The 48 Laws of Power by American author Robert Greene published in 1998. The book is one of the best all-time sellers, selling over 1.2 million copies in the US alone and equally popular on Amazon website.
Law 1: Never outshine the master
- Always prioritize your superiors. Don’t exhibit your talent in front of them to make them feel inferior.
- Always make your master appear brilliant than yourself. Show them respect.
Law 2: Never blindly trust your friends
- Never blindly trust your friends.
- Friends can betray you when they get a chance.
- Make ways with your old enemies.
Law 3: Conceal your intentions
- Guide competitors the wrong path, conceal your intentions in order to maintain the first competitive advantage in your work.
Law 4: Say less than necessary
- When trying to impress, don’t talk too much, maintain quality over quantity in the conversations.
- Powerful people make an impression by saying less.
Law 5: Reputation is everything
- Reputation should be maintained at all cost.
- Your good reputation can make you a winner alone.
- Destroy your enemies with your good reputation and their bad reputation.
Law 6: Don’t get lost in a crowd
- Appearance is everything, you are what you look.
- Be mysterious, outshine others with your colourful appearance.
- Be bright than the rest.
Law 7: Let others do the work for you
- Use the skills of others to do the work for you, let them do the hard work for you.
- Take credit of others hard work, you paid them.
- Be efficient in using people’s power to your advantage.
Law 8: Get in Control
- Force others to act, get in charge of things.
- Make your opponents come to you by using the power of impression, efficiency and your people.
- Take full control, best or nothing.
Law 9: Let your actions speak, not your argument
- You can never win through argument.
- Show them the way, be the leader.
- Action is louder than words.
Law 10: Infection: Avoid miserable, unhappy people
- Unlucky people bring their bad fate with them, avoid them.
- Sit with winners, you become the winner .
- Associate with happy people and avoid unhappy people.
- Unhappy people are like infections, they take away your good health.
- People bring in their luck when they associate with you, keep your eyes open.
Law 11: Make them dependent on your all the time
- Make yourself highly needed.
- Let them depend on you all the time.
- Don’t teach them everything so they can do it without you.
Law 12: Use honesty and generosity to disarm your victim
- One sincere, loyal move could cover a dozen dishonest ones.
- be upfront, honest and generous.
Law 13: When you are asking for help, appeal to people’s self-interest
- Don’t remind people of past deeds.
- Tell them why you need their help and why it is in their interest as well.
Law 14: Pose as a friend but work as a spy
- Ask indirect, important questions.
- Act like a spy.
Law 15: Crush your enemy totally
- Don’t stop halfway, go all the way till the end in your work, business or a relationship to make your mission successful.
- Crush your enemy in body and spirit.
Law 16: Use absence to increase respect, honor
- Don’t be available all the time.
- Too much circulation makes the price go down.
- Create value by maintaining scarcity.
Law 17: Keep others in suspended terror, be unpredictable
- If you are predictable, it gives control to others.
- When used all the way to the extreme, you’ll intimidate.
- Always be unpredictable, never let your actions reveal your plans.
Law 18: Do not build fortresses to protect yourself
- Isolation cuts you off from gathering valuable information.
- Mix with people to get the 1st hand news
- Don’t overprotect yourself.
Law 19: Know who you’re dealing with
- Know that not everyone reacts the same way.
- Choose your victims and enemies carefully.
- Do not offend the wrong person.
Law 20: Don’t commit to anyone
- Never take someone’s side. Stay neutral.
- Wait and Watch.
- Maintain independence.
Law 21: Play a sucker to catch a sucker
- Don’t be stupid, but make your opponent appear clever and smarter than you, sooner or later then will show weakness.
- Making them appear smarter hides your motives as you act clever.
Law 22: Transform weakness into power
- Use the surrender tactic.
- When you’re weaker, never fight just for honor but surrender and save your life.
Law 23: Concentrate on your forces
- Intensity defeats extensity every time.
- Find a hen that’ll give your eggs for a long time.
Law 24: Play the perfect courtier
- Master the art of indirection.
- Be graceful in power assertion.
Law 25: Re-create yourself
- Revamp yourself, create an identity that commands attention.
- The first impression is the last impression.
Law 26: Keep your hands clean
- Never appear soiled by mistakes, learn and move on.
- Make others as scapegoats to disguise your involvement.
Law 27: Play on people’s needs
- People want to believe in something all the time, cash on that.
- Become the pivotal point of attraction, offer them a cause, a new faith.
- Keep your words selection vague but full of promise.
Law 28: Enter action with boldness
- Not sure?. Don’t do it!
- Timidity is dangerous.
Law 29: Plan all the way to the end
- The ending is everything, don’t give up.
- Take into account of scenario.
- Plan, you won’t be overwhelmed.
- Think far ahead.
Law 30: Make your accomplishments seem effortless
- Work smarter, not harder.
- Make your success look natural.
- Do not reveal how hard you work, make it look easy.
- Don’t Teach anyone your tricks.
Law 31: Control the opinions
- Get in charge.
- Always Voice your opinions with your actions, make them follow.
- Give options so no matter their choice, you win.
Law 32: Play to people’s fantasies
- The truth is unpleasant, better avoid it.
- There’s always great power in tapping into people’s fantasies.
Law 33: Discover each man’s thumbscrew
- Always work on finding other’s weaknesses.
- Once busted, make them work the way you want.
Law 34: Be royal
- Stay Royal with your command and actions.
- Act like a king.
- Expect and demand to be treated like a king.
- Appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you.
Law 35: Master the art of timing
- Don’t rush things.
- Show patience.
- Timing is the key.
- Hit when it matters the most, they say hit when the iron is hot.
Law 36: Show less interest, act superior
- Acknowledging petty problems gives them existence.
- The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem.
Law 37: Create compelling spectacles
- Imagery and symbolic gestures create the aura of power.
- Dazzle by appearance.
Law 38: Think as you like but Behave like others
- Don’t seek attention, demand respect with your actions.
- Blend in.
Law 39: Stir up waters to catch fish
- Anger and emotion are counterproductive.
- Stay calm and objective.
- Make enemies emotional while you stay calm and collected.
- Make your enemies spin all the time, master the craft.
Law 40: Despise the free lunch
- There are no free lunches.
- Everything has a price, don’t be available all the time.
- Price yourself.
Law 41: Avoid stepping into a great man’s shoes
- Follow other great people but act in your own way.
- Create your own class.
- Gain power by shining in your own way.
Law 42: Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter
- Trouble can be traced all the way to a single individual.
- These people will always influence others.
- Identify the source of the trouble and then strike.
Law 43: Work on the hearts and minds of others
- Seduce others into wanting to move in your direction.
- Seduce others by operating on their individual psychologies, weaknesses.
Law 44: Disarm with the mirror effect
- When you mirror exactly what your enemies do, they cannot figure out your strategy.
- When humiliated, your enemy will panic.
Law 45: Preach the need for change
- Everyone wants change but too much change is at times unacceptable and uncalled for.
- Change is always good, ensure moderate quantity though.
Law 46: Never appear too perfect
- It’s dangerous to appear like you have no thoughts.
- Sometimes, it is fine to admit to small defects but doesn’t reveal much.
Law 47: Know when to stop
- Set a goal, achieve it, then stop.
Law 48: Stay Adaptable, things change
- Stay adaptable and on the move.
- Everything changes and never bet on it.
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