Law 14: Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy


Knowing about your rival is critical. Use spies to gather valuable information that will keep you a step ahead. Better still: Play the spy yourself. In polite social encounters, learn to probe. Ask indirect questions to get people to reveal their weaknesses and intentions. There is no occasion that is not an opportunity for artful spying.

5 Reasons to Secretly Put the Clients’ Staff on Your Payroll

1. You will gain some valuable information.

2. You will know their comings and goings, changes in taste, and other such tidbits of information that will be priceless.

3. You will appear to be all knowing because you will be one step ahead of your competition.

4. Your knowledge of your mark can also make you seem charming, so well can you anticipate his desires.

5. No one sees the source of your power, and what they cannot see they cannot fight.

The Risks of Hiring Spies

· You have little control over the people who are doing the work.

· Perhaps they will ineptly expose your spying.

· They may secretly turn against you.

6 Tips on the Art of SPYING

1. Pose as a friend while secretly gathering information.
– People will think that you genuinely like them and mistake your interest as friendship.

2. Learn to possess the ability to suppress your thoughts in the conversation,
– Speak when only necessary.

3. Learn to make others talk endlessly about themselves.
– They will inadvertently reveal their intentions and plans.

4. Organize social gathering with people whom you are interested in knowing.
– This is when most people’s guards are down.

5. Stir up people’s emotions by contradicting them.
– In their emotional state they will reveal all kinds of truths about themselves, truths you can later use against them.

6. Give them a false confession.
– By pretending to bare your heart to another person, you make them more likely to reveal their own secrets.
– This can also be a test to see if you can trust the person with your secret and reveal their true character, loyalty and honesty.
– This kind of knowledge is often the most valuable to predict future actions.

The Risks of Spying Directly

· People may begin to suspect you are worming secrets out of them under the guise of conversation.
· Your search for gems of information cannot be too obvious.
· Your probing questions will reveal more about yourself and your intentions than about the information you hope to find about them.

Information is critical to power, but just as you spy on other people, you must be prepared for them to spy on you. One of the most potent weapons in the battle for information, then, is giving out false information. By feeding people wrong information, then, you gain a potent advantage. While spying gives you a third eye, disinformation puts out one of your enemy’s eyes. A Cyclops, he always misses his target.

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