Get Others To Do The Work For You, But Always Take The Credit
At least, so says Robert Greene in his borderline evil self-help tome, The 48 Laws of Power.
He continues, "In the end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered."
Mr. Greene breaks this principle down into two life lessons:
1) The credit for an invention or creation is as important, if not more important, than the invention itself. You must secure the credit for yourself and keep others from stealing it away.
2) Second, learn to take advantage of other people's work to further your own cause. Time i precious and life is short. If you try to do it all on your own, you run yourself ragged, waste energy, and burn yourself out. It is far better to conserve your forces, pounce on the work others have done, and find a way to make it your own.
As a funny side note. President-Elect Donald Trump is a proud proponent of Machiavellian strategies. One of these is the one mentioned above, "Always Take The Credit."
During the early part of his campaign, Trump constantly promoted the book The Art of the Deal. He said it was the #2 book in the world, only behind The Bible. But once the real author of the book came forward in the national media, Tony Schwartz, and started revealing the facts behind the creation of the book, Trump wasn't so keen on pushing it in his rallies.
One of the things Tony Schwartz brought to light was that he was the one he came up with the title The Art of the Deal. Trump to this day acts like the title is a stroke of genius from his own brain. He is - what Robert Greene would call - taking the credit.
But the image below shows Trump not only didn't create the title - he didn't like it!
Donald Trump circled Tony Schwartz's proposed name for their book The Art of the Deal and commented: "Tony - BAD NAME."
Even though he did not write the book at all, nor liked the title, to this day he takes credit for the book being so well received.
So if there's any lesson in this blog post it's that you can bluster, goof, be wrong, and lie as much as you want - so long as it's part of your persona.