Law 1: Never OutshineThe Master


Always make those above you feel
comfortably superior. In your desire to
please or 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. King Louis XIV and his
Finance Minister Fouquet
In 17th century France, Finance
Minister Nicholas Fouquet had spent
enormous sums in building a
magnificent château on his estate of
Vaux-le-Vicomte . He then threw a
lavish party to show off his
connections, cultivated manner and
charm. Thinking this move would
make him an indispensable asset to
the king, Fouquet had actually
offended his master who did not like
the fact people were more charmed by
his finance minister than by him. He
unintentionally outshone his master,
King Louis XIV, making the King feel
insecure. In 1661, at age 23, Louis XIV
visited Vaux-le-Vicomte, the country
estate of his finance minister, Nicolas
Fouquet, and was outraged by its
magnificence. The King found a
convenient excuse to get rid of
Fouquet who then spent the next 20
years of his life in prison. King Louis
XIV went ahead to build Palace of
Versailles which was much more
grander and lavish than the Chateau
built by Fouquet to display his charms
and connections.
How Galileo used the Law in his
Galileo was clever in observing this
law by giving glory to his patrons. In
order to solve his perennial problem of
funding, he dedicated his discovery of
the moons of Jupiter to the Medici,
since the royal symbol of the Medici
family was the planet Jupiter. He then
commissioned an emblem for them,
with each moon representing one of
the sons who revolved around the
patriarch. The Medici family became
his major patron, appointing him their
official court mathematician and
philosopher, thereby giving him a more
comfortable life and a steady salary.
• Present your ideas in a way that they
echo your boss’s thought
• Act less smarter than your boss
• Do not take your position at work or
in life for granted
• Always make sure to make it seem
like you want to seek the superior’s
expertise and advice. Discreet flattery
is very powerful.

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8 Responses

  1. Konmight

    Thanks for the lecture Boss. Meanwhile, in the next update don’t forget to clarify how Ikenna slapped you while you were talking to the Reverened Father on phone in your appartment. He couldn’t have flown into your apartment with his crew nah. Well done Boss.

    • Ikenna slapped Zuby in/at the market while they (Zuby and Maria) were still buying food items; read that part very well.

  2. Konmight go back and read the post. He mentioned that he and maria left the apartment and went to the Bijlmer port to buy some things. It was there that he answered the call !

  3. Thanks Berta

  4. @konmight se na nose u dey take read abi na eyes?can’t u read btw d lines ir are u a learner?

  5. Laws of Power. Ride on Zubby.

  6. Konmight

    Kaybaba, this is not nairaland. So, no dey carry am for head like afro. The Boss is not complaining. Thank you.

  7. Tanx for dis laws of power. I need it more.

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