Thursday, March 15, 2018

Career Advice

Here is an anecdote that any ambitious young professional should read and meditate on for an hour. 
First, how was Navarro recruited? During the campaign Trump told Jared Kushner to find some research supporting his protectionist trade views. Kushner responded by going on Amazon, where he found a book titled “Death by China.” So he cold-called Navarro, the book’s author, who became the campaign’s first economic adviser. Source.
Navarro has been promoted by Trump to the position of Trade Czar, in charge of America's trade relations with the world. But his high position and power did not fill him with hubris and blinded him with pride. Like the Pope who signs as "the servant of the servants of Christ", Navarro sees himself as the first and humblest servant of his boss. 
“My function, really, as an economist is to try to provide the underlying analytics that confirm his intuition. And his intuition is always right in these matters.” 
Here you have a good model, a man with a good attitude. I know nothing about foreign trade and am not sure if reviving the nineteen thirties's "Yellow Peril" phantom is reasonable, but I admire him.

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