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Tactics in Life: Use Underestimation to Your Advantage

You know people have underestimated you when they’re surprised that you could do something that they never thought you had the capability or the will to do it.

To some extent it’s an insult when people underestimate you.  When this happens, your abilities are neither recognized nor respected.  Though, it’s entirely possible that people don’t know you enough to know what you’re capable of doing.  Either way when people underestimate you, this can be used to your advantage.

You have the element of surprise – This is your key advantage.  You can do perceptively great things and, done correctly, even get away with some nasty ones, because people were simply not expecting it from you.  The more people don’t know you, the more you can surprise and shock them.

When nobody is expecting something great from you and you deliver such, then your achievement will be even more magnified for the same reason.  Nobody expected something great to come from you; you are suddenly the dark horse that people now have to reckon with.  It’s easier to become an overnight sensation of sorts; to some degree it’ll be easier to reap greater praise and receive more appreciation for your efforts from people compared to those who are already expected to deliver great performances.

When you attack your enemies in a manner nobody thought you could do, then the shock and awe effect of your action is even greater because they never prepared to handle you at the level of pain you inflicted; it was as if you struck without warning, or something.  The damage is greater, and so is the fear you struck in their hearts, for the same reason.  If your enemies underestimate you so much then it’s even possible that they will be looking to blame someone else because they would find it incredulous that you could do such a thing.

There’s another advantage of sorts from suffering from the underestimation of people.  When you’re not known to be able to do a particular thing even if you’re more than capable of whatever that might be, then you’re not given the great and exciting opportunities related to it; this is obviously a bad thing.  However on a positive note, all such kinds of opportunities come with its own special kind of stress.  For what it’s worth, you’re spared from the pain that comes from such assignments.  Remember: The reward for good work is more work – and in this day and age, the work given to those counted in an organization’s list of “best people” only get more and more insane.  Sometimes, because people underestimate your abilities, you unwittingly avoid a world of pain – that’s always a good thing.

What is the counter-measure to the negative effects of underestimating people?  Find the time and make the effort to know people, and use that knowledge to your advantage.  Give them the benefit of the doubt and allow them the opportunity to surprise you by giving them the chance to work on difficult tasks.  Use and stretch their abilities to their breaking point, until they tell you they can no longer go any further.  And if you perceive someone as a threat then don’t take that person lightly no matter how insignificant a threat he seems to be – as appropriate, destroy him swiftly and completely.  The key point is this: Never underestimate people; aside from this being the right thing to do, it avoids a world of surprises, especially those that aren’t nice.

The next time people underestimate you, don’t feel too bad about it – use it to your advantage instead.  There is surprisingly a lot of power from being low-key.

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  1. March 18, 2016 at 9:12 pm
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