Donald Trump and Winning Through Intimidation

Posted on February 22, 2016 by Robert Ringer


Horrid Hillary’s latest embarrassing moment came in response to Scott Pelley’s question, “Have you always told the truth?” Looking as though Uncle Bernie had rammed a cold metal rod up into that area of Hillary where the sun don’t shine, she awkwardly answered, “I’ve always tried to.” It brought back memories of that charming old sexual predator from the past who not-so-cleverly answered a pointed question about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky with, “It depends upon what the meaning of the word is is.”

But I don’t want to pick on the Clinton’s here. Hillary already has enough problems to contend with, especially those that are being brewed by her admirers at Comey & Co. The fact is that lying is an integral part of politics. Cruz accuses Trump and Rubio of lying. Trump and Rubio accuse Cruz of lying. And all of them are probably right.

Then there’s the media, which, on the whole, is probably at least as dishonest as the average politician. A large number of media types relish in dealing in distortions, misleading information, and outright lies (sometimes lies through omission, other times by quoting people out of context). Some of the worst offenders include Glenn Beck, Rachel Maddow, and Chris Matthews, all of whom could be legitimately described as psychopathic liars.

Which brings me to Donald Trump. While I’m not an apologist for Trump, and find him to be his own worst enemy by sometimes saying things that come across as mean-spirited, I can sympathize with him when it comes to media dishonesty. The aforementioned Glenn Beck leads the way on painting Trump as the reincarnation of Jack the Ripper, but there are many other anchors and contributors on all three networks and the cable news channels — not to mention publications like National Review and The Weekly Standard — who clearly are on a crusade to destroy Trump.

Which brings me to an article you may have read in the August 2015 issue of Forbes titled “Donald Trump Wins Through Intimidation.” (You may have to search Forbes’ site to get to the article, because the magazine constantly changes its links.) I didn’t mention the article until now, because I long ago tired of defending myself against media lies. But with lying now such a popular topic in the news, I thought perhaps it’s a good time for me to vent.

In his article, Forbes contributor Steve Denning went into a lengthy tirade of half-truths, out-of-context quotes, and outright lies to make his case that books like Winning Through Intimidation are the cause of a lack of civility in today’s political debates. (He also discusses another book, Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win, which I cannot comment on because I have never read it.)

Not surprisingly, it was the same old claptrap stuff the media has said about Winning Through Intimidation for years. You can read the full article on Forbes’ website and judge for yourself, but following are a few examples from the article that make my point about the media’s reckless disregard for the truth.

Example No. 1: “It (Winning Through Intimidation) starts from a sour view of human nature.”

My comment: Wrong. I have never said, nor implied, that I have a sour view of human nature. What I pride myself on is having an accurate view of human nature. But I certainly have a “sour view” (negative view is probably a more appropriate term) of some people with whom I have dealt over the years. And unless you’re divine, I’d venture to guess that you have as well.

Example No. 2: ““The world, says Ringer, is full of jerks.”

My comment: Wrong. I have never said, nor implied, that “the world is full of jerks.” But I certainly have noticed that there are a lot of jerks in the world — and Mr. Denning appears to be among that group.

Example No. 3: “Human beings are basically rotten to the core.”

My comment: Wrong. I have never said, nor implied, that human beings (which implies all human beings) are basically rotten to the core. Some human beings are rotten to the core, of course, but I do my best to avoid interacting with such people and have always urged my readers to do the same. There are more than enough good people in the world to deal with, so, as I have said so often, dealing with “rotten” people isn’t necessary.

Example No. 4: “Basically, Ringer says, everyone else is dishonest.”

My comment: Wrong. I have never said, nor implied, that everyone is dishonest. Denning bases this whopper on a gigantic and disingenuous leap from a point I made in my book, i.e., when it comes to being paid a commission that’s owed to you, the last thing in the world you’re interested in hearing from the person who is supposed to pay that commission is a long-winded speech on how honest he is.

A self-serving speech on honesty is not a satisfactory substitute for getting paid. All you want is for him to pay you your commission!

I find great comfort in the words of Ayn Rand whenever this kind of truth-twisting pops up in the media: “Freedom comes from seeing the ignorance of your critics and discovering the emptiness of their virtue.”

Nevertheless, here’s the biggest problem with lies: The more outrageous the lie, and the more often it is repeated, the more people are likely to believe it. That’s not being pessimistic, just realistic.

