Law #2 – Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies

Vincenzo Camuccini, "Morte di Cesare", 1798,

Be wary of friends – they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.

 

Contents of the 2nd Summary of the 48 Laws of Power (by Robert Greene)

Part 1: Video Summary

Part 2: Examples

Part 3: Negative Examples

Part 4: Spirit of the Law

Part 5: Most Important Learnings

 

 

Video Summary of the Law

 

 

Examples on how to apply the 48 Laws of Power

 

Example #1)

Michael III emperor of the Byzantine Empire (840-867) is a prime example of naive trust leading to one’s downfall. One day he visited a steed where a horse went loose and threatened the physical integrity of the king. Basil I came to his aid, pacifying the horse and thus saving the king. This was the beginning of a bond between the king and the peasant, that lasted a lifetime, Michael’s lifetime to be excact.

Michael showed limitless gratitude and took young Basil under his wings, providing him with the finest education and showering him with gifts. The emperor trusted his new mentee so much that he promoted him to the highest ranks of power, thinking that Basil was his loyal friend. He had to, because of all the opportunities the emperor opened for him, didn’t he? Unfortunately Basil, just like most people, developed feelings of grandeur and soon believed that everything he had achieved was his own doing. That he didn’t owe his success to anyone.

The former peasant tricked the emperor into killing his most loyal servant, Bardas, effectively cutting off his support. As soon as Basil was strong enough and held the majority of support in the empire, he decided to ursulp the title of emperor from Michael, by murdering his former mentor, friend and benefactor in his bed, cutting off both of his hands before thrusting a sword through his heart.

After this coup d’etat, Basil rose to become one of the most powerful and highly regarded emperors of the glorious Byzantine empire and helped her foritfy her power in the 9th century. In the aftermath, one could say that everyone benefited from Michael’s disobeyance of the law to never put too much into his friends. Except for Michael of course.

 

Example #2)

Ancient China, also known as the Wild Wild East, managed to establish one of the most treacherous environment history has ever seen, after the fall of the Han Dynasty in the year 220, which was referred to as the golden age of China. What followed was a reign by the Three Kingdoms which can be summed up as the “Eat and be Eaten Empire” because every soul that ascended the Dragon Throne was guaranteed to meet his demise by fellow generals or politicians. A toxic environment that claimed the life of many a naive wanna-be emperor.

A viscious cycle that repeated itself until general Zhao Kuangyin took his unrightful seat on the Dragon Throne and changed the modus operandi of dealing with the numerous enemies.

Instead of doing tabula rasa, killing his fellow generals and slaughtering their families; he instead decided to gain the support of his enemies by showering them with lavish gifts, sending them into a retirement in luxury. The plan worked out in his favour and his Song Dynasty managed to keep the Dragon Throne in family property for hundreds of years.

Maybe his enemies were weak or the times changed and the people had seen enough blood, we do not know. Arguably he could have achieved the same by killing everyone who had ambitions on his throne, burn their mansions and sprinkle salt on their lands so that for the next thousand years not even a single lizard could survive. Undertaking research in this area would probably contradict Greene’s claim, that you should make enemies your friends, hence you won’t find any details in the book.

 

Example #3)

In modern politics, you will find a couple of good examples for making enemies your friends, since we live in a god-less society where everyone is a mercenary for the right price, and it is much harder to murder important personalities (unless you are the Russian government of course).

Abraham Lincoln did so in his cabinet, outlined in Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

John F. Kennedy chose his former bitter rival Lyndon Johnson for the position of vice-president, despite the Kennedy and Johnson clans having a huge faud, leaving no ill word unspoken.

Barack Obama did the same with Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump hired college professor Sam Colvins, who insulted him, his strategy and viewpoints a mere 35 days before his promotion, and is now praising his new master, like a good puppy does.

Their main reasons for doing so was to remove their enemies from their former position, which made it almost mandatory for the enemies to work against them, and thus eliminiting the threat emitting from them. People close to you, working for you, can be grasped by a firmer grip and hence you are able to better control them and their actions. A seemingly positive promotion can actually serve your interests much more than theirs.

Usually, enemies of a high quality and caliber also bring a lot of experience as well as expertise to the table. The friends of your new friend, are probably your friends as well (That’s why Hillary is talking about “the legacy of Barack Obama must be saved” etc.)

