The 48 laws of power (part 3)

Third post in the micro-series of 4 posts where we show a summary of the magnificent book by Robert Greene. In this part 3 of The 48 Laws of Power we will see a third block with another 12 laws.

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

Law 25: Recreate yourself

Do not accept the roles that society imposes on you. Recreate yourself by forging a new identity, one that captures attention and never bores the audience.

Law 26: Keep your hands clean

Our good name and reputation depend more on what we hide than on what we reveal. If there is something unpleasant or unpopular that must be done, it is too risky for you to do the job yourself. You need someone to do the dirty and dangerous work for you.

Law 27: Exploit people’s need to believe in something by creating cult-like followers

People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something. Offer them a cause, a new faith to follow.

Law 28: Enter into action boldly

If you are not sure of the course of an action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Everyone admires the bold. No one honors the timid.

Law 29: Plan to the end

Take into account all possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that could reverse your hard work and give glory to others. If you plan to the end, you will not feel overwhelmed by the circumstances and you will know when to stop.

Law 30: Make your achievements appear easy

Your actions must seem natural and executed effortlessly. When you act, do it without effort, as if you could do much more. Avoid the temptation to reveal how hard you work, as that will only generate questions.

Las 48 leyes del poder
The 48 laws of power (part 3)

Law 31: Control the options: make others play the cards you deal

Offer people options that are in their favor, whichever they choose.

Law 32: Play with people’s fantasies

Life is so hard and anguishing that people who can invent romances or evoke fantasies are like oases in the desert: everyone flocks to them in masses.

Law 33: Discover every man’s push

Everyone has a weakness. Weakness is usually an insecurity, an uncontrollable emotion, or need. Also, it could be a secret pleasure.

Law 34: Be real in your way: act like a king to be treated as one

The way you behave often determines how you will be treated. A king respects himself and inspires the same feeling in others. By acting majestically and trusting in your powers, you seem destined to wear a crown.

Law 35: Master the art of timing

Never show that you are in a hurry. Rushing shows a lack of self-control and control over time. Always be patient, as if you knew that everything will come to you eventually.

Law 36: Despise the things you cannot have: ignoring them is the best revenge

By recognizing an insignificant problem, you give it existence and credibility. The more attention you pay to an enemy, the stronger you make them. A small mistake often worsens the more visible it becomes when trying to solve it. If there is something you want but cannot have, show contempt for it. The less interest you reveal, the more superior you will appear.

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