Michael Lewis’ Rules for a Wall Street Tycoon During a Recession

Great piece on Bloomberg today.  Here’s a sample:

Sell the Maybach and buy a Prius. Have the gardener plant tomatoes in your yard — but make sure he knows to put them in the front yard, where they can be seen.

The goal isn’t to get people to like you. That would be too much to ask. The position to which you aspire, recession champion, is inherently unsympathetic. You are the man on the lifeboat with his own private stash of food and water. The goal is merely to get people to tolerate you, and dissuade them from organizing themselves against you.

Do this well enough and by the time they realize what you’ve done the next boom will have begun, and they’ll treat you as their hero.

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