Sunday, 13 March 2016

“Why Do Some People Exploit the Weaknesses of Others?” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“I call for a march from exploitation to education, from poverty to shared prosperity, a march from slavery to liberty, and a march from violence to peace.” ― Kailash Satyarthi

Several conflicts arise in the society due to various reasons. One of the causes of conflict is when people exploit others’ weaknesses instead of helping them. Some people take undue advantage out of others’ adversities thus causing further hardships and agony. Although everyone knows that it is wrong to take advantage when others are in problems, people still resort to such activities. This article addresses the individuals who exploit others’ weaknesses and offers cautious message to the exploiters and manipulators.

Life is a Circus

Life is a circus with ups and downs. We have friends and relatives to share our sorrows and happiness. What happens when one of your friends and relatives exploit your weaknesses when you are in deep distress. What happens when the person who you trust lets you down? It is difficult to digest and cope up with the situation indeed! It causes further stress and lands people in depression leading to suicides. Additionally, problems come in battalions. When your time is bad all problems come at a time. When you intend to handle one problem, other problems crop up simultaneously. In this scenario, instead of surrendering you must learn to fight against the odds. Remember the slogan ‘when the going gets tough, tough gets going’. Therefore, the best within you will come up when you are forced to the corner. You tend to think from multiple perspectives to overcome the challenges.  You unlock your potential. Finally, the real leader within you comes to the surface. Here are some tools to avoid being exploited by others:

Tools to Avoid being Exploited by Others
  • Don’t trust others blindly.
  • Don’t reveal all your weaknesses to others.
  • Don’t get dejected.
  • Be confident.
  • Be mentally prepared to encounter unforeseen challenges.
  • Be assertive. Raise your voice against irregularities.
  • Don’t indulge in self-blame and self-pity.  
  • Don’t brood over the problems. Explore solutions to resolve them.

Remember, luck comes with interest while bad luck comes with bonus. But don’t lose your heart. Be brave to face the challenges squarely.

Caution to Exploiters and Manipulators

“There is always temptation to cheat in all of us. But it is up to your willpower.” ― Boris Becker

Don’t be overambitious. Don’t be egotist. Don’t be narcissistic. Don’t be selfish. On the other hand, be compassionate. Don’t be a "jerk" but be an "altruist."  Be others-centered, not self-centered. Remember, neither success nor failure is permanent. You may be in a very strong position today but tomorrow you may be in a weak position. Remember, every dog has its own day. Hence, think of pros and cons before exploiting others. Don’t let the negative thoughts enter into your mind. Fill your mind with positive thoughts to get energized.

At times the exploiters and manipulators think that they are smart enough to cheat and exploit others. They must know the slogan, ‘although the righteous man falls ten times, he rises, but the wicked man never falls twice’. If they still resort to exploitation and manipulation, it means their days are numbered.

Exploitation is Unavoidable

“Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods.” ― W. H. Auden

Exploitation is everywhere in the world. As long as individuals with negative attitude live, the exploitation exists. Remember, exploitation is unavoidable. You must take your own precautions from exploiters and manipulators to lead a happy and exciting life.

Don’t suffer silently with exploitation. Face with confidence. Fight for your rights. It is your life and you must make your call based on your convictions.  Remember, there are no permanent friends and enemies in life. Life is all about rapid changing equations. Learn to face the challenges squarely. Fight to the finish. Take your battle to its logical end.


“Avoid those who seek friends in order to maintain a certain social status or to open doors they would not otherwise be able to approach.” ― Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra

Empathy is key to resolving several conflicts globally.  Being ambitious and confident are signs of good health but being overambitious and overconfident are signs of ill health. In fact, overambition and overconfidence are the worst enemies to individuals. Hence, people must understand the difference and adopt the right means and methods to gain acceptance in the society to grow as healthy leaders.  To conclude, it is not ‘might is right’ but ‘right is right’ is right. Satyamev Jayate!

“We live in a world where unfortunately the distinction between true and false appears to become increasingly blurred by manipulation of facts, by exploitation of uncritical minds, and by the pollution of the language.” ― Arne Tiselius
“In war, the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich makes slaves of the poor.” ― Oscar Wilde

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Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Recipient of 10th International Prestigious Sardar Patel Award―2015
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