You know what I hate hearing? I hate hearing people say “life isn’t fair”. People say that like you are just supposed to accept getting kicked in the crotch. You just have to get used to it. That is a loser mentality. The deck may be stacked against you, but that doesn’t mean you have to just take it. You can beat the odds. Here are three strategies you can use to face down inequality and win.
Sticks and Stones
The classic story of victory in the face of overwhelming inequality is David and Goliath. David, a simple shepherd, kills Goliath, a giant bloodthirsty warrior, with a single stone. David flung the stone with his sling and struck Goliath in the head. In the classic story David had years of using his sling to kill wolves and lions threatening his flock. He leveraged his strength by pitting against his opponent’s weakness.
Everyone has a weakness. Even the most oppressive system has cracks. Your job is to find the cracks and exploit them. You may not be able to beat a giant in a sword fight, but a single well placed stone may just bring them down. When you pit your strength against your enemy’s hidden weakness, it magnifies your power.
Power Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian jiu jitsu is a martial art designed to help you take out a much more powerful attacker. This combat technique combines judo with ground fighting. The idea is to use your attacker’s power against them, get them off balance and take them down to the ground where you can use a variety of chokeholds and other ground fighting tactics to bring your enemy to submission.
When you are facing inequality, you cannot fight it on its own terms. You need to change the method of battle. You may need to get ugly. You may need to scrap and use every trick you can think of to win. Sabotage those in power over you. Make the fight personal. Fight dirty.
Change the Rules
Systems of inequality are designed to make you think you are powerless. You have no chance of succeeding if you stick to the system. One of the best ways to beat inequality in any situation is to change the rules. Once you decide the old rule don’t apply to you, you can attack inequality in ways your enemy never sees coming.
In the business world of the 1990’s, a brand new retailer had almost no chance of becoming a global power. The biggest retailers had been operating for more than 100 years. They were billion dollar companies with deep supply chains and stores everywhere. It’s was the textbook definition of inequality. But, in 1994 a startup attacked the world of retail by changing the rules. It was run out of a garage, and had no stores. Instead of offering everything under the sun like many giant retailers, it only focused on books. That startup was Amazon and it is now the most powerful retailer in the world. It has destroyed the old bookstores and crippled most of the rest of the retail industry.
Amazon changed the rules. If you want to beat inequality, disrupt the system. Don’t work inside of it.