Always keep in mind that most of these arrangements were benificial to both parties, otherwise it would have never worked. It is not easy to create such a situation, where you are able to use your enemies as your pawns.

  •  Ally yourself with former enemies, if the arrangement is beneficial to both of you

 

Negative Example)

Once upon a time, Dumbo Pretendiavelli had a friend called Brutus. Brutus was a pothead without drive and with a very dark and unpromising future ahead of him. What was the deciding factor that led to form this bond of friendship between them? Maybe it was because of their relatively small social circles and a friendship for the friendships’ sake and nothing more.

Brutus and Dumbo Pretendiavelli shared a lot together and whenever Brutus found himself in financial trouble, Dumbo was there to help. They even sold drugs together, with Dumbo being the main culprint, but trusting Brutus.

One day Dumbo told Brutus that he was out of town to visit his dying grandmother for 2 days. When he came back, someone had broken into his house and robbed him of everything of value.

Of course, Dumbo Pretendiavelli didn’t dare to suspect Brutus and continued to be his friend. He even decided to pay for his education, since he wanted his best friend to become a success; completly failing to notice, that Brutus didn’t feel alike and only had his own interests in mind.

Their lifes changed, Dumbo accepted a job and started working, while Brutus was still sitting on his lazy butt, dealing drugs. Despite the now obvious differences in their belief-system and environment, it didn’t hurt their friendship one bit, and Dumbo continued to trust him.

One day when Pretendiavelli came back home to his girlfriend, he caught his best friend with his girlfriend in flagranti. He felt shocked, betrayed and didn’t understand one bit how the most important people in his life could act in such a manner, despite his other friends and family warning him of the obvious warning signals.

While still being in shock and disbelief, thinking about where he had gone wrong and imagining that it could not get any worse, Brutus & Dumbos’ girlfriend stabbed him 23 times.

  •  Drop dead weight, pay attention to warning signals

 

 

Spirit of the Law

 

On Friends

Friends tend to expect favour and prefered treatment while enemies or strangers are more inclined to prove something and work harder. This law is not set into stone, and you need to be extra careful when dealing with former enemies.

Friends can easily be aroused by envy and greed and act against you as soon as you are vulnerable.

They won’t hesitate to play you for a fool and not have a single negative objection against doing so, for they will demonize you and rationalize their betrayal.

One rule rings true for both trust and gambling. Never put in more than you can afford to lose. It is good to trust friends, but not doing so, is much, much better!

On Enemies

The proverb tells us to keep our friends close but out enemies even closer. De facto one of the worst advices you can adhere to. If you keep your enemies too close, they will crush you and subtely undermine you at every opporunity that presents itself.

You only want to turn enemies into friends, if they would otherwise work against your on a bigger scale than the to-be-expected backstabbing during their false friendship.

Only make enemies into your friends as long as you are 100% certain, that they are dependend on you. As soon as you lose that power, the birds are going to try to break free and fly away, dropping a pile of bird shit onto your plans in the course.

On the other hand, what is there to lose? If the enemy is actively working against you, he might be able to cause more harm than subtely working against you as your friend. Always decide on a case-to-case basis.

Enemies are much more predictable than friends, and from time to time it makes sense to ally yourself with them. The enemy of your enemy, despite being you enemy as well, is sometimes your friend for a limited time. A good example would be “Eisern Wien” [Iron Vienna], a temporary alliance between the arch rivals of the football clubs “SK Rapid Wien” and “FK Austria Wien”, seen on rare occasions where a football club or a nation, hated by both clubs, comes to Vienna. For a day, the hooligans of both clubs join up and face the common enemy shoulder-to-shoulder and instantly revert back to being rivals the day after.

In a business setting, you want to use enemies and make them your subordinates in order to stop them dead in their tracks on the way to power. That’s why big companies buy smaller companies and people hover their ambitious adversaries into positions of seeming power, where they actually become a marionette in the big scheme of things.

While it might go against common sense to employ and utilize your enemies, as a Modern Machiavelli you need to analyze the most beneficial way to disarm and use your enemies. I have to repeat myself and say once again, that you must have something very beneficial to offer to your former enemy.

