It is frequently claimed that exceptional people are self-made, appear out of nothing. Maybe we are told this to make us hopeful and to encourage us to go do anything we would like to set our minds to. Or to make us feel depressed or guilty for not being more successful.
However, many extraordinary people seem, just like all of us, mostly the product of what they received at birth and later, a product of roots, upbringing and surroundings. I don’t deny free will, the ability to shape up, but fuel for success in volition is often provided from outside too.
Therefore, regularly, from-rags-to-riches chaps are really the offspring of a rich parent or grandparent who went broke. Yes, they build their fortune from scratch, but the necessary character traits they got for free.
Trump is no exception. His father was wealthy. And he had a ruthless mentor, Joseph McCarthy’s Right-Hand Man, Roy Cohn. As sung in the Sound of Music: Nothing comes from nothing; nothing ever could.
Also, Donald Trump did not become president over-night. He worked towards it for years. Developed his name recognition on TV. Perfected his brilliant speaking style. Tested and collected arguments that work – they didn’t need to reflect reality as long as they seduced.
Still curious were he got the idea of putting his name in big large gold letters on buildings? Yesterday afternoon I learned who taught him.
There’s a building at the beginning of Yaffo Street 19, Jerusalem, Israel, opposite the municipality, that may show who taught him. And to prevent confusion about who taught who, the year is attached as 1901. Now, would whoever sees that, still doubt who gave Trump this idea?