Entrepreneurial Lessons From Donald Trump & The US Execution Of Osama Bin Laden

We live in the midst of historically unpredictable times. For some of us, these times arouse emotions of fear and uncertainty. For others – it’s excitement and opportunity. If we were to be completely honest with ourselves, the reality is likely a mixture of all of those emotions and so much more.

If you listen to the news and to academic scholars, you’ll be caught up in a fear-based string of communication that might stifle your entrepreneurial spirit. It’s impossible to not acknowledge that the pace of global change continues to accelerate. In the past 20 years, we’ve had significant medical advancement, unbelievable technological breakthroughs, historical economic swings, and the emergence of the global market place. Society is evolving at full throttle. BossStart prefers to embrace these advancements and view them from a platform of opportunity, and so should you..

So there’s an easy statement for a blog to make:

View change as a platform of opportunity!

-Then each of you goes back to the day-to-day challenge of running your business. How does that great statement really work in your world?

Interestingly enough, we think that a recent episode of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and the death of Osama Bin Laden can offer some valuable entrepreneurial insight relative to these views of change and opportunity.

LaToya Jackson was recently on the show ‘Celebrity Apprentice’. She was ‘fired’ as her team perceived her to be a weak link and an under performer. The following week, Donald Trump had a neat surprise for the apprentice contenders. Following another firing, Trump brought LaToya Jackson back to the show! In the 11 seasons of Apprentice, Trump has never brought back someone he fired. When questioned about his decision, Trump stated that LaToya visited his office and refused to give up. Trump stated he’d never had a contender dispute the firing with such passion and tenacity. He then made a profound statement relative to the market place. Trump stated that successful people never give up! No matter what others tell them, no matter how much they feel down, no matter what fear/uncertainty lies ahead of them – they never give up!

In an unrelated news-breaking event – the world watched as President Obama addressed the Nation on May 1’st, 2011 and confirmed the execution of Osama Bin Laden. Most people felt a sense of relief. A sense of pride and accomplishment. A sense of justice.

Do you remember where you were on 9/11? Do you remember where you were when President Bush announced our aggressive retaliation in the form of the United States’ War On Terror following 09/11? Then we all waited – and wondered: ‘Are we ever going to catch ‘him’?’ Ten years later and we finally got him. Therein lies the lesson: We didn’t give up, we didn’t back off, and we didn’t take a break. Even when we were tired, broke, and fed up of being fed up, we kept going. That is what we do in this country: We keep going.

Maybe you’re a new entrepreneur and just getting started in your business and you wonder what could be harder…

Maybe you’ve been doing this for some time now and you’re starting to feel burned out…

Maybe you’ve had some ups and downs and aren’t sure if you should go on….

Maybe all those people who told you “this is silly” sound pretty smart at the moment…


But Maybe it’s time to catch that second wind and REFUSE TO GIVE UP!

You’re call: Fear or Opportunity….

About the Author: Jacob Ballard

Jacob is an Entrepreneur. He is the Co-Founder of BossStart and also operates the web-based business iWebXpert.com. He has a degree in Marketing from USF in Tampa, FL. Jacob uses his experience from founding numerous businesses to enhance the entrepreneurial adventures of BossStart readers.

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