The 48 laws of power (part 1)

This post is the beginning of a micro series of 4 entries in which we will summarize the magnificent book by Robert Greene. In this part 1 of The 48 Laws of Power we will see a first block with each of the first 12 laws.

WARNING: Some of the laws may seem too aggressive and even dangerous. Do not take them literally. My advice is to learn from them, whether you agree with them or not.

Law 1: Never overshadow the master.

Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. Make your teachers appear brighter than they are and you will reach the heights of power.

Law 2: Never trust friends too much, learn to use enemies.

Beware of friends: they will betray you more quickly, because they are easily carried away by envy. Contact a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove.

Law 3: Hide your intentions

Never reveal the purpose behind your actions. If people have no idea what you are doing, they cannot prepare a defense.

Law 4: Always say less than necessary

When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more commonplace you seem and the less in control. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something irrelevant.

Law 5: Much depends on reputation: protect it with your life

Reputation is the cornerstone of power. Learn to destroy your enemies by punching holes in their own reputation. Then step aside and let public opinion hang them.

Law 6: Get attention at all costs

Become an attention magnet by appearing bigger, more colorful and more mysterious than the bland and timid masses.

Las 48 leyes del poder
The 48 laws of power (part 1)

Law 7: Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit

Use other people’s wisdom, knowledge and groundwork to further your own cause. In the end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered. Never do yourself what others can do for you.

Law 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.

Law 9: Win with your actions, never with arguments

Any momentary triumph you think you have won through an argument is in reality an insignificant victory. The resentment and ill will you arouse are stronger and last longer than any momentary change of heart.

It is far more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word.

Law 10: Infection: avoid the losers and unfortunate ones

You can die because of someone else’s misery: emotional states are as contagious as diseases.

Law 11: Learn to make people depend on you

To maintain your independence you must always be needed and wanted. The more you rely on yourself, the more freedom you will have. Never teach enough so that they can do without you.

Law 12: Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim

One sincere and honest measure will cover dozens of dishonest measures. Sincere gestures of honesty and generosity will make even the most suspicious people drop their guard. Once your selective honesty opens a hole in their armor, you can deceive and manipulate them at will.

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