All billionaires are crazy, but this guy Trumps them all
“I want to be a billionaire, so freakin’ bad”
That’s the chorus of a well known Gen Y song. Donald Trump pisses all over that ethos.
Mr Trump is a terribly successful man. Half the buildings on the banks of the Hudson River in New York are Trump real estate. The Apprentice turned his mop into an icon, and he carefully cultivated his image ever since. Up until Barack Obama was elected president and he revealed his nutbag conspiracy theorist leanings.
He became the spokesperson for a movement accusing the president of being born outside America. His latest move: offering to donate $5 million to a charity of the president’s choice if he releases his college records. See the video above.
What are they possibly going to reveal? The prez got some Cs? I’m all for transparency, but if I gave my uni records to the Australian people, I’m sure they’d be fascinated to know I nearly failed a subject called Language and Discourse in my first year.
I’m not sure being a billionaire is really something to aspire to, though. The only thing that makes Trump any different to other billionaires is his comb-over. To build up a fortune like that, you’d have to be a little crazy.
Earlier this week, my colleague Anthony Sharwood had a chat to a leading expert in emotional intelligence, psychologist Chris Golis. Mr Golis explained what makes a psychopath:
They meet someone and they say, ‘what’s in it for me? How can I make money from this person?’
Corporate psychopaths have a phenomenal desire to win or to make money and the two often go together, of course.
Sounds like Trump.
Anyone who’s been in the private sector for a while knows that intelligence is just one factor that makes someone a good businessperson.
Having an incredible sense of initiative and a near-psychotic ability to push down obstacles, that’s what really gets you places.
And that craziness can go in two directions. Billionaire trolls have a lot more influence than your typical internet wildebeest. They can also achieve things that no one else could dream of.
... Clive Palmer will unveil his designs for the Titanic II at a gala dinner on an aircraft carrier in New York on December 4. Now there’s a man with some vision.
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