 

Using enemies to sporn you

Use enemies to sporn you, to push you forward by funneling your hate. They do an excellent job at keeping you at the top of your game. Mao Zedong, as well as others, did an excellent job at using their enemies to strengthen and refine his armys’ battle skills. Despite losing a few men, the gather experience outweighted his losses by a huge margin.

Find nay sayers who are vocal about your „unattainable goal“, then prove them wrong. Anger is one of the most powerful motivators. Some atheletes have been known to be extra rude to journalists, who then wrote articles attacking the athelete. Remember that hate & anger are among the best motivators one can have. Living means being angry, if you stop being angry, you start becoming lethargic.

Another great way to use enemies is to abuse them for great PR. You have heard the saying that bad news is better than no news, and it rings true in most cases.

Back in the day, when you had an enemy, he would attack you by burning down your estate and bashing your skull in with a branch. Or he would take out his silk glove, slap you in the face and challenge you to a duel, where he would put a bullet through your heart. Which would leave you pretty dead.

In our modern world, attacks are often carried out via subtle behind-the-back talk and attacks via the press or internet. Many people fear bad press and critics, but such attacks are antifragile by nature. They don’t harm you, but strengthen you and lead to support. This can be seen over and over again. An example would be twitter removing the verified badge from Milo Yiannopoulos, resulting in the mobilization of a huge supporter base under the twitter hashtag #JeSuisMilo

Most Important Learnings

  • It is good to trust others, but not doing so is much better
  • Never think that if you turn enemies into friends, that they cease being your enemies.
  • Never employ friends or family and do business with them
  • Use enemies as practice dummies & let them motivate you
  • Always keep a close eye on both your friends and enemies
  • Be quick to abandon dead weight & pay attention to warning signals

 

 

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Sick & Gruesome German Children Songs

Evil & Gruesome German Children Songs
Evil, brutal, twisted, sick, absolutetly common German Children Songs

 

Did you ever wonder why the German citizens have never been known as particular peace-loving or mentally healthy people? If your guess was the Aryan Übermenschen genetics, you are only partly right. This combined with evil german children stories and songs that are worse than most horror stories in other countries.

 

 

Evil, Sick & Gruesome German Children Songs:

Just for clarification, these are not satire songs aimed at adults. This is the shit you actually sing in Kindergarten and if you ask any German speaker, he is certain to know them. Not only know them but sing along those happy tunes.

 

  1. Ein Hund kam in die Küche

 

Translation: A dog came into the kitchen, and stole the cook an egg, the cook took a knife, and cut the dog in two. Many dogs came, and dug the dog a grave, and placed a tombstone, on whom was written: [Repeat]

 

 

2. Kuckuck

On a tree sat a cuckoo 

[Brain insane refrain]

On a tree a cuckoo sat

Then came a young hunter

[Brain insane refrain]

Then a young hunter came

He shot at the poor cuckoo

[Brain insane refrain]

He shot the poor cuckoo dead

 

 

3.  Hoppe, hoppe, Reiter

Translation:

Hoppe, hoppe, rider

If he falls he cries

If he falls into the trench

Ravens are going to eat him

If he falls into the swamp

The rider goes flop

 

 

4. Maikäfer flieg

May bug fly

Your daddy died at war

Mother is in Pommerland

Pommerland is burned to ashes

May bug fly

May bug fly

Your brother died at war

The king fell from his horse

they took from him his fairy castle

May bug fly

 

 

5. Mariechen

 

Mariechen was sitting on a stone

She combed her golden hair

Mariechen watch out

There came the young huntsman

Then came an evil witch who charmed the huntsman to believe Mariechen to be a Bambi

He shot Mariechen in her heart

The blood poured to the ground

 

 

6. Fuchs du hast die Gans gestohlen

If you think that you have experienced the worst of the psychopathic German children songs already, you are wrong. Here is a song that is known and loved by virtually every single German speaker and Kindergarten teachers favourite:

 

Fox you stole the goose,

give her back

otherwise, the hunter is gonna get you with his thunderstick

His big, long, shotgun, shoots at you the pellets

so the red ink colors you

and then you are dead

 

I hope you enjoyed this little insight into the magnificent German culture and stay tuned for the most gruesome and brutal children stories. The next time you interact with a German, think about the psychopathic german children songs & stories that influenced his whole childhood and interact accordingly.

