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The 48 Laws Of Power, The Best All Time Seller Book Summary

The 48 Laws of Power by American author Robert Greene published in 1998. The book is a one of the best all time seller, 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 first competitive advantage in your work.

Law 4: Say less than necessary

  • When trying to impress, dont talk too much, maintain quality over quantity in the conversations.
  • Powerful people make 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 reputaiton.

Law 6: Dont get lost in a crowd

  • Appearance is everything, you are what you look.
  • Be mysterious, outshine others with your colorfull 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 you 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 winner .
  • Associate with the 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

  • Probe.
  • Ask indirect, important questions.
  • Act like a spy.

Law 15: Crush your enemy totally

  • Dont 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.
  • Gel in with people to get the 1st hand news
  • Dont over protect 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.
  • 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

  • Dont 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

  • Dont seek attention, demand respect with your actions.
  • Blend in.

Law 39: Stir up waters to catch fish

  • Anger and emotion is 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, dont 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 un acceptable and uncalled for.
  • Change is always good, ensure moderate quantity though.

Law 46: Never appear too perfect

  • Its dangerous to appear like you have no thoughts.
  • Sometimes, it is fine to admit to small defects but don’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.

You can buy The 48 Laws of Power from Amazon.

 

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