Amongst all of the crises we have swirling around us, financial, security, national, or international, all affecting our lives very directly, a powerful trend our media is ignoring is the very acute decline in business startup rates during the past decade. This trend is a continuation of the general drift we have endured for over thirty years, as the boot of government bureaucracy has increasingly pressed down on small employers. Capable leadership, lighter taxes, and lighter fee burdens are urgently required — most of all, unfettered inspiration is an imperative.
Regardless our dreams and aspirations, we can all use positive encouragement and support — without restraints or expectations of quid pro quo. This becomes even more critical for those who dive headlong into the realm of entrepreneurial uncertainties and risks. However we consider the underlying factors influencing the negative trend on business startups, the reality is that it’s impact is palpable in every neighbourhood in America.
Through the years I advised entrepreneurs and managers to seek out individuals who could demonstrate confidence whenever they searched for employees or partners.
That counsel applies to most relationships unless they are single events, and even then, you never know if the insecurity of an individual you have struck a singular ‘deal’ with, might not come back to haunt you. The most damaging and sharpest knives which find their ways deep into our backs most often come from acquaintances we trusted – plunged in by insecure individuals we “let in” trustingly.
I define a true friend as being one who is capable of wishing others well, which means someone possessing enough security and confidence, to feel happy with someone else’s success, be it large or miniscule.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump received what is in my book the most powerful endorsement he can possibly receive from anyone. Dana White, President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), addressing the RNC crowd said that after he had signed a network deal for UFC, “There was a big write-up about it in the New York Times, Donald took that paper and wrote on the front of it, ‘Congratulations, Dana! I always knew you would do it.’ And just for the record, Donald has nothing to do with my business. His interest in me and my business is personal. You can really tell a person’s true character when they are happy for somebody else’s success.”
It would be difficult to write a more positive statement about anyone.
To all those who throw the insult, “narcissist” at Trump – a narcissist is incapable of feeling happy for somebody else’s success. We have all had too long a long look at and become familiar with what narcissism looks like. This is not it. Quite the opposite.
White squarely, emotionally and effectively designated this attribute to Trump, and this bodes well for the potential entrepreneurs out there on the verge of leaping into business independence. This bodes well for America.