I don’t give a who-diddly shit about Donald Trump’s political views. I delved into this particular book, “Think Big”, because I figured it’d be nice to look at Trump’s overall mindset behind the massive financial success he’s had in his life. He pulls no punches in this read and mercilessly lays everything out on the table in regards to becoming a success.
The emphasis on passion, working hard, resisting complacency and consistently getting out of your comfort zone are great ideals I can get on board with. I’ve always thought the adage, “work smarter; not harder!” was a saying echoed by lazy people who want to get out of hard work. Why not work smart and hard? This theme is in there, too.
Here’s the kicker: there’s a big chapter on the topic of revenge. Trump is hellbent on the idea that, if somebody screws you over, you should screw them ten times over and get even with them, no matter the cost, because if you don’t exact revenge on somebody that has wronged you, then you are weak! A schmuck! (His words.)
I’m not crazy about that kind of mentality. I’m the type of person that’s pretty damn good at holding a grudge and being bitter about something. I have a great memory and I don’t forget about things. However, getting even with somebody who wronged you “no matter the cost” and “screwing them over just like they screwed you over”? It all sounds like wasted energy to me. If I could redo the years 2010-2013, I would. I wasted so much of my time entrenched in disappointment and anger over somebody I [then] thought the best of (ignorantly) screwing me over in the most callous, cruel way possible. I wanted to see this person reap repercussions for their piece of shit actions. Little did I know, that person has and continues to reap repercussions by way of their own poor choices in life (they took a step back, unsurprisingly, settling for substandard things and people) they likely continue to make.
Don’t take every word as gospel. In the words of Bruce Lee, “Absorb what is useful; discard what is useless”. The chapter on revenge aside, it’s a good read that will either reshape or reinforce your current mindset on life and what it is that you want. This, “The Lombardi Rules”, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and “The Magic of Thinking Big” are tremendous reads that I highly recommend. If you find yourself unfocused, they’ll ground you.