now the 45th president of the United State of America.
Lesson learnt –desire backed by faith outwits reasoning /facts. Believe when I say that trump would not have kept going if his desire for the presidency was not as strong as his faith in himself. When I meet people who are confused on how to start up in life, I emphasize on self confidence because it is the first step to greatness. If you are someone who allows what people think of you to define you, you would not go far in life, because you would always meet people that will tell you are not good enough. So like trump, we must learn to believe in ourselves even when others don’t.
Remember- faith is the only antidote to fear
Life’s victories always go to those who persevere to the end. Perseverance is a virtue we must develop. This is because you will meet people and events that will test your confidence in yourself. Perseverance is not developed by reading books or wishful thinking; it is a character we develop when we rise from every fall we experience in life. That’s the reason why we should not be afraid of making mistakes, or getting hurt, because it builds in us strong character. If you’ve studied the life of Donald trump like I have, you will know that he experienced some challenges in his business and investments that tested his faith in himself, but he rose above them and by doing so, developed this virtue called perseverance.
So let’s learn to believe in ourselves and persevere at all times, because at the end of the day what matters is not what people say or believe about you, but the beliefs you have allowed to define you.