The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers
This book really blew my mind. If it’s your first time hearing about this book, let me tell you, these laws are prettttty dark. However, I am not disagreeing with any of them. Why? Because, although the laws seem manipulative and really really dishonest, USAGE is all that matters. These laws aren’t meant to be used everyday, in every aspect of your life. They are meant to be utilized only in specific circumstances! So no matter how dark they may seem to you, be open-minded and go through them carefully. (I highly suggest to listen to the audio book or read the hard copy).
So here you go, the first ten laws of power…
1.Never outshine the master
Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite – inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.
2.Never put too much trust in your friends. Learn how to use enemies.
Be wary of friends-they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.
3.Conceal your intentions.
Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions. If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense. Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.
4.Always say less than necessary.
When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.
5 So much depends on your reputation. Guard it with your life.
Reputation is the cornerstone of power. Make your reputation unassailable. Always be alert for potential attacks and fort them before they happen. Never appear desperate in your self-defence for your reputation. It makes you insecure about your own reputation. Never try to ruin other’s reputation, particularly of someone who has a higher reputation, unless you are truly skilled in doing so. By trying to harm others’ reputation it is highly likely that you will harm yours.
6.Court attention at all cost.
Always stand out from the crowd. Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing. Never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion. Stand out. Be conspicuous, at all cost. Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious, than the
bland and timid masses.
7.Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit.
Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of other people to further your own cause. Not only will such assistance save you valuable time and energy, it will give you a godlike aura of efficiency and speed. In the end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered. Never do yourself what others can do for you.
8.Make other People come to you – use Bait if Necessary.
When you force the other person to act, you are the one in control. It is always better to make your opponent come to you, abandoning his own plans in the process. Lure him with fabulous gains – then attack. You hold the cards.
9.Win through your Actions, Never through Argument.
Any momentary triumph you think gained through argument is really a Pyrrhic victory: The resentment and ill will you stir up is stronger and lasts longer than any momentary change of opinion. It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word. Demonstrate, do not explicate.
10.Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky.
You can die from someone else’s misery – emotional states are as infectious as disease. You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster. The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.
Next ten coming soon…