A Layman's Guide to Conquering the World
If you have not already, pick yourself up a copy of both and The 48 Laws of Power, make sure you read them, and take the concepts within to heart. I recommend these books to any aspiring businessman or politician, because they help to give you a leg up on the naivete of your competition. The game of power is not easy, it is not kind, nor is it forgiving and you need to leave your innocence and morals at the door if you wish to partake in any serious capacity. With that being said, let's delve into my guide to conquering nations. The Prince
Step 1: Become Flexible
Becoming flexible is one of the most important parts within the game of power that you could ever hope to master; it encompasses every other step and every fiber of your being both figurative and literal. You must be the pinnacle of flexibility in all you do, especially as it concerns morality, intelligence, honesty, and pride. If you are unable to adapt to every situation that comes your way, any situation at all, if you remain rigid in the face of forces that would bend any normal human, you'll soon see yourself breaking under the immense pressure.
If you are not inherently intelligent and knowledgeable then you must learn to be so, and if you are not capable of being flexible and doing away with rigidity then I advise you give up now. This is one of those situations where idealism will see you buried under the crushing weight of insignificance swiftly.
Step 2: Become Indispensable
Your flexibility and ability to adapt to any situation that comes your way is going to scare those beneath you, but stop looking down and realize that those above you are equally as fearful of your abilities. You are being observed by those in power constantly, especially as you begin to stand out from the crowd, and they'd sooner eliminate you than have you taking their seat at the table of power. Now is the time to prove that your superiors have more to gain from risking you replacing them than eliminating you completely.
Making yourself indispensable is hard, it is like a balancing act between looking too much like a total buffoon and outshining your masters to the point they feel threatened by you. In everything you do, ensure it suits your masters more than it suits yourself. If you take too many self-serving actions, biting the hands that feed you, you'll be considered dispensable no matter how much value you add to your superiors' pockets. Drop your pride and take a few to the chin, it isn't about winning every battle, it is all about winning the war and the war is never-ending.
Step 3: Know Your Enemies
This is one of the hardest steps, not because it is hard to determine who your enemies are in the game of power (everyone is your enemy), but because people do not understand how to make friends of enemies and the value of making friends your enemies. You need to learn your enemies inside and out, you need to know what makes them tick, and you need to know exactly where to hit them to make it hurt. The sooner you start your stockpile of ammunition against your enemies, the sooner you will see yourself skyrocketing up the ladder of power.
You know that guy who has been claiming credit for your work, the one who spends more time schmoozing with the higher-ups than he does working and somehow gets away with it? Get under his wings at any cost, so that you can clip them at his most vulnerable moments and take his spot. After you've clipped them and taken power for yourself, be the one to lift him back on his feet and make him your pawn.
Enemies have more value in the long-run than friends, learn how to balance the friend/foe relationship with everyone you meet. Everyone is out to climb the ladder, so you're better off with enemies you know are out to get you, than you are with friends who hide their true intentions.
Step 4: Make Yourself Public
The majority of the world is ignorant, they will believe anything they see and hear, make sure that you utilize this to your advantage. Ensure you use every form of social media, attend every big event, and always be active in every community you can be. Allegations of wrongdoing will always come your way, but if you are always doing positive things in the public eye then you can get away with murder.
Others are ignorantly drawn to the fame and influence of those who make themselves public, and the ones who understand the game you are playing won't care that you are playing as well. If you look good to the public, you look good to those in power, and thus you have created a power magnet. Don't look down on sycophants, nor lies for the purpose of looking good, these are tools in your toolkit not just your enemies'.
Everyone wants to be associated with, and acknowledged by public influencers, so make it a point to become one as soon as possible.
Are you ready to go out and conquer nations?
Step 5: Climb the Ladder of Power
I've given you the most basic tools necessary for climbing the ladder of power, and if you can master them then you'll have little to no issue conquering entire nations. Every step of the way is a fight, no matter which path to power you choose, and I expect that you've already left your humanity at the door. As you climb, make sure you continue to brush up on your skills, it is all too easy to get cocky and forget that the basics are what got you moving up the ladder to begin with.
One last piece of advice: No matter how high you climb on the ladder of power, always remember that there are those who can send you right back to the bottom! Apathy will be your demise.