Here is the inside scoop about liars, criminals, con-men, politicians, bankers, and other thieves. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news,  but this is just the way it is.

The following is from my own personal experience in obtaining a graduate degree in the school of hard knocks and post-graduate degrees. from Screw University (Screw U.).

I offer you these tips in hopes that you will avoid the cost of making them yourself. – dan jacobs

Not everyone is a liar, but anyone can be.

If something feels wrong, it is wrong.

Anyone can betray you.

Something that could “never happen,” can and likely will.

Anything is possible, good or bad.

People can and will often let you down.

Never underestimate what someone will do under stress.

Don’t believe everything you hear.

Listen with your eyes, see with your ears.

Learn to hear what they’re NOT saying.

A verbal contract is not worth the paper it’s written on.

Any contact can be broken

Never tell everything you know.

If you sense they’re lying, they are lying.

Opinions are cheap; and everyone’s got one.

If it sounds “too good to be true,” it is.

When they say “It’s not about the money,” – it’s always about the money!

If it sounds too good to be real, it’s probably illegal.

Develop “walk away” power and be willing to use it.

Trust your instincts and they’ll get stronger.

Never go against your intuition or you won’t have it long.

Look for what is NOT there that should be.

If they try to manipulate you, they’re also lying to you.

Don’t assume anything, good or bad.

Keep your powder dry, but don’t be afraid to fire.

Pick your time and place, then act decisively.

Prepare for opportunities but don’t count on them.

Anticipate the unexpected, it will always happen.

All people lie some of the time. Some people lie all the time.

Anticipate success – prepare for the failure, be ready for the worst and hope for the best.

Technology and people will always fail you at the worst possible moment.

Old Russian proverb: Three people can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

People can (and will) justify anything.

It is seems too “in-credible,” it is not credible.

Any liar will also eventually betray you.

Trust your instincts, insight, intuition, and perception.

They’re not telling you everything they know.

The value of a favor or service will be forgotten after it has been performed.

If they’ll lie about small things, they’ll lie about big things.

If they are only telling you what you want to hear, run, don’t walk!

You’re hearing what you need because they’re saying what you want.

Never assume anything.

There is no limit to a human being’s ability to rationalize the truth.

Practice your bullshit detector until you can’t be fooled.

Anyone you deal with is potentially working for the other side.

Never trust a liar about anything, ever! They will cause you trouble.

Never let them rush you into a decision. Walk away instead.

The best way to bluff is to never bluff.

Loaning money to a friend is the best way to lose both. 

Always have other options.

An accident happens once. A coincidence happens twice.Three times and something is very wrong; take action immediately!

Liars will ruin your reputation, your friends, and your life.

Putting the genie back into the bottle is impossible.

Information and time are power in any negotiation, used by you or against you.

Maintain your natural pace, don’t be pushed into something you’ll regret.

There is always another opportunity.

All liars are cowards. All cowards are liars.

daniel w. jacobs
© 2005 – 2030, all rights reserved

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