Inside Donald Trump’s Head
Whether you voted for him or against him, you need to know and understand who President Donald Trump is and what he’s made of, because he’s our President for the next 4 years. I studied him for two decades. I studied this man as much as someone can study a man from a distance. And I know for a fact that millions of people don’t know Trump. I also know that they should know Trump because he’s now the leader of the free world. There are three things about Donald Trump that people should know.
Firstly, nearly everyone who deals with Donald Trump for the first time underestimates him. So, when they deal with Trump thinking he doesn’t know anything, he takes advantage of that and he completely destroys his opponents. This has been his modus operandi for a long time. You don’t establish a global empire of brick and mortar without being a great negotiator and ruthless opponent. Do I sound like Trump yet? Perhaps, but it’s true. You just don’t build an empire without having the skills and the street-smarts.
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Secondly, he knows his stuff. People continue to think he doesn’t know anything about the world or that he doesn’t have a foreign policy. Recently, it was in the news how Trump couldn’t believe the scope of the President’s work. But, do you know where that news came from? From Trump’s aide and strategist Steve Bannon. Do you know why that news came from such a close source? Because Trump wanted it that way! He likes playing the part of the dumb guy.
Lastly, he is an effective strategist. If you haven’t realized it yet, think carefully about who was in the driving seat for Trump’s campaign. It wasn’t some political pundit, it was Trump himself. Think about it. He did nearly zero appearances on late night television, he poked the media left and right, and he was politically incorrect throughout the campaign. He also funded much of his primary campaign himself, which reflected his seriousness. After all, he even sold one of his penthouses for $21 million
Once you understand those three things, it is important to understand from anecdotes how Trump handles situations. So, like I said, he’s always underestimated. And he plays the part of the dumb guy so well that he nearly always wins.
Case in point: When Trump was down on his luck in the early 90s, he owed billions of dollars to multiple banks. Most bankers worked with him and restructured debts, but one particular banker just wouldn’t budge. This man had destroyed the lives of multiple businessmen.
So, when Trump attended a dinner and found this same uptight banker sitting next to him, what do you think Trump did? He made a fan out of this banker and eventually got a nice deal from a man who’d refused to even entertain the idea of letting Trump off the hook. Now, Trump claims in his book that it was luck that made him sit next to this banker. But, knowing the Donald, I can tell you that almost nothing with him is ever an accident. Especially, when the stakes are high.
There are multiple lessons in that story. Firstly, unlike most people who wither away after tasting failure, Donald Trump survived. He was under unimaginable pressure, but he fought through. He’s tough. Secondly, he got what he wanted even when the deck was stacked against him. He has the social skills to pull that off! Finally, he was able to charm a man who had destroyed multiple businessmen right in front of Trump. He has the wherewithal to handle such a tough situation.
Another anecdote: So, an entrepreneur walked into Trump tower hoping to sell his company to the Mogul. He thought he was business savvy and he underestimated the Donald. He thought it would be a breeze to handle the negotiations. Then, he reached the lobby outside Trump’s office and he was made to wait.
Every now and then a staffer would come up to this man and remind him of how great Trump was and how Trump never really shook hands with anyone. He was warned repeatedly not to shake Trump’s hand. Finally, after what seemed like ages, Trump showed up and shook this man’s hand. Shocked, the man asked Trump, “I thought you don’t shake hands, Mr. Trump.” And Trump replied, “When the people are this important, I do.” The entrepreneur was both awestruck and flattered.
Trump got a deal that was entirely in his favor- it wasn’t a win-win. With the Donald, it rarely is a win-win. Of course, later, the spell was broken and when this man came to his senses and realized what had happened, the deal had already been struck. He wrote his frustrations on the inter-webs and that is how I know this story. But, there is another version of it that can be found by Googling, “Donald Trump’s Negotiation Mind Games”.
Let us analyze this story. First, Trump knew that this man was coming in with all guns blazing. So he made him wait. Next, Trump made sure that every person this entrepreneur met in the office was full of praise for the Donald. And finally, Trump made sure that this guy knew that he was a peasant and that “Lord” Trump doesn’t shake hands with the common folk (you know, guys like this entrepreneur).
So, when Trump emerged and shook this man’s hand, he was disarmed immediately. On top of that, he was showered with praise from Trump that immediately made the guy ‘bend his knee and kiss the ring’. You see, Trump knows more about negotiations and diplomacy than a lot of seasoned politicians. Also, they don’t teach this at business school, you get to learn these negotiation skills on the streets.
I don’t have another interesting story like that. But, there was something that played out in full public view and yet people seem to have forgotten about it. Trump had co-authored a book in 2006 titled, “Why We Want You To Get Rich”. In that book and during the book’s marketing, Trump had predicted the impending financial crash and the coming fall in the housing market.
Sure, there were other people like economist Raghuram Rajan who’d done the same thing. But, Rajan was the chief economist of the IMF(International Monetary Fund). It was his job to know. But, Donald Trump wasn’t an economist and he still knew. How? Because he was in the business of real estate and he kept himself updated.
He’s also in the business of knowing what goes on in the world. He stays on top of the news, which is hard to fathom considering some of his tweets. But, what people miss is that he reads the newspapers that he rubbishes publicly and he watches news channels that couldn’t believe he won.
He doesn’t just read American dailies, he reads newspapers from around the globe(wherever his business interests are). You can’t afford to be in the dark about a country where you own a property because if the laws change or there is a political upheaval, that particular investment will immediately be at risk. Unlike other forms of investment, real estate is not easy to get out of if something goes wrong! He reads and knows everything that is important. And he is a fast learner, which makes him effective.
This is the whole point of the article. Trump is the leader of the free world and contrary to what is portrayed, it was no accident. He wants his opponents to think like that because that makes them vulnerable. He’s tough and street smart. He not only survived bankruptcy and multiple lawsuits but he also successfully dealt with the New York Mafia during the 80s when it controlled all the unions.
Also, if you look at his official staff picks, you’ll realize that contrary to some of his campaign ideas, his staff is actually fairly diverse. He’s even brought democrats on board. He has the right and the left schools of thought covered. Also, his foreign policy, reflected in his diplomatic talks, shows that he has no plans of ruining his relationships with either Mexico or Muslim countries.
And that is who Trump is in reality. He’s your typical New York billionaire who knows how to deal with everyone, when to talk tough, when to soften up, and when to act decisively. He’s used to diversity and all of his pre-primary positions on various issues were more center-left than right.
So, understand who Donald Trump is in reality. He’s not going to reveal any of the information given above while he’s in office. But, I am sure he wouldn’t mind people reading about some of it, now that he’s won. I will conclude with what I said at the very beginning, whether you voted for him or against him, you need to understand who Donald Trump is because he’s our president for the next 4 years or maybe 8.