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If you aspire to be powerful and successful, your energy and actions are the cornerstones to attaining success. If you don’t treat yourself like a king or queen, you can’t get others to do so. Reputation is also an imperative component of power. Through reputation alone, you can intimidate and win, however, if you lose it or your reputation gets damaged, you will be vulnerable and will be attacked by competitors.
The guy I worked for…
I used to work for this guy that did talk shows with really successful people. He got to meet some of the most famous and successful people in the world through his talk show. The thing is, he wasn’t a successful, rich, or a famous person. He simply had a small talk show on social media.
In fact, both of his parents were teachers that did not have any strong connections. After analyzing his past and what he has done, I determined the 2 factors for his success. First, he acted like a king to be treated like one. While not being that successful, he appeared to be really successful and acted really confident and powerful, which inevitably infected the people around him.
This attracted successful and famous people to him. Plus, it also scared away competitors from trying to take down his show since he seemed established, successful, and powerful. Second, he protected his reputation from petty drama and competitors.
He made sure his show and brand had the best possible reputation. This solidified his brand and established his show as one of the big shows in the entertainment industry. Most of us never realize how important reputation is for our success, that is why some people lose their success or become irrelevant.
You should also learn how to open holes in the reputation of your enemies. Every now and then the team of the guy I worked for would research scandals competitors experienced and then put them on social media. Then they would watch public opinion attack the competitor and open holes in their reputation. While I do not condone this action, it is effective for dealing with competitors.
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
- 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 it slips, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides. Make your reputation invincible. Always be alert to potential attacks and stop 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.” – Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of power
- Act like a king to be treated like one.
“The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated: in the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself, and inspires the same sentiment in others. By being regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself destined to wear a crown. Your energy and confidence will infect people around you.” – Robert Greene, The 48 laws of power
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