It Pays to Cheat


What if I told you that after a night at the blackjack tables you’d be $50,000 ahead? If I guaranteed it, would you listen?

Cheating is like a guarantee to win. Figure it out. If you take the best of what’s already been discovered, what’s already known and improve upon it, how can you lose? Cheating isn’t a deficiency, it’s an efficiency. And what an amazing trick for those of us who aren’t natural born rocket scientists—permission to cheat! We were taught to know the answer. Now we can keep crib notes.

Cheating doesn’t mean getting lazy. It means getting to work. Doing better research, getting second and third opinions, always checking your thinking with smarter people and people with different points of view, and measuring your work against best practices. It takes time and sweat. It can be tedious, too, but it will help you create better solutions. How could it fail? Cheating puts a solid foundation under your efforts. You’ll produce more options, solutions and results if you first discover what you don’t know and then fill in the blanks. This way, the road to an answer will always be different, affording you more tidbits of stimulus along the way.

When you cheat, there can never be a problem you can’t optimize

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