The Art of the Con

I am sure you have met them, the person that never seems to fail at anything, be it family, school, or business. The person is usually forceful in their speech and doesn??Ÿ?¦Ÿ??t like to take ??Ÿ?¦?no??Ÿ?¦? for an answer (unless it??Ÿ?¦Ÿ??s what they are wanting.)

The person usually walks away with the physical part of what they want, but I don??Ÿ?¦Ÿ??t believe they get what they really want ??Ÿ?¦?? respect. I have to admit that there are times that I watch this type of event unfold and wonder what it would be like to have the kuhones to pull it off. It just isn??Ÿ?¦Ÿ??t me.

There are different types of cons. Those that are intended to rip people off; those that just pull the wool over our eyes; and, those that may be unintended. We all know that there have been dozens of high profile cons during the past two years. We have seen everyone from Bernie Madoff to locals who have created their own cons. They have mastered the ??Ÿ?¦?art of the con.??Ÿ?¦?

Another individual that may have the ??Ÿ?¦?art of the con??Ÿ?¦? at his fingertips is Donald Trump. I remember first hearing about the Donald in high school. I was interested in making money and he had a great story to tell. I read his book, which had some interesting information, and some ideas of how he made his first million.

Through the years, I have watched him from a distance and it appears that the same tactics are used nearly every time ??Ÿ?¦?? a lot of bravado and then berating anyone that contradicts him. Does he win sometimes? Yes. Does he lose sometimes? Yes. Do we hear about the losses? Briefly. Part of the ??Ÿ?¦?art of the con??Ÿ?¦? is the ability to spin bad outcomes in a way that places the blame on someone else which allows the person to continue on.

The con may not always be intentional. However, I believe that for a person who has a history of such activity, they most likely know the outcome.

I don??Ÿ?¦Ÿ??t believe that this ??Ÿ?¦?art??Ÿ?¦? is relegated to business people. I believe it is also a part of life for politicians whether they want it to be or not. Many of them may not be as smooth as the Donald or Bernie Madoff, but they are still using the ??Ÿ?¦?art of the con??Ÿ?¦? to suit their desires.

Often times, politicians con us with scare tactics to get us to overlook their real record ??Ÿ?¦?? ??Ÿ?¦?if I am not there to serve you, you will lose all of the power that I have ??Ÿ?¦????Ÿ?¦? ??Ÿ?¦?Don??Ÿ?¦Ÿ??t ask me what I have done for you. Let me tell you what I am going to do to you.??Ÿ?¦?

We need to recognize people who use the ??Ÿ?¦?art of the con??Ÿ?¦? and make these people less relevant. Who is relevant? I believe a person, whether a businessman, politician, or someone looking for work should have a story to tell. But, that story should be part of their convictions and soul. It is something to fall back on to buoy you up when times are tough. That story is something that can take you from point A to point B and not leave a trail of devastation in your rear view mirror. These are the people that I feel should be relevant.

What is your story?


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