What a Herculean work to condense 3000 years of history and succeed in setting to music all these powerful people who illustrate each of the laws: Cleopatra, Caesar, Louis XIV, Napoleon, Bismarck, Casanova, Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, . Law 27: Play with people`s need to believe to create worship. Become the center of such a desire by offering them one thing, a new faith to follow. Keep your words vague but full of promise; Emphasize enthusiasm for rationality and clear thinking. Give your new disciples rituals that you can perform and ask them to make sacrifices on your behalf. In the absence of organized religion and great causes, your new belief system will bring you immeasurable power. Remember: you choose to be bothered by things. You may as well choose not to notice the irritating author, to consider the case as trivial and unworthy of your interest. This is the powerful step. Law 9: Win by your actions, never by an argumentEach momentary triumph that you think you have won through conflict is truly a Pyrrhic victory: the resentment and ill will you build are stronger and last 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, not explain. Amoral, cunning, ruthless and informative, this Million-Selling New York Times bestseller is the ultimate textbook for anyone interested in winning, observing or defending ultimate control – from the author of The Laws of Human Nature. In the book, which People magazine described as “seductive” and “fascinating,” Robert Greene and Joost Elffers distilled three thousand years of power history into 48 essential laws, drawing inspiration from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl von Clausewitz, as well as the lives of characters ranging from Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum. Some laws teach the need for prudence (“Law 1: Never eclipse the Master”), others teach the value of trust (“Law 28: Take Bold Action”), and many recommend absolute self-preservation (“Law 15: Totally Destroy Your Enemy”). However, every law has one thing in common: the interest in total domination. In a bold and captivating two-tone package, The 48 Laws of Power is ideal, whether you want to understand conquest, self-defense, or simply the rules of the game. The less interested you are in the things that irritate you, the more superior you seem. By recognizing your enemy, you give his existence credibility and therefore power.
Paradoxically, the more you want something, the more it escapes you because your interest is too strong, which makes others feel uncomfortable and anxious. From time to time, it is best to leave things alone. By turning your back on what you want, you will drive your opponents crazy. Here are the 48 laws of power listed in the order in which they appear in the original book. Be visible. You need to get the attention of someone more powerful than you, because your ascension depends on it. However, be careful not to go too far and overshadow your “protector” as explained in Bill 1, as you would sign your loss immediately. Oysters open completely when the moon is full; And when the crab sees you, it throws a piece of stone or algae into it and the oyster can no longer close, so it serves as meat for the crab. This is the fate of those who open their mouths too much and thus surrender to the grace of the listener. Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519 Fortunately, Greene made some simplifications.
You will find excellent summaries of one paragraph of each act in the “Content” and at the beginning of each chapter. There is even a concise official version of the book. (And here are my own slightly more detailed summaries of each law of power.) Law 32: Playing with people`s fantasiesThe truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes from disillusionment. Life is so hard and disturbing that people who can make romance or evoke fantasy are like oases in the desert: everyone flocks to it. There is great power to tap into the fantasies of the masses. Greene notes that the better you get to give up power, the best friend, the best lover, and the better person you become. This is because you learn to make others feel good, which makes them dependent on you, as a source of great joy to be there. Never trust anything that is free. Anything of value is worth paying for.
Most things that are free come with a stressful psychological pricing task. By paying, you avoid falling into the trap of having to be grateful, guilty or deceptive. Plus, wasting your money is a sign of power. Generosity softens your opponents so that they are deceived. When it comes to power, perhaps the worst mistake of all is surpassing Master. Law 45: Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at onceEveryard understands the need for change in an abstract way, but on a daily basis, humans are creatures of habit. Too much innovation is traumatic and will lead to revolt. If you are new to a position of power or a stranger trying to build a power base, show that you respect the old way of doing things. When a change is needed, make it feel like a gentle improvement of the past. So what are the 48 laws of power and how do you use them? These laws are for those who prefer to be players rather than pawns. To make you go from an amateur to a master player, Greene codified the 48 Laws of Power, based on historical examples of people who excelled or failed in the exercise of power, with glorious or bloody results (or both).
Some key principles you will learn: use your enemies, keep others dependent on you, say as little as possible, claim recognition for the work of others, control all options, do not take sides, create a cult and do not get your hands dirty. “In each group, power is concentrated in the hands of one or two people.” This book sounds a little weird and evil (and sometimes it is), but it`s a fun read that tells the story of some of the most powerful people in history. Lots of good information here and lots of terrible tips, so be careful not to follow everything the book says. Power is in many ways a game of appearances, and if you say less than necessary, you inevitably seem bigger and more powerful than you are. Powerful people know how to impress others by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to end up saying something stupid. Since people are constantly trying to understand what others seem to be thinking, they feel uncomfortable by the silence. By controlling what you reveal, you can wield great power.