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A Layman's Guide to Conquering the World

Politics used to be a great interest of mine, now I prefer analyzing the roots rather than the symptoms.

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If you have not already, pick yourself up a copy of both The 48 Laws of Power and The Prince, make sure you read them, and take the concepts within to heart. I recommend these books to any aspiring businessman or politician, because they help to give you a leg up on the naivete of your competition. The game of power is not easy, it is not kind, nor is it forgiving and you need to leave your innocence and morals at the door if you wish to partake in any serious capacity. With that being said, let's delve into my guide to conquering nations.

Step 1: Become Flexible

Becoming flexible is one of the most important parts within the game of power that you could ever hope to master; it encompasses every other step and every fiber of your being both figurative and literal. You must be the pinnacle of flexibility in all you do, especially as it concerns morality, intelligence, honesty, and pride. If you are unable to adapt to every situation that comes your way, any situation at all, if you remain rigid in the face of forces that would bend any normal human, you'll soon see yourself breaking under the immense pressure.

If you are not inherently intelligent and knowledgeable then you must learn to be so, and if you are not capable of being flexible and doing away with rigidity then I advise you give up now. This is one of those situations where idealism will see you buried under the crushing weight of insignificance swiftly.

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Step 2: Become Indispensable

Your flexibility and ability to adapt to any situation that comes your way is going to scare those beneath you, but stop looking down and realize that those above you are equally as fearful of your abilities. You are being observed by those in power constantly, especially as you begin to stand out from the crowd, and they'd sooner eliminate you than have you taking their seat at the table of power. Now is the time to prove that your superiors have more to gain from risking you replacing them than eliminating you completely.

Making yourself indispensable is hard, it is like a balancing act between looking too much like a total buffoon and outshining your masters to the point they feel threatened by you. In everything you do, ensure it suits your masters more than it suits yourself. If you take too many self-serving actions, biting the hands that feed you, you'll be considered dispensable no matter how much value you add to your superiors' pockets. Drop your pride and take a few to the chin, it isn't about winning every battle, it is all about winning the war and the war is never-ending.

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Step 3: Know Your Enemies

This is one of the hardest steps, not because it is hard to determine who your enemies are in the game of power (everyone is your enemy), but because people do not understand how to make friends of enemies and the value of making friends your enemies. You need to learn your enemies inside and out, you need to know what makes them tick, and you need to know exactly where to hit them to make it hurt. The sooner you start your stockpile of ammunition against your enemies, the sooner you will see yourself skyrocketing up the ladder of power.

You know that guy who has been claiming credit for your work, the one who spends more time schmoozing with the higher-ups than he does working and somehow gets away with it? Get under his wings at any cost, so that you can clip them at his most vulnerable moments and take his spot. After you've clipped them and taken power for yourself, be the one to lift him back on his feet and make him your pawn.

Enemies have more value in the long-run than friends, learn how to balance the friend/foe relationship with everyone you meet. Everyone is out to climb the ladder, so you're better off with enemies you know are out to get you, than you are with friends who hide their true intentions.

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Step 4: Make Yourself Public

The majority of the world is ignorant, they will believe anything they see and hear, make sure that you utilize this to your advantage. Ensure you use every form of social media, attend every big event, and always be active in every community you can be. Allegations of wrongdoing will always come your way, but if you are always doing positive things in the public eye then you can get away with murder.

Others are ignorantly drawn to the fame and influence of those who make themselves public, and the ones who understand the game you are playing won't care that you are playing as well. If you look good to the public, you look good to those in power, and thus you have created a power magnet. Don't look down on sycophants, nor lies for the purpose of looking good, these are tools in your toolkit not just your enemies'.

Everyone wants to be associated with, and acknowledged by public influencers, so make it a point to become one as soon as possible.

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Step 5: Climb the Ladder of Power

I've given you the most basic tools necessary for climbing the ladder of power, and if you can master them then you'll have little to no issue conquering entire nations. Every step of the way is a fight, no matter which path to power you choose, and I expect that you've already left your humanity at the door. As you climb, make sure you continue to brush up on your skills, it is all too easy to get cocky and forget that the basics are what got you moving up the ladder to begin with.

One last piece of advice: No matter how high you climb on the ladder of power, always remember that there are those who can send you right back to the bottom! Apathy will be your demise.

Comments

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 06, 2020:

Hahahaha, I look forward to you sitting upon your throne, AL! Thanks for reading!

AL from South Equator, East Pacific on April 06, 2020:

I have been reading a lot of Sun Tzu's-Art of War, a masterclass military treatise dedicated to the strategic art of conquest. I'll definitely add this article to my arsenal. I intend to conquer the world early next year.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 06, 2020:

Thank you for reading, Mitara, and may we continue to strive for the side of good!

Mitara N from South Africa on April 06, 2020:

"Drop your pride and take a few to the chin, it isn't about winning every battle, it is all about winning the war and the war is never-ending".

Definitely tools to live by, been there done that, got the T-shirts and still continue defining and tackling in every stride... the never-ending war of good vs evil.

Thank you for sharing an insightful article.