In politics, this is especially true, because a large percentage of the electorate has such a small bank of knowledge. That’s why, going forward, the GOP candidate who proves to be the most adept at exposing lies in a way that the average person can easily understand will have a decided advantage over the rest of the field.

Finally, while lying is a special problem in politics, the unfortunate reality is that everyone, to one extent or another, has to deal with lies in both their business and personal life. That being the case, it’s a good idea to decide, in advance, the best way to handle lies.

Going all the way back to what I wrote in my second book, Looking Out for #1, unless you’re a politician, I still believe that the best response to slander and defamation is no response at all. If someone mentions something untrue that someone has said about you, state the facts — in a calm, clear, and brief manner — then stop. The worst possible way to handle a lie is to drone on endlessly about it and risk coming across as the lady who protests too much.

Above all, never be guilty of displaying self-righteous indignation. It doesn’t work with people who have IQs above 70. If you know that what’s been said about you is untrue, a good tonic is to look in the mirror and say to yourself, “If my hands are clean, and my cause is just, and my demands are reasonable, I have nothing to worry about.” Then move on with your life.

It works for me, and I’ve had to deal with a whole lot of Steve Dennings in my life.

Robert Ringer

Robert Ringer is an American icon whose unique insights into life have helped millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of two New York Times #1 bestselling books, both of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time.

55 responses to “Donald Trump and Winning Through Intimidation”

  1. John Eslinger says:

    Boy RR, you get it everytime the best I can tell! Your's and Napoleon Hill set the stage for the basics in my life long effort to be successful, way back when. My world wide network will vouch for a reasonable amount of that effort. Of course, I now wish I would have paid even closer attention to the details, but Hind Sight is always 20/15. I do work at it on an hourly basic. THANK BOTH OF YOU AND DON'T STOP!

  2. Alain Burrese says:

    Great article! Thanks for the advice on dealing with those that lie about you. I've had to deal with two individuals this last year and I've done what you suggest, ignore them and drive on with what I do. This reinforces what I've been doing is the best course of action. Keep up the great work, it is appreciated.

    • Don says:

      Liberals basically are pathological liars. Doesn't matter whether they're actually speaking of faking numbers to make their case like their polls.

  3. Steve says:

    Pore ol' Hillary! She's lied so much that now, even when she sort of tries to tell the truth, she just can't manage it. She can have her multi- millions, I'll just keep my dignity and self-respect.

    • Don says:

      Agreed. AND actually, I don't ever remember truth from any Clinton

      • Nasdaq7 says:

        The Clintons heartily embraced that Middle East Nobel Peace Prize winner well before the Israeli delegation and a lot of US manufacturing jobs went overseas to China as the Clintons signed and implemented their trade deals far too quickly for most US businesses to adapt.

  4. larajf says:

    It's amazing how people are trying to pull others down into the muck through whatever means possible, including lies. I was shocked during Super Bowl season that people wanted the Panthers to lose to show them up because they were too good. Whatever happened to admiring someone doing something right and wanting to model some behaviors after them? You, Robert, are one of my beacons of courage and integrity and I will continue to model that.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      Thank you for your kind comments.

      • Kailash says:

        Hi Robert, I learned so much from your book and then to read the Steve Dennings article was a shock! He portrayed such a negative view of your book, that initially I didn't confront the fact that he is being a typical journalist, who wants to shock people to make his living! So unnecessary! Thank you for this article and your personal integrity!

  5. Kevan Rowlee says:

    RR's wisdom shines through in this article.

  6. Reality Seeker says:

    " I still believe that the best response to slander and defamation is no response at all. If someone mentions something untrue that someone has said about you, state the facts — in a calm, clear, and brief manner — then stop. "

    I disagree. We now live in a reality in which you and I and Trump better know how to counter punch with heavy body blows and knockout punches to the jaw. Trump is an excellent example of a counter puncher. Did you see how Trump beat the snot out of Bush? What if Trump "ignored" the attacks? Trump would have ended up like Ron Paul, e.g., the butt of Washington jokes: "Ron Paul, the kooky old racist". Remember that? Remember how the insiders viciously attacked a very polite Ron Paul? They cheated Ron Paul over and over again. The audience was stacked with insiders. The votes we're miscounted. The GOP attack dogs were unleashed against Ron Paul. And it worked, then, but not this time. This time the insiders face Trump.

    Trump is a brawler.

    You don't call Trump names unless you want a kick in the nuts. That's life. That's the world we live in. The 50s is gone. Forever.

