Power: Never outshine the master

Most entrepreneurs will tell you how hard it is for them to work for someone else.

They want to set their own hours, make the decisions, run the show.

Entrepreneurs are often black sheep in the workplace.

More accurately, they’re shepherds who look out of place when playing the sheep’s role.

I’m a polite, soft-spoken kid. I want to please. I was never a troublemaker before I entered the workforce.

From my first job in journalism to this day, I’ve been a lightning rod for controversy.

Being passionate about something and letting another person take the reins with it is hard.

In the past, I’ve made the mistake of trying to outshine people above me.

That approach, as egotistic as I felt about it at the time, is immature and the mark of an amateur.

Now I’m channeling the 48 laws of power.

With time, I hope to go through all the ones relevant to my life.

I highly recommend picking up the book The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.


Law 1: Never outshine the master

“Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please and 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.”

No boss will be impressed with you for outshining him, even if you believe you’re showing how good and what an asset to the organization you are.

Make the boss look good.

Give credit for success to your boss, assume fault for mistakes yourself.

Swallow your pride and realize the mature approach is to overpower emotions.

We all have a story of someone we used to work with we considered a total brown-noser to the boss. That person probably got promoted over us, too.

It’s not being a sucker to know your role.

I think this is a hard one for any born entrepreneur to do.

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