Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please and impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite - inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.
I felt like I was different and I didn't come from a time where I put my tail between my legs. I had two co-workers who had a Lexus and a BMW who purposely DID NOT drive their car to work because they did not want the backlash from him. He had the nerve to ask one co-worker (when she finally decided to bring her car to work) how can you afford this car, plus all the coach bags you get AND an iPhone????? Huh???
It got to the point where if he saw that you where happy, he did things, work wise to show you who "really" was in charge. Another example is when he tried to stop one of his employees from taking her yearly trip to Brazil. MINE YOU THIS IS WHERE THE LADY IS FROM!!! They all tried to tell me that I should just suck it up and just do my job, but I couldn't. I should have learned when I saw two of the ladies that were great at their job, but he was very intimidated by them and their lifestyle, get fired. I did not learn. So guess what happened to me when he found out I was accepted into law school...... LAID OFF. Apparently it was because my position was being eliminated. I was laid off on a Friday and on that Monday we (I mean they) had a new employee with a management title, WITH MY JOB DESCRIPTION. However everything happens for a reason. I could go on and on about the things that he did, but who knows, someone from my old job could be reading this and ...... Let's just keep this to about books. LOL Nevertheless, that was the best thing he could have ever done was to lay me off.
Now I know better. Now I know that I need to find ways of stroking my boss' ego without feeling like I am selling out.
I use the example of my old boss because that is exactly what Greene talks about in Law 1. Even though certain people may have a high standing in the workplace (or life in general), they want to feel secure in that position and superior to those around them. So when someone comes around displaying their gifts and talents (even if they are natural ones), they are more than likely to replace you with someone less intelligent, attractive and threatening. Now personally, I find that stupid because being someone with a big head, I feel like I am the best and I only want individuals around me who are the best or capable of getting to their best. How can someone want to be the best in what they do, but only want mediocre people around them? For some reason I can not quite understand it. I understand the boss being jealous, but why don't you use that emotion as fuel to be your best.
Law One also wants you to down play your natural talents/assets and never image you can do anything you want to because of the good relationship you have with your boss.
Greene suggest ways to turn this law to your advantage.