I feel I’m being tailed by the same sucker’s head lights
…Is it that fool that I ran off the block?
…Or is it the one I beat for five thousand dollars
Thought he had ‘caine but it was Gold Medal Flour
…I live by the sword
I take my boys everywhere I go, because I’m paranoid
I keep lookin over my shoulder and peepin around corners
My mind is playin tricks on me…
Geto Boys ♦ Mind Playing Tricks On Me; We Can’t Be Stopped
It is fine to be competitive, but there is no need to be cut-throat. If your approach is scorched earth and win-at-all-cost then you will be without an ally and perpetually live in the defensive mode. This guy has burned every bridge in town, pulling fast cons on people leaving him literally trying to watch his back for fear that someone will do him in. This is not thriving in the game.
You need a reputation that is above board. People need to know that you believe in healthy competition, but not cheating at all costs. It is a reflection on your organization’s standing in the community and allows you to sleep with both eyes closed.
Otherwise you can live by the sword and expect your most fierce competitors to turn you into the regulators at the first infraction they spot in your operation or to gang up against you on any given opportunity. You need allies beyond the confines of your organization. Without allies in your field, you will be victim to the cartel that allies against you. Friends close, but enemies closer.
PLAY HARD, BUT FAIR
MAINTAIN STRATEGIC ALLIES