    Trump is a marketing genius. He feeds off of conflict and drama. He reminds me of Andrew Jackson who said, "I was born for a storm and a calm is not in me". Jackson lived for a fight. He was the guy you wanted to send to Washington to kick ass. Trump is, too. Trump has, like Jackson had, MAJOR faults. Trump is a Caesar. And America is an empire. Trump is the near-perfect man for the job of running an empire. As apposed to Ron Paul, who would have been a great man to run a constitutional republic.

    Actually, on the other hand, you're right on your advice that Trump has to start acting more presidential. If Trump wants to close the biggest deal in his life, Trump is going to have to make a transition and show the sheepish dimwits who vote that his verbiage can change into a that of cultured gentleman when called upon to do so.

    Trump won't be intimidated. I'm going to miss Jeb getting his shit pushed in by Trump, but Marco Polo is next. So it's going to be fun watching the upcoming political death match. It's up to Marco Rubio to slay Trump. And Marco Rubio is going to have to somehow do some real damage to take down The Donald.

    I loved reading "Winning Through Intimidation" , by the way, and it was one of the best books ever written on the 70s and 80s reality. "Looking Out For Number One" is my all-time favorite. Every young person should read that book.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      I agree with almost all of your analysis. In politics, which is a game amongst criminals, you have to fight back. No question about that. But I was referring to normal life when I said that the best strategy is to ignore slanderers.

      Thanks for your comments about WTI and LOF.

      • JoAnn says:

        Silly me, I thought we still were a constitutional republic not an empire. That, however is one perfect example of the delusion that is a trump "fan". I came here to unsubscribe, as anyone who is still supporting trump at this point, has some serious issues. You've lost credibility, dt is as far removed from a libertarian or constitutional-loving person can get. It is a cult

      • Nasdaq7 says:

        "in life … the best strategy is to ignore slanderers. ."

        If you can diffuse situations with humor it helps, only problem is coming up with something humorous.

  7. Chris Mancinelli says:

    Excellent article Mr. Ringer, keep up the great work!

  8. Rick says:

    The same thing is true about Killary as was once said about Franklin D Roosevelt: "He will lie, even when the truth would serve him better."

  9. Charlie Adamson says:

    Just a typo question here,.. is there an error in the Ayn Rand quote? Perhaps there is one too many "the's" included? It doesn't seem to read clearly.

    Still it is a good article with advice that I can recall a few great men demonstrating in their lives no matter what the consequences to them.

  10. Paul Revere and the Aiders says:

    Another great piece of wisdom but the fact that America is no longer a Republic and has become an Empire instead, is good enough reason to not vote for anyone. And Reality Seeker was very right to point that empire fact out. Empires deserve a Caesar too but unfortunately, they also love killing them! So at the end of the day, it's all just another political death match for many.

    • Reality Seeker says:

      I respect anybody who, because of their own personal integrity, refuses to vote for anybody. I totally get it, and the human race needs people like anarcho capitalists. People like Lysander Spooner point the way in which humans should interact with each other, e.g., voluntary cooperation.

      Personally, I live in the real world. And as I see the world, the situation compels me to support Trump. Why? Because I know what's going to happen after the American Empire falls. As I see it, human kind faces a Great Dark Age. It's not a foregone conclusion, but dark ages tend to follow the fall of super empires. America is a super Empire; therefore, history might repeat.

      Trump 2016!

      • Scott theczech says:

        This presidential politics stuff is entertaining but we the people really don't elect presidents. Hell, the delegates don't even have to consider the popular vote. It is all about garnering electoral votes and I don't even know who my electoral college representative is LOL! So, vote, don't vote, vote early and often…doesn't really matter when it comes to POTUS.

        • Reality Seeker says:

          Reply to Nasdaq7:

          "vote, don't vote, vote early and often…doesn't really matter"

          Tell that to Jeb.

          Did you watch Jeb cry? That's what I want to see a lot more of, and Trump is just the man to provide me that opportunity.. I'll tell you who else is going to be crying, too: those who make their living on K street. If Trump wins, it means billions of dollars were spent on people who earn their living by influencing the outcome of 2016, yet they failed. YOUR FIRED! K STREET! That's Trump's message.

          Jump to Trump! 2016!

