That’s very true. That’s one of those cutthroat environments. There’s ways to get where you want but then you have to define your aim. Is it a particular level of legitimacy you want? Plus, if you step on the wrong people for a short boost, you may find yourself facing them later and you need them in which case you shot yourself in the foot as folks remember.
I never went through all of it – barely dipped my toes in it — but I’ve certainly seen it.