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You can get away with a lot if you act like you know what you are doing.

This is understandable from a couple of different viewpoints.

One is that most people are uncertain.

This comes out in many social experiments.

The Ash Conformity tests show that people will go along with the crowd, even when they know what the crowd is doing is wrong.

A single test subject is given a simple visual problem.

Super easy.

But then that same test subject is put in a room with other "test subjects."

Those other "test subjects" are really part of the experiment.

They purposely choose the wrong answer to the simple question.

And 2/3 of the time, the real test subject goes right along with them.

This is social proof in action.

Most humans are strongly dependent on the human hierarchy.

Most humans, when around strangers don't automatically assume authority.

They put ten people in a room and give them a task.

One guy or gal ends up on top.

This means 9 out of 10 people look around for somebody to tell them what to do.

This means that MOST PEOPLE will not assume authority.

So if YOU assume authority, they'll just stay out of your way.

So when you ACT LIKE you know what you are doing, people will just ASSUME you know what you are doing.

They've done TONS of studies to indicate this.

Even the way we DRESS demonstrates this kind of authority.

For example, back before ATM cards were a thing, and people would write checks, they did this experiment.

They sent a bunch of dudes around town.

Half were dressed casually.

Jeans, t-shirts, collared shirts without ties, etc.

The other half were dressed professionally.

Business suits, etc.

ALL of them went to restaurants, ordered, ate, etc.

Then ALL of them tried to pay by check, and said they'd "forgotten" their ID.

MOST of the casually dressed dudes had problems.

"Uh, yeah, sorry, we need to see an ID to let you pay by check."

FEW of the suit wearing dudes had issues.

"Yes, sir, that shouldn't be a problem."

Moral of the story?

Act with authority and you can get away with a lot.

No, you won't be able to roll into a bank, wearing a nice suit and waltz into the vault and stroll on out with a duffel bag full of cash.

But most people WILL defer to you in most situations.

Particularly social situations when most people are only PRETENDING to not be dying on the inside from social anxiety.

Now, how do you RADIATE authority in these situations?

You could PRETEND, and wear expensive clothing, etc.

Or you could radiate DEEP and ANCIENT authority.

Delivered by your voice.

Humans have been SPEAKING to one another for tens of thousands of years.

Wearing fancy clothes?

Not so much.

Get REAL authority:


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