As the circle narrows, animosities within it become sharper. Rivalries become more intense: for now, all that each has to do is to do two or three in, and he has the top job. Lust is rationalised: “But you have to have fire in the belly. Otherwise you shouldn’t be in this game.”
Insatiable ambition triggers unquenchable greed.
That greed incites unremitting jealousy.
And that compels ruthless maneuvers.
As others play by the rules, the one who has shed all scruple triumphs. A vital resource turns out to be the rivals’ respective reach into cabals beyond the party. The one who can garner more money from prospectors; the ventriloquist who can malign through surrogates and thereby frighten others in the circle — as he has a mass-base among half a dozen journalists; this kind of reach proves decisive.
When I teach time management, I always start with the same question: How many of you have too much time and not enough to do in it? In ten years, no one has ever raised a hand.
That means we start every day knowing we're not going to get it all done. So how we spend our time is a key strategic decision. That's why it's a good idea to create a to do list and an ignore list. The hardest attention to focus is our own.
But even with those lists, the challenge, as always, is execution. How can you stick to a plan when so many things threaten to derail it? How can you focus on a few important things when so many things require your attention?
We need a trick.
Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru, knows all about tricks…He has one trick that I believe is his real secret power.
It's easy for us who are educated and informed and have access to erudite opinions and analysis to forget that there is a huge mass of people at the bottom of the pyramid who react by emotion rather than reason. If this weren't so, we wouldn't have history-sheeters, dons and other assorted criminals as well as those who are openly corrupt and incompetent, winning election after election all over the country.