Plenty of people will tell you how to be successful, but I am going to tell you how to be unsuccessful – and get away with it. You have been told, no doubt, that those in charge of the world know what they are doing.
This is nonsense, and we can take this as our starting point – they don’t know what they are doing, and this gives you ample opportunity to take advantage of them.
However, you must do something else first – make sure they really have power that is worth sharing. There are plenty of small-fry around that try to look powerful, but are not. Ignore them.
Your job is to carefully insert yourself, as high as possible, in a position of power. The trick is to find the right place, where you will not be seen as a threat to those above you – but still be powerful, in your own right.
To do this, you will have to be a keen observer of those in power – and of your own capabilities. A misstep here can set you back for years – if not permanently.
Perhaps this frank talk of power makes you nervous – it’s too scary. Take notice of this, and include it in your plans. If you want to be a small player – look for a small place to be. But carefully calibrate how small a place you want to be in.