Never be original. Find out what is usually done and copy that. Realize that you have nothing more to learn. This will destroy all danger of success.
Sneer at those who are more successful than yourself.
Tell yourself that it is now too late, and that you really did not have the proper equipment; and it will be especially helpful to keep saying that people are against you.
Never learn from experience. Keep on doing the same fool things time after time.
Never wait to hear the other side of the story. Knowing both sides will only unsettle the mind.
Use your wit destructively. Be smart at the expense of absent people.
Stand on your dignity. Never forget that you have a position to keep up.
Try to get everything cheap. Study and practice to become the perfect "chiseler." This will build an invincible poverty complex.
...the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness (Proverbs 12:23).
From Around the Year With Emmet Fox: A book of Daily Readings