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“Most people see kindness as a weakness,”

So, you must be kind but full of strength.

The Mafia Manager authored by V(whose location, according to the book, is a guarded secret) is one of those rare books you sit in a cafe, down in a few hours, and then walk away feeling like you’ve been reborn.

The book was precisely written, and of course not for mama’s boys and girls. It contains several wisdom pins to navigate through a system that has zero space for weaknesses, flaws, and indecisiveness.

It is one of such books that gathers, as the author puts it, the knowledge and precepts of the ruthless bosses whose genius at organization and management contributed far more profitability and growth than did the brute strength.

The bedrock secret of success can be summarized as this: Find a place in the system where you manage others. To find such a place, if you start with no inherited wealth, you must be more intelligent, ambitious, and vigorous than your competition.

Once you find your place, you must be able to keep it, defend it against attack from your rivals, and improve upon it. Many will contend for your place because such places reward the holder inordinately. To hold it, you must be clearheaded – and (again) ruthless.

… V

Now, Listen…

some powerful axioms from the mafia manager

  1. If you’re going to walk on water, you have to know where the rocks are.
  2. If you must lie, be brief.
  3. The fish is killed by its open mouth.
  4. The eagle doesn’t hunt flies.
  5. When an arrow leaves the bow, it never returns.
  6. Money scammed is twice as sweet as money earned.
  7. A runaway nun always speaks ill of her convent.
  8. A handful of luck is worth more than a truckload of wisdom
  9. In a storm, pray to God but row for shore.
  10. Many words, many lies.
  11. The capo gives part of his plan to one, part to another, the whole to none.
  12. Boldness in business is the first thing – and the second – and the third.
  13. Make plans as complex as necessary, but give simple orders.
  14. The best armor is to keep out of range.
  15. He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.
  16. To finish sooner, take your time.
  17. If the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems look like nails.
  18. The wife of a careless man is almost a widow.
  19. If you are the anvil, be patient; if you are the hammer, strike.
  20. The wrong choice usually seems more reasonable.
  21. For peace, be ready for war.
  22. To deceive an enemy, pretend you fear him.
  23. The future is purchased with the present.
  24. Misfortune always comes in by the door that has been left open for them.
  25. Calm water may conceal sharks.
  26. Treat a stranger as a friend, but trust him as you would a stranger.
  27. Let your adversary talk. When he is finished, let him talk some more.
  28. Victories are always temporary; so are defeats.
  29. After a victory, sharpen your knife.
  30. Do business with strangers as if they were brothers, and with brothers as if they were strangers.
  31. Work smarter, not harder. Get others to do as much as they can for you.
  32. Give trouble makers the riskiest assignments and let them prove or disprove their worth.
  33. Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.
  34. There’s plenty of room at the top – though never enough to sit down.
  35. Every rule is an arbitrary border waiting to be crossed by adventurous people.
  36. Winning is not the best thing; it is the only thing.
  37. Always assume an opponent is lying. The acid test as to whether he is or not being – who benefits?
  38. Opportunity makes the thief; the thief who has no opportunity to steal considers himself an honest man.
  39. Promise little, deliver much.
  40. The only way to keep a secret is to say nothing.
  41. Better to cut the shoe than pinch the foot.
  42. Open your mouth and your wallet cautiously.
  43. Study the conventional wisdom, then shun it.
  44. Often you lose the bait when you catch the fish. This is a necessary loss.
  45. Don’t pluck a green apple; when it ripens it will fall off itself.
  46. Don’t use both feet to test the depth of the river.
  47. It takes a thousand blows to drive a nail in the dark.
  48. Promise little, deliver much.
  49. You can’t put a good edge on a bad steel
  50. Rather a donkey that carries than a horse that throws.
  51. Given enough time, nothing is accomplished.
  52. Sentiment is for suckers
  53. If you do not ask for their help, all men are good-natured.


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