Law #1 – Never outshine the Master


Welcome my magnificent reader, this post analyzes the meaning of “Never outshine the Master”. What follows is an in-depth summary with approximately 2900 words.

Never outshine the master - law 1 of power

 

Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite – inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.

 

 

Contents of the 1st Laws of Power

Part 1: Video Summary

Part 2: A

Part 3: Negative Examples

Part 4: Spirit of the Law

Part 5: Most Important Learnings

 

Video summary 

 

 

Examples & Applications

 

#1

In the 17th century during the reign of Louis XIV, his finance minister Nicolas Fouquet found himself on the verge of becoming a persona non grata. He amassed wealth by shady tactics (not all of them were in accordance with the crown) and didn’t keep quiet about it but instead made the mistake of living quite a decadent lifestyle.

Some time before ascending the throne, Louis was driven out of his palace, by the parliament, during a revolt called the “Fronde” and was forced to live like a common plebeian. An insult going so deep that he never forgot about it.

Now Nicolas Fouquet decided to build himself a palace (forgetting that you should never outshine the master, especially not if he is the king) worthy of an Egyptian pharaoh, the Chateaux Vaux-le-Vicomte and again decided to show off his wealth and style whenever possible. France at that time was troubled by financial worries and the king had to live a much less decadent lifestyle. This aroused envy in the king.

Having the Damocles Sword right above his head, he made an unforgivable mistake. Since Nicolas Fouquet wanted to secure his position in the court of the king, he decided to throw one of the biggest and most lavish parties the world had seen in the year 1661. Full of luxury goods and dishes from exotic lands that have never been tasted by even the highest regarded French nobles. Every guest loved that party, and if back then mobile phones had already existed, you could have seen the selfie-flashlights from outer space.

The metaphorical light shone bright enough to cast a huge shadow onto the king. While the 23-year-old King stood in the shadow, outshined by the magnificence of Nicolas Fouquet, even more, envy crept into his heart, and the wish for Vendetta set foot in his mind. Revenge for this disrespect was inevitable, and King Louis decided that the logical consequence of this affront was to throw his finance minister into the darkest hole in his prison, claiming that he had misappropriated state money. A subtle method compared to openly insulting Fouquet or acting hurt during the party. This incident arguably led to the construction of Versailles.

  • Nicolas Fouquet wanted his king to admire his taste, connections, wealth and impress him, but it backfired and led to his demise.

 

Example #2

Galileo Galilei a great mind with a pathetic pocket. His whole life he was troubled by financial shortcomings and decided to dance on one wedding exclusively. He managed to put his chosen master into the spotlight and make him appear greater than he is.

In 1610, he discovered the “Galilean Moons,” Jupiters 4 biggest moons. He dedicated this discovery to the Medici family whose symbol was the Jupiter, and after the discovery, the Galilean Moons were said to represent the 4 sons of the Medici family revolving around their patriarch.

Usually, the Galilei’s procedure was to dedicate one small part of the discovery to one patron, and receive gifts in return, rarely monetary support, but this time, he chose a different path and dedicated all of his discovery to one family, who enjoyed being put into the spotlight and praised, leading them to become Galilei’s biggest supporter and rewarding him with a steady job and constant financial support.

  • Galilei decided to stop dancing on multiple weddings and chose one ally to gain their full, undivided support, by praising them and making them appear glorious.

 

Example #3

In “House of Cards” the main protagonist Frank Underwood abided this law par excellence. During his position as the vice president he pulled the strings behind the president and subtly made suggestions and advised the president to take actions that aligned with Frank’s goals; framing them in such a way that made the ideas look like they were his master’s ideas all along.

Frank didn’t act too bold or too aggressive; an important part of his big scheme. Despite pulling the strings and being more powerful than the president himself, he made his master shine and feel in control.

  • Always remaining calm and in control, not being an arrogant know-it-all, pretending to be on the side of the president, making him look good while simultaneously influencing him, helped Mr. Underwood achieve his goals.