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  11. Gloria says:

    Robert, you're talking about lying politicians, but what's your take on Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson entered the race so he could bring the presidency back "to the people, for the people, by the people" and to just be a citizen statesman, not a career politician. I think he's the most honest out of the bunch running for president now. I know that typically the politician who usually promises the most, regardless of what it does to the constitution or our freedoms, is the victor, since some "sheeple" only care for what's in it for them, not for what's for the good of the country. So, does someone like Dr. Ben Carson ever have a chance at becoming president? He's not a blowhard like Trump, or a smooth talker like Cruz or Rubio. He just wants what's best for the country. My hope is that even if Dr. Carson doesn't become president this time, with the way the outsider like Trump is getting a lot of support, the career politician who's in it just for him or herself, will become a thing of the past. Maybe people will finally start voting for the individual who wants to do good for the country, instead of just a party favorite of the Republican or Democrat parties.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      From my firsthand experience with Dr. Carson, he is a highly intelligent, sincere, and gracious gentleman. I still think he has a (very) long shot chance because of how the field is jumbled. He is essentially tied with Kasich for fourth place. I'll have a better assessment after Thursday's debate. Regardless, his financial backers have to stick with him in order for him to continue on.

      • Gloria says:

        As one of those backers, Robert, I will continue to back Dr. Carson as long as he continues the race.

    • Scott theczech says:

      Running for POTUS and ultimately occupying that office is incompatible with being a Christian: one must take an oath to a different god. Dr. Carson almost understood and articulated that when he recently questioned the validity of being a Muslim and being president – I believe he felt that the former disqualifies the latter. I would argue that Dr. Carson is "too good" for the job. I further argue that he would find himself on the horns of a dilemma if elected, that eventually a challenge would present causing a true crises of conscience forcing a very painful decision on his part.

      Public office in this country is in the secular realm. We do not, at least on paper, operate in a theocracy and I wish that we would quit encouraging politicians to pander to the religious. The President's oath is to the Constitution, not a religious text.

      • Gloria says:

        But that's the attraction I have to Dr. Carson, czech; his passion to follow the constitution, unlike the current president, who has tried to take apart the constitution for his own control. As for Dr. Carson's Christian faith, you forget that this country was founded on the Christian faith and the founders were overwhelmingly Christian, and it was that belief that made this country, and the laws they put forth, great. They believed that if people did not follow God then there would be hell to pay in the end. So by your saying that public office in this country is in the secular realm, while that may be true of how things are nowadays, it also goes to prove that that's one of the reasons the country is going downhill fast. Dr. Carson believes faith in God and having a government again that's "of the people, by the people, for the people" is the only way that we can unite as a country again, and become a great country again.

  12. Roger Roger says:

    Interesting that you name National Review and The Weekly Standard, Robert. You could add Front Page, PJ Media and American Thinker and a host of others to that list, for the same reason. Diana West was so bombarded by the “conservative” right-wing media and blogosphere for writing American Betrayal, that she had to write The Rebuttal to refute their heated defence of the “conventional narrative”.
    To use a Ringer expression (and I use plenty), I blush as I write this. My “didn’t know which way was up” days (another Ringer) – I was a professional soldier – came to a crashing halt in Vietnam in 1970, when I experienced firsthand the irrefutable documentary evidence of what I had until then considered inconceivable, that my government would lie to achieve its political ends through the barrel of a gun, Mao’s most famous dictum. But it did and good, honest people died or were badly hurt, homes were burned, families devastated, land and waters poisoned. It flicked a switch for me.
    I now see the cleverly-camouflaged three naked women in the forest painting, every time politicians or any self-proclaimed conservatives or neos or paleos open their mouths. I am grateful to and thankful for Ayn Rand, Robert Ringer, Diana West et al. Who would ever title their book – The Virtue of Selfishness or Winning Through Intimidation and expect to sell any? Well priceless pearls are found inside the ugly covers of oyster shells.

  13. Bill U says:

    When it comes to lying in politics it's not just a certain a political part. Lying and giving ambiguous answers is common among politician's are pre-disposed to lying it's part of the nature of being a sociopath!

  14. Sheila says:

    "The more outrageous the lie, and the more often it is repeated, the more people are likely to believe it. That’s not being pessimistic, just realistic."

    Exactly. And that is why Trump is doing so well in the presidential race.

