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For those who wish to print them. This is straight from the book without comments from me.
Book written by Robert Green.

1.Never Outshine the Master
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.

2. Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies
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.
3.Conceal your Intentions
Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions.

If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense.

Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.
4.Always Say Less than Necessary
When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control.

Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike.

Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.

5.So Much Depends on Reputation - Guard it with your Life
Reputation is the cornerstone of power.

Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once you slip, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides.

Make your reputation unassailable.

Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen.

Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations.

Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them.
6.Court Attention at all Cost
Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing.

Never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion.

Stand out. Be conspicuous, at all cost. Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious, than the bland and timid masses.

7.Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit
Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of other people to further your own cause.

Not only will such assistance save you valuable time and energy, it will give you a godlike aura of efficiency and speed.

In the end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered.

Never do yourself what others can do for you.
8.Make other People come to you - use Bait if Necessary
When you force the other person to act, you are the one in control.

It is always better to make your opponent come to you, abandoning his own plans in the process.

Lure him with fabulous gains - then attack.

You hold the cards.

9.Win through your Actions, Never through Argument
Any momentary triumph you think gained through argument is really a Pyrrhic victory: The resentment and ill will you stir up is stronger and lasts longer than any momentary change of opinion.

It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word. Demonstrate, do not explicate.

10.Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky
You can die from someone else's misery - emotional states are as infectious as disease.

You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster.

The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.

11.Learn to Keep People Dependent on You
To maintain your independence you must always be needed and wanted.

The more you are relied on, the more freedom you have. Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity and you have nothing to fear. Never teach them enough so that they can do without you.
12.Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm your Victim
One sincere and honest move will cover over dozens of dishonest ones. Open-hearted gestures of honesty and generosity bring down the guard of even the most suspicious people.

Once your selective honesty opens a hole in their armor, you can deceive and manipulate them at will. A timely gift - a Trojan horse - will serve the same purpose.

13.When Asking for Help, Appeal to People's Self-Interest
If you need to turn to an ally for help, do not bother to remind him of your past assistance and good deeds.

He will find a way to ignore you. Instead, uncover something in your request, or in your alliance with him, that will benefit him, and emphasize it out of all proportion.

He will respond enthusiastically when he sees something to be gained for himself.

Flo, December 13 2007, 4:55 PM


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