Donald Trump has built his entire brand and reputation around being a businessman, and more, an entrepreneur. This has always served him well because America is the land of entrepreneurship—present Americans with an entrepreneur, and they will cheer loudly.
However, Trump is not truly an entrepreneur, nor does he exhibit any common traits of entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs are, of course, an immense and diverse group of people with members of all possible political perspectives. But there are a few key behaviors that unite this group. The biggest unifying factor is a strong disposition to view their initiatives as ongoing experiments. As such, the entrepreneur’s playbook demands entrepreneurs do whatever possible to discern the cold, hard facts, then act on them quickly to achieve success.
Entrepreneurs—that is, the good ones—do away with all aspects of “success theater,” as they know it will eventually steer them towards ruin. A good entrepreneur would never engage arguments about inaugural crowd sizes—this is wasted energy, and entrepreneurs have no energy to waste. Likewise, to true a entrepreneur, inventing off-the-cuff “alternate facts” to alter vetted facts would be absurd—this pursuit is antithetical to their goal of understanding and acting upon truths.