  15. Nasdaq7 says:

    When Donald Trump started his campaign to become the next president of the US, I had high hopes for him. Today I feel really disappointed. Why? Because I am sure he does represent a far better level of management of the US economy than has any other presidential candidate before him. Why didn't he just focus on that? The economy and business development and management? Why make so many enemies early on in his presidential race on issues that really stir people? People want to be lead by a leader that unites and that works out divisions. That idea, that universal concept of unity and harmony is far more important to people than almost anything else. Not only has Mr. Trump alerted all his potential opponents and enemies to his intentions, they are obviously forming alliances against him already and they are mobilizing very early on against him. Many of his opponents to the issues he has mentioned have intense passions for their ideas the energy to campaign against him. So in my view, I would never ever have followed the election strategy that he has followed. By polarizing people early on you struggle to win support. He has so much going for him, and money and funds and friends why didn't he just focus on the economy and business development? Why did he have to address illegal immigration and the other threats early on in his campaign? Couldn't he have kept it as a deciding factor for the 2nd or final half of his presidential race? He must have been extremely frustrated to see the US decline the past 15 years. Such frustration you must keep under control and only hint at during debates. By openly coming out with frustrations, you only hint at weakness. I mean really, why not focus on his strengths? First unite then seek victory. That's my idea of dealing with people. I just know there won't be enough support for him in the end, because he has turned his enemies against him early and he is a by far better manager than anyone else that is running. By nature he would have risen to the top, stood out without making any enemies early on. Just talk business, economics and families and values and see what happens. It is frustrating to see him hand his media opponents such opportunities to mobilize against him.

    • Reality Seeker says:

      Reply to Nasdaq7:

      "People want to be lead by a leader that unites and that works out divisions. That idea, that universal concept of unity and harmony is far more important to people than almost anything else."

      The go-along-to-get-along Republicans are responsible for destroying what was left of the Republic. The result is many "people" are changing. Many no longer want "unity", if unity means more illegals, more wars, more bad trade deals, more cronyism, more "reaching across the isle" to Chuck Schumer. .

      Personally, I don't want to send a "uniter" to Washington. I want to send a lethal weapon. I want to send a Bush killer. And DT has proven he can effectively and unmercifully kill. DT is a relentless counter attacker. The ingenious public doesn't understand the best reason to send Donald to the White House. What is the best reason? The best reason to send DT to the White House is so he can go to war with the insiders—- just like Andrew Jackson did.

      The ignorant masses just don't see how HUGE this historical moment is: A Trump Presidency has the potential to change the future just as much as a Ronald Reagan presidency did. Trump could influence the course of history for the next 50 years.

      • Nasdaq7 says:

        I agree with you that business freedom is under threat across the entire world and that the world needs someone like Donald Trump to give everyone hope. Everywhere across the entire world freedom is falling. The high debt-levels across the entire world automatically means higher taxes for everyone, because the world cannot postpone the effects of creating overwhelming debt. Some politicians wants to increase spending on welfare. When and where will it all end? The international debt-levels are sky high. It's time for good business managers to improve the US economy.

        • Reality Seeker says:

          Reply to Nasdaq7:

          "I agree with you that business freedom is under threat across the entire world and that the world needs someone like Donald Trump to give everyone hope."

          I don't believe that there's any "business freedom" left anywhere in the developed world. There never was absolute free-market capitalism. And there won't be any anytime soon. What there is is a concrete jungle. That's the business environment. Period. And DT gives me absolutely no hope whatsoever. None. What DT offers American citizens is time. That's all. More time before the fall of the American Empire. That's it. Nothing more and nothing less. The only good reason to vote for Trump is that he'll prolong that's left of a once powerful socioeconomic system.

          As Trump himself said: "I'm going to tax foreign countries, not Americans." And that's the number one trait I look for in an American Caesar: will he or won't he demand "tribute" from foreigners and not US citizens……… Somebody is going to pay. And I don't want it to be me. Moreover, somebody is going to have to be president during the upcoming sovereign bankruptcy crisis. I want Trump negotiating in behalf of America.

          • Nasdaq7 says:

            People don't realise how serious the situation is. The US invested in productive projects in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and it saved the US economy from what was virtually a guaranteed default or worse, but it takes intelligence and skills to manage and improve the current economy. I'm saving, investing and taking business decisions carefully. You have to look at the medium to long term these days. You cannot expect to make quick profits anymore, I'm talking 1 to 2 year investment decisions. Smart people should remain disciplined when it comes to financial matters.

          • Nasdaq7 says:

            Or should I rather state the US was the world's greatest creditor nation in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and it was the focus on productive investment that allowed businesses and the world to flourish.