Take care and be safe

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 05, 2020:

I sent you an email, Kyler. You and I have a lot in common, yet we're of different eras. Perhaps that's why I connect with you.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 05, 2020:

2nd through 6th grade christian school for me, I got suspended for my mouth at least once per month. By the end of 6th grade I think I spent more time suspended than I did in school.

All the more reason to teach the wisdom of these disgusting tactics, just as people would use them against you and others, by learning the masks people wear to cover heinous behavior you can avoid them altogether.

I suppose you could say I view the wisdom behind disgusting people, religious/political/con-artist types, through rose-colored glasses of my own. Where honesty, kindness, love, and acceptance cannot protect me, I'm equally ready to defend those who will not defend themselves from people who only respond to this heinous behavior.

Someone has to do these jobs, we cannot look down on those who give it their best shot, even if it is inevitable that they fall short and get greedy.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 05, 2020:

Kyler, I'm an Idealist at heart. I know you have strong feelings about that, but it's kept me alive. I've worn proverbial rose-colored glasses all my life. It's helped me overcome and survive rape, drug addiction, and every negative that has come my way and tried to knock me down.

Politicians are liars and religion judges. I went to Catholic school from 3rd thru 8th grade. I received an education far beyond what public schools offered, but butted heads with the nuns about what was written in the Bible. Some things are just pure bullshit or born of hallucinogens. Period. Amen of my story - at least this one.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 05, 2020:

Absolutely, a rule I wish were still regularly accepted: "Don't discuss religion and politics."

Nowadays it dominates nearly every thought, and even further laces every conversation with its connotations. I hate, hate, hate it.

Nonetheless, you're either a practitioner of these tactics or you're the victim of them. Very hard to avoid them without dropping off the face of the planet, thus I value the wisdom in it. We can't all be naturals, flowing through life with ease, sometimes you have to get your hands dirty.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 05, 2020:

Kyler, I hate politics. I avoid conversations on that and religion. I've had a philosophy all my life that I've tried to pass on to my son. In a nutshell it's this: do what you have to do, then you have the freedom to do what you want to do. Meaning, keep your nose clean and no one of authority has any reason to delve into your life. I think you know what I mean without having to say it in print.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 05, 2020:

I'm happy you feel that I've offered helpful insights, personally, I learned all these things when I still aspired to be a politician. Now I remain up to date to protect myself from shysters, to remain effective tactically and unconventionally, and to add more layers to my writings especially as it concerns developing my own universe. So important to immerse in the darker side of things, just as it is to immerse in the light, but considering your vast experience I don't even need to tell you that.

Thanks for reading!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 05, 2020:

Kyler, I have no desire for power other than power over my own life. I'm doing pretty well in that aspect. And I don't want to climb anybody's ladder other than my own, nor do I want to be in the limelight.

However, for those who do, you've offered tremendous insight and food for thought.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 05, 2020:

I have used that quote from Bruce Lee in my previous article, "How to Define the Self" or whatever it is I called it. Absolutely wonderful quote.

As for being number two, that has its downsides as well, and I wish I could do this topic more justice without creating a novel. Trying to keep it layman. In being number two you often act like a teacher, an adviser, and the one you teach or advise often feels they earned their winnings and position. They come to resent you, so in remaining number two we must frequently replace number one, lest they get cocky and feel they don't need it.

Such an amazing topic with so many facets that it takes a life time to even scratch the surface. Thank you for your input, Mr. Happy, just like you I wanted to be a ruler, but I learned I'm more a brick wall than I am a waterfall.

Stay safe, and good hunting!

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on April 05, 2020:

"If you are unable to adapt to every situation that comes your way, any situation at all, if you remain rigid in the face of forces that would bend any normal human, you'll soon see yourself breaking under the immense pressure." - Bruce Lee said: “You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

"Drop your pride and take a few to the chin" - Very sensible advice here. Developing hard skin, like a rhino certainly helps. Can't let little things bother us, it's not practical.

"You need to learn your enemies inside and out, you need to know what makes them tick, and you need to know exactly where to hit them to make it hurt." - I do not use the word enemies. I'm a hunter so, there's pray out there. To hunt one needs to know all the habits of the prey. Have to know its stregths and its weaknesses. I don't hunt humans though, unlike "business people". I do have morals.

"Allegations of wrongdoing will always come your way, but if you are always doing positive things in the public eye then you can get away with murder." - Haha!! Yes, deception is a powerfull tool. A rotten one but nonetheless powerfull.

I do not like to be in the spotlight. I like the advantage of surprise and I prefer quickness. One has to come-out like a lightning bolt and then melt away into oblivion.

"I expect that you've already left your humanity at the door." - Never expect anything in Life. It will only bring You grief.

"No matter how high you climb on the ladder of power, always remember that there are those who can send you right back to the bottom!" - So, that's the problem with being "numer one". There will always be Egos out there who will want to bring You down from your pedestal. One has to always defend the number one spot because of the attraction it brings. I prefer the shadows. They do the protecting and I just have to sit and watch. Number two is perfectly fine with me.

Alrighty, interesting article You have here. There's a recording of me at a very young age saying that I wanted to be "Emperor" when I grew-up. Haha!!

All the best!!

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