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We all have goals, desires, and plans for life. And most of the time we love telling people about them. However, sometimes disclosing your plans and goals can have massive ramifications. I learned the consequences of disclosing your plans after I started being successful with my acting career. Making it really big in the entertainment world was one of my biggest goals in life.
Naturally, my success attracted attention and envy. The titans of the entertainment industry started noticing my potential and kept their eyes on me. Unfortunately, I was innocent enough to think people would not try to compete with me. I was proven wrong after I started a social media page to talk about my plans and goals.
Since my next move was always available to others, certain individuals used them against me to undermine my success. It is easy to downplay the danger of competition, however, people are known to be creatures of emotion, not logic. And if they feel threatened by your success they will be capable of doing anything to undermine you. In this case, since my next move was always available, others could prepare for it so they were not the ones to lose.
Just like a business, you compete for attention in the entertainment industry. And my success meant more attention for me and less attention for them. Which would mean less money and fame for them. Luckily, after having my path blocked multiple times, I tried a different approach. This time I still talked about plans and goals but just not the real ones.
This sent my enemies on the wrong goose chase. Which wasted their time and gave me the opportunity to be unpredictable. When you’re unpredictable you can do anything without having your way blocked. There is a reason governments and successful individuals don’t disclose their next moves and if they do, they disclose the wrong plans to send their enemies on the wrong goose chase.
We wish our readers don’t just simply read this story but rather also reflect on the lessons mentioned. See if you can implement any of the lessons taught in your life.
Book: The 48 laws of power by Robert Greene
- Always 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, envelop them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late. Constantly talk about your desires, goals, and plans – just not your real ones, doing this will help you appear friendly, open, and trusting. It will send your enemies on the wrong goose chase. Be unpredictable.”
– Robert Greene
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