  16. Scott theczech says:

    May I remind you that there is no longer a test required in order to vote other than age; no poll tax, proof of earnings, a short U.S. history test…nothing. Consequently Mr. Trump, and others to a lesser degree, have determined that the most effective means of garnering delegates is to get the popular vote swinging his way. He does that with hyperbole, exaggeration, slogans, 30 second sound bites, etc., basically media red meat. I for one think he has done a splendid job – the polling number and 3 primaries reflect that.

    I think he has calculated that he doesn't necessarily need to unite Republicans, He probably believes, and his "feasibility tests" (internal polling), show that however many Republicans decide to stay home will be offset by so-called Reagan democrats who are sickened by their party being hijacked by Marxists. Remember, he is running as a third party candidate but using the Republican party in order to be on the ballot in every state.

    Oh one last thing: in real life your method works very well indeed – it's just that this isn't real life.

    • Nasdaq7 says:

      I think Donald Trump is someone that likes to take the lead early on. He loves being in front early on, accelerating, making waves. He wants to distinguish himself from the pack and to put some distance between himself and the next competitor. The difficult issues have to be tackled in any case at some stage. This US election will surely be one of the most interesting, lively and important elections ever, coming on the back of quantitative easing 3.

  17. Nasdaq7 says:

    One positive thing I can say about Mr. Trump is that he has experienced phenomenal success and has been in the most difficult of financial situations and yet he came back to make an enormous success. That ability to come back from the brink of pain is what builds an incredible character and perhaps it will help him win the US elections.

  18. Scott theczech says:

    I simply don't know if Mr. Denning just doesn't get it or if he truly disagrees with your theories Mr. Ringer! Either way, he shows his complete misunderstanding of "Winning Through Intimidation.." and it's application to life. Over the years I have tested first the core hypothesis posited in WTI, which moved to Theory for me and now is axiomatic.

    If Steve Denning is intellectually honest, he would put WTI to the test or at least stop to ponder it.

  19. Gino says:

    I've never understood the hatred toward your books. I remember picking up Winning… back in the late '80s.
    I realized it wasn't as much about winning through intimidating others, as it was winning by seeing through others attempts at intimidating yourself.

    • Nasdaq7 says:

      I loved Robert Ringer's books, the first time I picked up Winning through Intimidation. It was a second hand copy and thought to myself: "how can anyone throw away such a brilliant book."? His books contain a totally alternative view which is rarely presented in the business world. Sadly Robert Ringer's views have been proven correctly the past 40 years. Discrimination is rife in business and throughout all of life. Building friendships and alliances is tough and it's true, people want to buy the fantasy, not reality. The entire world is distorted, to what we believe and accept is the truth. The real world and the real truth is completely different to the one we all accept. To find the real truth we have to strip away centuries of automatic programming of society.

  20. ridenationwide says:

    Great article Robert. I think it is amazing just how relevant your work is in today's election. Winning Through Intimidation has got to be the book of the ages. It changed my life when I first read it many years ago. To think that it has now become a part of the conversation in the election that is bound to change U.S. politics for many years to come. Even though Mr. Denning misrepresented what you wrote, he has now included you in the broader discussion of the future of our country. Anyone with half a brain will seek out WTI and learn the true lessons you have given us.

  21. JOSEPH says:

    You know what Robert? I read your book Winning Through Intimidation when I was 19, and it was VERY clear to me it was a book about PROTECTING yourself from people who try to use intimidation on you. And, at that young age you barely know anything about the real world and your book was a great help in understanding on so MANY levels how intimidation can either affect your life for good or for bad, and for that reason you don't allow intimidation to work against you in any way possible. It's impossible to put into words how understanding this idea of being intimidated or not being intimidated can affect your life greatly.

    I just took a look a look and read the Forbes article and the write up is disgusting. How do you put up with that garbage? I can't imagine. A lot of what was written in that "article" were out right lies. When I see something like that I automatically start thinking what is wrong with the writer of the article. It's truly unreal, and pathetic. You wonder how someone like that can be so dishonest on such an absurd level. You would think if they simply spoke the truth about your book, then it would benefit the reader like it did for me, and many other people who have read it. The HONESTY of the book is what makes it GREAT. All of the theories that you talk about in the book, ESPECIALLY the Theory of Intimidation is SOOOOO TRUE! I've studied a lot of psychology and understand a lot of things about people people but out right lies about a book is something incomprehensible to me.
    Anyhow, I sympathize with you, and these people who lie are really telling a story about themselves-that, they didn't really read the book, or if they did, they didn't take the time to UNDERSTAND it, and that they just don't want to face the reality of real life, and your book forces them to see things as they really are. Maybe, really, simply, they don't want to face the truth.
    Anyhow, I still think to this day, that Winning Through Intimidation is one of the best books I have ever read.

