What I've Learned Today. Just Now, in Fact.
It is not how smart you are. It is not how well you exhibit that intelligence.
It is not how well you express yourself, whether verbally or in print.
It is not how you present yourself--as a strong, capable, brilliant person.
It is not how well you work a room--your social skills, your people skills.
So, what is it, you ask?
Well, it's just this: you have to pick the right ass to kiss, and be lowly enough to kiss it convincingly. And show your piteous Gollum-face enough that they remember who you are.
That is all for today.