 

Negative Example

Dumbo Predendiavelli considered himself to be a funny and exalted person of worth and influence. Glowing with confidence, charisma, humor and of course the god given arrogance that comes with it. Pretendiavelli managed to snatch a good new job, and there was no doubt in his mind, he was going to crush it and make a killing in the new company. Assert himself as THE alpha male of his new work environment and hustle everyone he deemed inferior (including his imbecile masters). He knew every study, every guideline, every example from the history books and believed that nobody could one-up him and that he would convince his new masters and equals of his worth.

What worked with his drinking buddies, former employers and employees and girls he picked up in a bar, was sure to work in this new environment. So he thought. He came into his new job cocky as a cock can be, telling jokes, trying to show off his refined tastes and superior knowledge, believing to be on the right path to conquering the throne of the company.

Whenever someone told a joke, he followed it up with a joke of his own. Whenever someone told a compelling story, he followed it up with a more glorious story of his own. Whenever someone suggested an idea, he followed it up with an (in his mind) even better idea. Whenever someone discussed a topic, he proceeded to straighten that person out and give them the “real facts.”

Soon after his entry, shocking to him, everyone hated him. Everybody hated the arrogant know-it-all asshole who could not stand other people receiving as much or even more attention, around him and always tried to trump not only his equals and inferiors but also his masters. Problems arose because the people who hire you, want you to shine, but not too brightly and not too soon. Not having achieved anything so far and walking around like you have a 10-inch cock (how Ben Affleck put it in the marvelous movie “Boiler Room”) is a dangerous mindset to follow.

Despite knowing everything there is to know and delivering great work, achieving and even surpassing all of his goals, everyone started to nitpick his every mistake. They picked the smallest deficit and blew it up to look like an unforgivable affront.

Soon after, Dumbo Pretendiavelli got fired and lived unhappily ever after, all because he violated Law 1 – Never outshine the Master. A lesson he will never forget.

  • Don’t let your ego, the size of the Grand Canyon, become your downfall. Instead, be patient, be submissive and play your cards when the time is right.

 

 

Spirit of never outshine the Master

 

Analyzing the Terrain

An extremely important aspect, your starting point, needs to be finding out who your masters are. Your parents, your teachers, your professors, your middle-management, your customer. Everywhere you have a social hierarchy, and you will have to find out who the master of that group is. Respect his position.

Yes, also your customer. I have a background in marketing & PR, and the best advice I can give is to always give the customer what they want. Even if their idea is about as useful as a dick without a shaft, you have to delivery as he expects. He couldn’t care less about your fancy idea if it violates his wishes. In such a situation you will want to deliver one project just like he wanted it, and maybe if you feel like your idea is a million-dollar idea, you can work it out and present it additionally.

 

Outshining your Master

Whenever a master takes you under his wings, by either becoming your patron or hiring you, they do want you to be a success. Just not that huge of a success so you cast such a lurking shadow that makes them disappear within.

People hire you for two reasons and two reasons only.

  1. They want you to make them money, achieve goals, use your connections.
  2. They like you and want you to stroke their egos and make them shine.
  3. Bonus reason: They hire you to take revenge on someone, or they are forced to hire you for some reason. Ignore this for it doesn’t or at least, shouldn’t apply to you.

The smart Modern Machiavellian knows this and works hard on achieving both goals. Do not let them slide or you will find yourself looking for new work or a new network sooner rather than later. Reason #2 is more important than Reason #1. If you don’t achieve results but are liked and appear to achieve results, you will run circles around those who merely work hard while ignoring the social aspect and who shine too bright in the wrong moment.

Learn to listen, learn to restrain your tongue. When your master tells a joke, he is looking for positive feedback and not for a joke that one-ups his. Your masters don’t want you to come into the company and tear it apart because you believe your ideas to be better. Even if your ideas happen to be valuable, they simply don’t want the status quo challenged too fiercely. Never should challenge your master’s ideas and make sure if you do, you do it subtly.

Make sure your ideas mimic your master’s ideas, make sure you like the same things and hate the same people like your master.

