Alright, it’s confession time…I watch the Celebrity Apprentice. Now to put it in perspective, I don’t DVR it so that I can see a missed episode. I find Donald Trump to be a very interesting person. Yes, he is easy to pick on and he is a master of self-promotion, but I find it hard to argue with someone’s success when they have grown their personal wealth into the billions. When I read his book “Art of the Deal” back in the 1980’s he was a mere multi-millionaire.
So it is the irony of Sunday’s episode – which centered on hair styles and salon products (think Donald uses any of them?) – that I find so striking. While in the boardroom with the teams, Trump announces that his strategy for success has been that “he never gives up.” Apparently, neither does President Obama. After weeks of flirting with the media about a possible run for president in 2012 challenging President Obama’s eligibility to be president, and essentially forcing him to present a document that Hawaii does not normally release, it was Trump who got trumped moments before the infamous words ‘you’re fired’ could be stated.
Gamesmanship (or its appearance) stifles the real message. Both Trump and Obama are inarguably successful. What do they both have in common? They do not give up. That important announcement as you well know by now was the death of Osama bin Laden. That result happened because of many decisions by leaders based in a ‘never give up’ commitment that led to an incalculable number of courageous activities by our armed forces who unquestionably live by the ‘never give up’ mantra. As they do every day, they put our safety before their own and came away with a tremendous achievement.
As I write this I do not know if Nene, Hope, or Starr was fired from the show. And to tell you the truth, I could care less. That curiosity has been replaced with a reminder of my immeasurable respect and appreciation for those who keep us safe, whether they be military or law enforcement. The answer to success and how we stay the unquestionable best nation in the world is self-evident: WE NEVER GIVE UP!