Sunday, January 21, 2007

Daddy's Little Barbarian

OK. I was watching TV with Garland when they showed Donald Trump getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. No problem with that. The relative merits of the Star have been under dispute and have been discussed in a 2001 ABC News story in which honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant was interviewed (recipients have, among other things, to pay a hefty security fee and are not selected by The Academy or other agency).

Still. Good for Donald.

What worried me was his acceptance speech. In it, he said:

"He's strong, he's smart, he's tough, he's vicious, he's violent -- all of the ingredients you need to be an entrepreneur, and most importantly, hopefully he's smart because smart is really the ingredient," the 60-year-old billionaire said of Baron during the ceremony.

Smart, tough, vicious and violent -- that's Donald's recipe for success. Although the two most loathed professions in the US are doctors and lawyers, one well-placed salesperson behaving badly can clear a room. Seemed to me that Donald had made a world view out of Conan the Barbarian's mantra. When asked in this groundbreaking film (um, yeah) what was best in life, he answered: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!

In Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends, Tim Saunders touts the value of being a corporate love bunny. Pretty simple concept, but I think he's on the mark. While many would love to have Donald's money, we just can't square his behavior or thinking with the basic skills our mommas taught us.


Yorkali said...

This world is not my home...
If the keys to getting rich includes being vicious and violent, I'd rather live in the squalor of a Brazilian slum.

Lalita said...

I think a lot of us want Donald Trump's money -- we just don't want to BE Donald Trump once we get it.