Reality Adjustments

Daddy, What's Losing? We Flip a Trump Meme Upside Down

Sep 25, 2018

Trump's marketing strategy is to brand Trump as "always winning."  And anybody The Donald doesn't like are considered losers.

Trump supporters then attach their own personal worth with Trump's simplistic brand... aka, "I voted for Trump so that makes me a winner too."  I am still surprised there are people out there who attach their identities to a politician, any politician, left or right. Some people have shared these memes, gleefully:

Of course, anybody who has earned a bit of success immediately understands the irony here.

All you athletes, business people, artists, musicians, and anyone trying to better yourself in some way, you know that there is a sacred relationship with failure.  The winner's path is paved with failure.

Trump's definition of winning (winning GOOD losing BAD) is actually a loser's definition.  People who have worked hard for their success (as opposed, perhaps, to those who have merely inherited great privilege) understand the trials and tribulations that come with winning.

As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.  JK Rowling has shared her rejection letters for Harry Potter.  Donald Trump himself has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy for his companies six times.

Success is failure in progress.
Albert Einstein
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

And so we made this meme as a counterbalance for all you winners out there.

Daddy, What's Losing?

It’s refusing to respect failure. Failure is a sign you are trying. Most people are terrified of failure and never try. They stay small and wither in old comfort zones.  Learn to appreciate failure, son.  Be in a constant state of failure, for this is the winners’ secret code.

The Tilted Glass