Techniques for succeeding in life
You don’t have to necessarily like them, but occasionally it’s a good idea to study and learn from the people who seem to make an art-form of holding on to power.
Find your own style
Looking or sounding a bit different is often an advantage - people will remember you. If you always play it safe, there’s a danger that you’ll come across as being a bit bland or beige.
Do what you say you’re going to do
It’s hard not to respect someone who does what they say they’re going to do. Consistency is obviously key here - you can’t deliver on some things but not others. A reputation for keeping your promises can be quickly lost if you start taking the easy option.
Create the narrative
It can be difficult to create any momentum around what you’re trying to do if you’re always on the back-foot, the defensive, always responding or reacting to events around you. Try to be the one that people are talking about - lead with a bold proposal and let others try and catch up with your program of action.
Nurture your cheerleaders
Whatever you’re trying to achieve, it’s helpful to have a few loyal supporters that can always be relied on to support your actions and ideas. Getting some immediate, positive PR behind whatever you’re working on can help build a sense of purpose.
Don’t lose sight of who you are
It might be tempting to sacrifice a few principles for some short-term gains, but always keep one eye on your legacy. How will history remember you? What will people say about you after you’ve gone? Are your decisions enhancing your reputation or will your expediency cost you in the long-run?
Don’t be too predictable, too safe, too obvious. Keep people on their toes, keep people guessing. If you can be more than what people expect you to to be then you’re already at an advantage.