    Thank you for writing such a great book!

  22. Dennis Christensen says:

    Robert, I read your books when they came out in the 70s. They have influenced my life, big-time. They're still relevant to this day. My son, who just returned from Afghanistan is reading, "How You Can Find Happiness…".

    I think most of these media-types who purportedly know of your book, Winning Through Intimidation, tend to think your book is a training manual for intimidating others, when in reality it's a training book for surviving the intimidation of others. I put nothing past the left-leaning media and God help this country persevere further intimidation from the Demopublicans!

  23. Name says:

    Forbes can be shockingly foolish without exerting much effort, and their editors often succeed in reminding the alert reader that speech is, indeed, an index of the mind. Take for example a quote which I just encountered there while on my way to preferred content, i.e. "89 Busines Cliches That…".

    "Forbes Quote of the Day:

    'I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.'

    – Oprah Winfrey"

    So, another Obamabot affirms that it won't rule out the possibility of it becoming an omnipotent cut throat god.

  24. angel says:

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    Robert, I really enjoy your insightful writing and overall perspective on life, work and politics etc. I recently ordered your book winning through intimidation. I have yet to open it up due to my busy schedule but will soon make time. Keep it up! Will, Tallahassee,FL

  26. Hey Robert,
    I read your book long ago and was very impressed with how it was more of a defense against those who use tactics of intimidation. The title was a very clever choice and generated a lot of great PR and it was unfairly maligned by many in the media who never read past the title. But in fairness, many readers back then did read it backwards. I worked with a few. If the media had done its homework they would have seen that Trump was given a copy of The Art of War by his mentor, Roy Cohen. But what Cohen wisely kept secret to teach and impress young Donald himself was The Thirty Six Stratagems. I don't think Trump is a smart man, but he clearly learned each of these lessons. [hide]
    2.1Chapter 1: Winning Stratagems
    2.1.1Cross the sea without the emperor's knowledge
    2.1.2Besiege Wèi to rescue Zhào
    2.1.3Kill with a borrowed sword
    2.1.4Wait at leisure while the enemy labors
    2.1.5Loot a burning house
    2.1.6Make a sound in the east, then strike in the west
    2.2Chapter 2: Enemy Dealing Stratagems
    2.2.1Create something from nothing
    2.2.2Openly repair the gallery roads, but sneak through the passage of Chencang
    2.2.3Watch the fires burning across the river
    2.2.4Hide a knife behind a smile
    2.2.5Sacrifice the plum tree to preserve the peach tree
    2.2.6Take the opportunity to pilfer a goat
    2.3Chapter 3: Attacking Stratagems
    2.3.1Stomp the grass to scare the snake
    2.3.2Borrow a corpse to resurrect the soul
    2.3.3Lure the tiger off its mountain lair
    2.3.4In order to capture, one must let loose
    2.3.5Tossing out a brick to get a jade gem
    2.3.6Defeat the enemy by capturing their chief
    2.4Chapter 4: Chaos Stratagems
    2.4.1Remove the firewood from under the pot
    2.4.2Disturb the water and catch a fish
    2.4.3Slough off the cicada's golden shell
    2.4.4Shut the door to catch the thief
    2.4.5Befriend a distant state and strike a neighbouring one
    2.4.6Obtain safe passage to conquer the State of Guo
    2.5Chapter 5: Proximate Stratagems
    2.5.1Replace the beams with rotten timbers
    2.5.2Point at the mulberry tree while cursing the locust tree
    2.5.3Feign madness but keep your balance
    2.5.4Remove the ladder when the enemy has ascended to the roof
    2.5.5Deck the tree with false blossoms
    2.5.6Make the host and the guest exchange roles
    2.6Chapter 6: Desperate Stratagems
    2.6.1The beauty trap (Honeypot)
    2.6.2The empty fort strategy
    2.6.3Let the enemy's own spy sow discord in the enemy camp
    2.6.4Inflict injury on oneself to win the enemy's trust
    2.6.5Chain stratagems
    2.6.6If all else fails, retreat