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Go placidly amid the politics and the decision making, and remember what peace there may be in the silence of your own office. As far as possible, do not believe in miracles but learn to rely on them. Listen to others, even the dull and ignorant, for they too have inside information.
Avoid ambitious and efficient persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you cannot convince others, endeavour to confuse them, for always there will be persons less sure of themselves than you. Enjoy your government car as well as your travelling allowance.
Keep interested in you career, and take notes of other persons' mistakes, however humble, for they can be a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your affairs, for the service is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is in giving verbal orders, and never write anything down that might be held against you.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection for the job. Neither be cynical about Departmental red-tape; for in the face of all trends and indicators it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully shedding your naivety. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you from departmental cutbacks. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of over-work and exclusion from important meetings. Beyond a wholesome salary, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the Government, no less than the electors and the parliament; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the structure is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with your superiors, whatever you perceive them to be. And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of Departmental life, keep pace with your co-workers.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, the service still provides regular pay. Be seen with the right executives. Strive to look important.