Trump's signature trait has been fearlessness. The media, including Fox head Roger Ailes, could huff and puff. But they couldn't blow his bravado down.
In the debates, in framing issues, and in speeches, he didn't take crap. He might have been right. He might have been wrong. But he didn't default over and over again into apology. Maybe his whole rhetorical style has killed off the "I'm sorry." And this is a guy who had his brush with financial disaster more than once.
That is the antithesis of what we Baby Boomers had been socialized to be. We were the generation who labored in Corporate America. There the persona was conformity and compliance.
Before that, the high school guidance whatever told us that we would never get into college if we didn't "have a good record."
A recession or two without work drained any piss and vinegar we had left over from our counterculture days.
So, there we Baby Boomers were: conditioned to be afraid. Then Trump shows us that's all wrong.
I agreed with him.
I stopped being scared in my business dealings. More came in. They all put down the deposit I requested. They treated me well during the assignment.
I stopped being scared in my personal dealings. Like a Millennial I blocked calls from those I no longer wanted in my life. My body language is no longer tentative. I walk into a room like I own it.
I stopped being scared about money. If Trump can ride out whatever, so can I.
I now wonder how different our careers and lives might have been had we been socialized to not take crap. Ever.