What David & Goliath Survivors Should Have Learned

David Bloomberg elaborates on his seven basic rules to follow when playing Survivor:

Rule 1: Scheme and Plot

Rule 2: But Don’t Scheme and Plot Too Much/Keep Your Scheming Secret/Don’t Backstab Until You Absolutely Need To

Rule 3: Be Flexible!

Rule 4: Don’t Let Your Emotions Control You

Rule 5: Pretend To Be Nice/Play the Social Game (and Keep Your Politics and Controversial Beliefs To Yourself)

Rule 6: Don’t Be Too Much of a Threat

Rule 7: Know How to Deal with Idols and Advantages

Appendix A: Make Your Votes Count – Keep in Mind Your End Goal

Appendix B: The Jury Phase

What David vs. Goliath Survivors Should Have Learned

(Note that this article contains spoilers from the sixth season of Survivor South Africa.)

Over the course of the past 35 seasons of Survivor, it should be obvious that contestants need to learn certain rules to play by. In previous years, we’ve seen far too many players who seem to not be fans of the show and maybe only watched a couple seasons provided to them by CBS just before heading out. Luckily, most of the players in recent seasons have been actual fans, and good players should be drawing on the history of the entire series as far as how they should play the game – and how they shouldn’t. The other presumption here, and I know it sounds silly but it needs to be said, is that the player actually wants to win the game. They shouldn’t be there for the experience or to face the toughest opponent or whatnot. Survivor is a game and the goal is to win. Period. These rules can lead good players to that end goal.

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