What is true power? I view true power as having the power to counter an attack, either verbally, physically, mentally etc, and responding with only the force necessary to stop that attack. I have read that most people can handle adversity, but to test a person's true character, give them power. There are many times in which I am interacting with others in my field and when I respond to their requests (sometimes unreasonable) and questions without hesitation and without complaining, they seem to view my relaxed and happy-go-lucky attitude as weakness. To mistake a person's kindness as weakness is a serious mistake and with my law enforcement background and now as a reserve, it can mean the difference between living and dying.
In your world, is it always necessary to have the last word? To over respond to someone that thinks their right in a particular situation? Or to constantly over justify yourself and your actions? When someone calls you on the telephone and they are 100% wrong in what they are telling you. How do you respond? Even if they are pressing the issue and you reply with what is correct, they then understand, do you rub it in their face?
So, the ladder to the top is exciting, and it should be climbed one step at a time, but be careful of whom you step on while you ascend the ladder, you will be passing them on the way down.