Make Small Mistakes on Purpose

Navigating hierarchy and emotional dynamics in new environments

Mentalcodex | Julfi


Artist : François-Xavier Fabre

Whether you’re meeting new people, starting a new job, or moving out, you’ve been told this:

“Do your best.”

So you’ve worked a little longer, socialized a little more, did everything a little better.

For what?

Poor recognition and disdain.

The Corporate Game

There is a distinction to be made between you and the herd here.

For the average person, “Do your best” is great advice. But it’s not for the talented, high-energy, high-testosterone man.

Let me explain.

When you enter a new environment made up of humans, you enter a hierarchy. Everyone has their place. They all worked hard for a long time to gain their small privileges. For some, it’s even a life’s work.

Your arrival acts as a threat to all this.

People expect you to occupy a certain position in this hierarchy. They will observe what you do, how you act, and try to understand why. They will show slight disdain when they feel that you are not where you belong. And will act friendly when it seems like it is.

Of course, nothing is clearly stated.

No one will say you’re out of line and should do this and that to get more respect.

It’s a subtle game made of nearly invisible signs. But it’s a game you have no choice but to play.

Its name: Master-Subordinate Relationship.

Only If You’re High IQ

There, no way mid-wit individual exceeds their masters. They usually compete against other mediocre people who have mastered their craft over time. No threat so far.

For them, it’s more about doing the best they can rather than trying to decode these subtle signs.

For high IQ individuals, there is a chance they exceed or threaten to exceed their masters.

So what happens when they’re brainwashed into doing their best?



Mentalcodex | Julfi

Power dynamics expert. I share essays and historical case studies about Human nature and its relationship with power.