Your ego is your biggest enemy while also being your best ally. Don’t let it interfere with your grand strategy for short-term victories. Making someone feel or look bad might feel amazing that moment, but ultimately it won’t do you good. Whenever someone claims something to be true, that you know wrong; whenever someone has an idea, you believe to be inferior to your idea; do not let your ego show its’ ugly face, instead think like the Modern Machiavelli you are supposed to be and either restrain your tongue or frame your response in a way that echoes their thoughts or start by disarming them, before you present your ideas. For example, you might say: “An interesting idea, I might be wrong, but I thought that lowering the prices might actually lead to lower sales rates because we depend on being viewed as a premium product, as our analysis has pointed out. What do you think about this?” instead of “Bullshit, we are a premium priced brand and only an imbecile would even think about lowering the prices.”

I know, it is hard to be humble when you are as great as I am, you might say, but make sure that your ego doesn’t sabotage you.

 

Outshining your Colleagues & Hostile Superiors

Another thing you will have to keep in mind is that you will be confronted with opposition if you outshine people other than your master. Never come out guns blazing if you disagree with anyone, especially not your boss. Be submissive and meek but get a feeling for the line between being a good little asset and being a spineless pushover.

 

If you have a new incompetent superior, who is above you. Be careful to never outshine the master or colleague in a situation where they hold the cards. Trump them subtly. Remember that not every superior of yours is your master. Attach yourself to the boss of your superior and you shall have an easier life. Another way would be to seek this boss’ advice, flatter him and try to make an ally out of him. He might soon start asking you for advice, and as soon as he believes your advice to be of value, he is going to follow it. This opens him up for ill-advice that damages him and lures him into a trap. Always keep law #3 in mind: conceal your intentions.

Outshining your masters is a vile misstep, as is outshining your colleagues. Sometimes though it is inevitable to constantly belittle your equals, hoping to look better in the eyes of your master. The name of the game is patience. You don’t want to attack anyone who is stronger than you, has more connections and a better fortress. You do not want to outshine the master if he is stronger than you. You are supposed to wait for the right time, either if you are stronger than him, or he opened himself up for attack and revealed weaknesses. As soon as you are strong enough and have gathered enough support, you can openly challenge your master by outshining him.

 

If you praise your enemies in front of your real master, who gets the credit? Them. Do you think they are going to tell the boss in private that it actually was you who did such a good job?

You trade the credit for your work for a little sympathy bonus… praise and charm them in private settings and in front of coworkers, not in front of the master.

 

In General

Just like you should never outshine the master without a strong reason, don’t offend and belittle others either, if there is no good reason for doing so. Whenever you are confronted with a group, and your aim is to impress a woman, don’t do so by insulting and belittling your competition. They are very likely to sabotage your attempts. Instead, focus on giving value to the whole group while inflating your own value and charming them with your finesse and presence.

Self-improvement is an interesting field study. We have all been there, tightened our boots and worked on ourselves. We started lifting, learning, constantly improving and demanding the respect that is due. We changed our habits and ways and asserted dominance. One huge problem arises, though. Humans are programmed by nature to resist change in their social circle. If they believe themselves to be more alpha than you, you are going to have a very hard time.

 

Fact: People in general and your friends, in particular, are going to try to keep you down. They feel threatened by the new you and feel that the status quo is at peril. Therefore, they are going to try their best to prevent you from bringing a disturbance in the force of the already established group. They don’t like being outshined and therefore will lay bricks in your way.

It is much easier to become a person of influence and respect within a new group of friends/people. Know when to cut loose ties, make tabula rasa and start all over.

If you decide to change too much too quickly (see law #45 and #46) you are going to be confronted with resistance. Try to change subtly and don’t openly outshine your friends at every possible opportunity.

 

Most Important Learnings

 

  • Acta non verba. Work hard and show your skills through actions, not words.
  • Don’t challenge to status quo only to appear smart and sophisticated.
  • Keep your ego in check and swallow your pride down when you have to
  • Make sure your ideas mimic your master’s ideas, make sure you like the same things and hate the same people like your master.
  • Are you John Wayne, or is that me? Well, it certainly is not you. Don’t act like you are the brightest star in the sky, when you are not permitted to do so.
  • Never talk back to your master; subtly present your ideas
  • Make your superiors look good on every occasion possible
  • Actively give credit to your master, but don’t let him take it
  • Don’t get the reputation for crawling up your master’s ass, but do so subtly.
  • Honour your masters’ and he will reward you with power & responsibility in return
  • Discrete flattery and asking your masters opinion and feedback goes a long way

 

 

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