Encountering fools:-Chapter IV: Social Intelligence

Suffer fools gladly

“In the course of your life, you will be continually encountering fools. There are simply too many to avoid. We can classify people as fools by the following rubric:when it comes to practical life, what should matter is long-term results, and getting the work done in as efficient and creative a manner as possible. That should be the supreme value that guides people’s actions. But fools carry with them a different scale of values.They place more importance on short-term matters-grabbing immediate money, getting attention from the public or media, and looking good. They are ruled by their ego and insecurities….You can distinguish them by how little work they get done, or by how hard they make it for others to get results. They lack a certain common sense, getting worked up about things that are not really important while ignoring problems that will spell doom in the long run…

when encountering fools, you must adopt the following strategy: they are simply a part of life, like rocks or furniture…This will allow you to smile at their antics, to tolerate their presence as you would a silly child, and to avoid the madness of trying to change them…If they are causing you trouble, you must neutralize the harm they do by keeping a steady eye on your goals and what is important, and ignoring them if you can…”

MASTERY: by Robert Greene
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