Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is someone you simply cannot ignore. Aside from his wealth and ego. . . and really bad hair, he is an exceptionally successful and intelligent businessman.
One of the qualities that I admire about the Donald is that he consistently sets the bar high. Once reached, he then recalibrates and raises it to new heights. Contrast that with a subject like public school education. Their approach is a 180 degree opposite:
- Find the lowest common denominator
- Set bar at that low level
- Consistently fail to meet lowest expectations
- Make excuses as to why failure is commonplace and accepted as norm
Despite what some may profess, most students are not brittle. They will not crumble into tiny pieces if they are corrected or if they fail at a given project or topic. We all have experienced failure. It is a part of life and a part of the learning process. Dust off, learn from our errors and get back on the horse.
In recent months, I have taken “the Donald” approach to Systema classes. I find the most experienced/most skill student in class that day and gear the lesson to challenge him or her. Some struggle. Some “fail” in the beginning as it forces many to go beyond the comfort zone into uncharted territory.
The end result has been exceptional. As a group, we have made more progress in the past 3 months than any group in any art I have ever seen or been a part of. From aikido to karate to kendo, no group has matched or even come close to this one.
Trump was once quoted as saying: “I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.”
By consistently setting the bar higher and higher, one never knows what previously hidden talents, abilities and skills may be discovered. What strengthens and inner power may be uncovered.
Or what statements they may make.