It’s always important to concentrate on what can be gained in a situation, rather than harp on the injustice of it all.
While many are still licking their wounds over the presidential election, I’ve moved on by deciding to focus my attention on the things I’ve learned from Trump’s presidency thus far.
It’s no easy feat finding positives in a seemingly negative situation, but somebody’s got to do it, and today that somebody is me.
Here are 4 lemonade epiphanies made from a batch of the sourest lemons I could find:
Find – And Keep – Your Tribe
I’m sure everyone’s heard this quote before. There’s no shortage of the saying on social media – complete with inauthentic indigenous tribal images to match. But perhaps, this point has never been driven home quite as successfully as he did during his campaign.
If living this quote were a Pinterest project, he could unequivocally post a big ‘nailed it’ over his upload.
True, his image might be the messy, nasty, unappealing version… but it equated to a win anyway. Though he didn’t receive the popular vote, his message spoke directly to the people it was intended for.
Did his commentary seem ugly, hateful, and pessimistic at times? Sure did! But in the end, none of that mattered. He found his tribe and that was enough.
If that’s not a takeaway then I don’t know what is.
No matter what it is (business, life, creative ventures, etc.) we have to align ourselves with like-minded people who buy into our vision.
Nothing you do will please everybody, but stay true to who you are and the people your message resonates with will definitely show up.
Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams
He first considered running for President in 1987. However, it wasn’t until 2000 that he officially threw his hat into the ring in as a Reform Party Candidate. See where I’m going here?
It took him 30 years to see his dream to fruition.
I don’t know about you, but admittedly, I sometimes get discouraged when things don’t go as planned after a couple of months; if I’ve given it any real, genuine effort. 30 years is a long time to wait, but just because it seems like your dream is on “hold”, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t attainable.
As the old saying goes, doubt has killed more dreams than failure ever could.
Go get what’s yours!
Drive Sometimes Trumps Experience
When he first began his presidential campaign, there were very few people who took him seriously. The general consensus was that he didn’t stand a chance.
And why would he? He didn’t have any experience.
In the beginning, one would be hard pressed to find somebody reputable to endorse him. Even members of his own party spoke out against him. Nevertheless, he created a hot tagline and ran with it.
By the time it was all said and done, there wasn’t a person in the United States who hadn’t heard the slogan: ‘Make America Great Again’.
Whether you were chomping at the bit for the country to return to its former glory, or scratching your head with confusion about what the phrase really meant, at some point the saying ran across your mind like a streaker with a ridiculously dimpled butt.
Momentum increased, and pretty soon, the whole experience argument was swept under the rug.
Besides, who needs expertise when what folks were really seeking was something different? *Groans*
Indisputably, this whole concept could have been pretty disheartening had I not used it as an opportunity to update my resume and my confidence.
Seriously, for the past few months, I’ve been applying for anything that seems halfway interesting.
Who cares if I don’t have experience, right?
If it doesn’t require any real know-how to run the country, I might as well try my hand at these little Fortune 500 companies. I am definitely trying to make my pockets great again.
Even if you’re not quite ready to take on the career world with the idea, the fact remains that there are times when drive beats out experience.
Why not see where that concept takes you?
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who perhaps, maybe, kinda, possibly allowed local and state elections to slip under the radar.
With so many things already on my plate, keeping up with every proposal and ain’t-gonna-do-nothing-to-help-anyway candidate on the ballot often seems like more work than it’s worth.
But often, those seemingly insignificant elections can turn out to be bigger than what we ever imagined.
Are you following who’s on the ballot? What do you know about their policies and beliefs? Are you walking in and blindly filling in a bubble – any bubble – a party bubble – just because it’s your right?
Members of Congress are directly elected by the people in the state, and in turn they directly affect the laws. That’s pretty important stuff.
It’s imperative that we stay informed.
It’s time out for simply chalking things up to “politics”. Those who don’t invest their time into understanding, challenging, and changing the things that affect their lives, lose the right to gripe.
We have to demand more, not only from our leaders on a federal level, but on the state and local levels too.
We also have to demand more from ourselves.
Staying vigilant and reminding government officials that they work for us (while we work for us as well), is the only way to bring about real change. I’m sure Trump isn’t the first person in Office to have downright hateful and infuriating philosophies.
So now what?
It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work. As cliché as it sounds, you have be the change you want to see in the world. But this idea shouldn’t just be concentrated on political affairs.
Be watchful of those around you.
Do they do what they say they will?
Do the people in your life play their role and genuinely have your best interests at heart?
If something about the people and things around you just isn’t adding up, they may need to step down. The great thing about impeaching someone from your life is that you don’t have to be in agreement with anyone but your spirit.
So there you have it, 4 things I’ve learned so far from Trump’s campaign and presidency.
Ironically enough, it’s helping me to enhance my own personal Magic. Remember, lessons are all around us.
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