Rule 6. Never boast – Let your importance be quietly obvious.
“Count” Victor Lutsig, a famous confidence man of the 1920’s, is credited with the composition of the ten commandments of a con-artist. This particular rule is drawn from those ten admonitions (incidentally, it is among the few honest commandments).
Boasting leads inevitably to one’s own destruction. A man who opens his mouth to praise himself is more often going to put his foot in it. Self-worship and self-praise are dangerous actions, indulged most frequently by the insecure. A man who feels the need to remind everyone of his own importance can get very annoying very rapidly.
For the confidence man, his profession requires making the other person feel important, to sing their praises, not his own. The targeted mark is drawn to the confidence man because of the confidence they can see in him, their own insecurity cloaked by the con artist’s reassurance.
There is something delightfully pleasing in seeing someone confident in their own powers. The confident man (not to be confused with confidence man) has no doubt of his skills and has no reason to praise himself. He proves himself by his actions, not merely empty words. It is to this man most look to for comfort, for security and reassurance, counting them as more trustworthy than others.
Many men boast; the great do it to their injury, and the foolish to their folly. Regardless of one’s position in life, boasting brings about more sorrow than happiness and more irritation than admiration.
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