I’m just kidding. You gotta love the French!
But knowing that you should often surrender to a more powerful competitor will help you collect power down the line.
Perhaps you have gone up against someone understanding that you’d never win? It’s not the path to power while it’s common for individuals to fight for glory against all odds. When confronted with the adversary more powerful than you, what exactly do you need to do?
Throw in the towel.
This might seem an unusual strategy, particularly since people automatically fight with their foes to guard themselves. But when a rival acts with aggression, he’ll expect one to react in exactly the same manner. In instances when you are aware the competition has you beat, surrender and your best move would be to do the reverse.
In case you convince your opponent that you so, or give up, it is possible to ensure he won’t provide significant damage. Not only this, but your competition, believing he’s won, will even let his guard down. You’ll possess a golden opportunity to recover your strength and plan the next move, when he does.
Consider the instance of Bertolt Brecht, a writer of ground-breaking, communist notions who immigrated to America to join other intellectuals.
While his fellow radicals caused a disturbance and challenged the power of Congress by being uncooperative and shouting, Brecht politely replied the questions and was composed.
And his tenacious buddies?
They were blacklisted, not able to release for a long time!
Build long term strength as an alternative to earning major sacrifices for short lived bouts of glory.