Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rule #7: Get Others to do the Work For You, But Always Take the Credit

  Law 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."

Hey everyone, here to deliver another interesting post about the principles of power.  I just finished writing and submitting a 10,000 word  English paper, and this is probably going to be the last thing I blog about today before I head to sleep.  This is one of the laws of power that I personally feel the most uncomfortable with, but I will discuss it to the best of my ability, borrowing some of Greene's examples and also using some of my own.  Hope you enjoy, make sure to check out my other blogs if you haven't done so already!




G E T  O T H E R S  T O  DO  T H E  W O R K  F O R  Y O U ,  B U T  A L WA Y S  T A K E  T H E  C R E D I T

Introduction


We live in a world with constant competition over the limited supply of resources on this planet.  In order to survive, you must understand that there are many people around you who are circling in, waiting to steal your ideas and hard work, and call them your own.  Unless you learn how to protect yourself and how to play the game properly, you will end up forgotten by history and someone else will gladly fill in the shoes you should have been fitted with.



Basically, there are hunters and gatherers, the ones who survive in this world by hunting, killing, and gathering resources in order to survive, and there are the ones who live off the hunters and gatherers since they do not have either the mental or physical capacity to do it on their own.


The world is like a massive jungle, filled with lions, hyenas, vultures, and eagles.  The hyenas cannot often catch prey on their own, so they wait for the lion to do the work for them, biding their time, all the while knowing that sooner or later, they will be able to find another animal to do the work for them.  In the real world it is no different, you may be working long and hard one something now, but invariably someone else will come along and benefit from your hard work and creativity.

So what is the key to power in regards to this law?  Essentially it is learning how to get others to do the work for you while taking (or sharing) the credit.  This will give you an aura of god-like strength and efficiency, and others will always gather around you for advice and help.  We all have our strengths and weaknesses, hire those around you who are skilled at this things that you are not.  Work as a team, or incorporate them under your name, and then their creativity and hard work become yours, while you become a genius to those around you.



"Writers who have delved into human nature, ancient masters of strategy, historians of human stupidity and folly, kings and queens who have learned the hard way how to handle the burdens of power - their knowledge is gathering dust, waiting for you to come and stand on their shoulders.  Their wit can be your wit, their skill can be your skill, and they will never come around to tell people how unoriginal you really are.  You can slog through life, making endless mistakes, wasting time and energy trying to do things from your own experience.  Or you can use the armies of the past.  As Bismarck once said, "Fools say that they learn by experience.  I prefer to profit by others' experience."

 Think about the people in power today, and how they are doing it.  Everyone can learn something from someone else, it is up to you whether or not to reach your true potential by putting everything on yourself, or allowing yourself to release some of that burden on others.

Mark Zukenberg and Facebook is a contemporary example of the truth that lies within this law of power.  No one is going to remember the Harvard twins on the rowing team who claimed that they had their idea stolen from them by Mark, the history books have already been written, and you can guess who is left smiling.  Even in the past, great men like Thomas Edison will not be remembered as the thief who stole Tesla's ideas, but instead a brilliant entrepreneur and business man.

"Everyone steals in commerce and industry.  I've stolen a lot myself.  But I know how to steal."
Thomas Edison, 1847-1931 


Last Words of Advice

Remember that there is a reversal to this rule.  Do not be openly trying to steal peoples ideas from their noses or you will likely get burned and shot down, and perhaps never trusted again.  If you don't even have any power base to begin with, it will appear that your are greedy and someone that cannot be trusted.  Make sure to play to your strengths, figure out how those around you can help you with your own weaknesses, and create a team filled with the experiences you've learned from all the failures around you, and it will be hard for you to lose.



38 comments:

honkhonkpt said...

Kind of jerk-ish, but still a pretty interesting post.

rarglol said...

This is great advice!

CookingManiac said...

Whoah, I'm realling digging the pictures, and I like the power theme throughout!

Radioactive said...

Tesla has one thing over Edison at least- he was played by David Bowie.

Ben Dover said...

Well it's not like we live in a jungle. A little bit of politeness is always good.

dzikrk said...

Nice advice!

Quinn Electronics said...

People that do not know how survive unless other people are doing work for them, only to take all the credit are the lowest of the low in the corporate world and life. When I find one of these people, I make it my mission to use every ounce of my energy and focus to personally take them down. I supervise techs that work as a successful team with everyone receiving credit where credit is due.

EGGDOOR said...

I'll have to incorporate this into my daily life. awesome!

Hemera said...

Interesting post, thanks.

SituationAbs said...

Definitely a thought provoking post!

Chris said...

good post - thank you

ChopperDave said...

That was pretty informative and cool!

The Mad Man said...

I agree with this article, it is a dog eat dog world and it can be tough! Oh and Tesla was the man!

MrD said...

Pretty interesting read. cant wait for the next one

Dan said...

meh, makes me feel like a jerk.

LD said...

and yet another interesting principle, it does sounds kinda bad at first ...

BökChöd said...

This is an awful piece of advice. I absolutely hate it when people take credit for my work and I make certain that if I am a contributing party that that is not abused. I often apply this to my parents who seem to take very much credit for the accomplishments of my life but seem to abandon me at my low points. So, I often say f*ck them. And if I'm willing to do that to them, I won't hesitate to do that to someone else. Moral rights can never be relinquished nor signed away.

Austin Da Silveira said...

great post, love Greene's work. I think this law makes a lot of people uncomfortable but to be honest one of the most important.

Phil McKracken said...

Good post!

RXD Gaming said...

Interesting info, thanks!

BLUERAD said...

@ Chode

Awful advice... Maybe for some, it's really about how you use it. Even the best advice with good intentions can cause someone to do terrible things.

I think its important to be aware of these laws of power because people use them everyday without even knowing completely what it is that they are doing

I appreciate your comments though regardless

Johnny Boy said...

I've run into my fair share of these types, best way to handles is ask them as much about the topic as possible in front of their superiors and watch them fall apart.

Longkid said...

Some nice tips you got here.

Charles Mockingbird said...

great advice... love ur blog man

The Angry Vegetarian said...

I hate people who do that. I've been around a lot of them. Usually I sit back and watch karma get the best of them, and if it doesn't before they're about to leave my life I make sure they pay for it.

Come At Me Bro said...

Nice info!

brendan said...

its like stealing but shady

brendan said...

its like stealing but shady

nick said...

most interesting post i read in a long time

ImmaFrog said...

Amazing post

Abe said...

I love your style!

Zalecodone said...

That's pretty sweet :D

T.dot said...

lmao wow, good post man this is great

ImmaFrog said...

amazing

Dooberry said...

I hate it when that happens.

kmartsmartsuperstar said...

Pretty awesome stuff!

ImmaFrog said...

amazing blog !

El Trombone said...

This is 100% true.