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The laws are timeless and definitive. The 48 Laws of Power can be used in several ways. By reading the book straight through you can learn about power in . “An heir to Machiavelli's Prince gentler souls will find this book frightening, those whose moral compass is oriented solely to power will have a perfect vade. CONTENTS LAW 1. NEVER OUTSHINE THE MASTER LAW 2. NEVER PUT TOO MUCH TRUST IN FRIENDS, LEARN HOW TO USE ENEMIES LAW 3.
Law 6: Court attention at all costs Surround your name with the sensational and the scandalous.
Better to be slandered and attacked than ignored. Every crowd has a silver lining.
At the start of your career, you must attach your name and reputation to a quality, an image, that sets you apart from other people. Create an air of mystery. Remember: Most people are upfront, can be read like an open book, take little care to control their words or image, and are hopelessly predictable.
By simply holding back, keeping silent, occasionally uttering ambiguous phrases, deliberately appearing inconsistent, and acting odd in the subtlest of ways, you will emanate an aura of mystery. You have your bearings, while they see nothing familiar and are subtly placed on the defensive. Law Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim No notes. Law Pose as a friend, work as a spy No notes. Law Crush your enemy totally No notes. Law Use absence to increase strength and honor The more you are seen and heard from, the more common you appear.
If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired. You must learn when to leave. Create value through scarcity. At the start of an affair, you need to heighten your presence in the eyes of the other. If you absent yourself too early, you may be forgotten.
Giving no reason for your absence excites even more. Patterns are powerful, and you can terrify people by disrupting them.
Such power should only be used judiciously. When you hold yourself back, you incur not anger but a kind of respect.
You instantly seem powerful because you make yourself ungraspable, rather than succumbing to the group, or to the relationship, as most people do.
People who rush to the support of others tend to gain little respect in the process, for their help is so easily obtained, while those who stand back find themselves besieged with supplicants. Do not commit to anyone, stay above the fray. Remember: You have only so much energy and so much time.
Every moment wasted on the affairs of others subtracts from your strength. It is always our first instinct to react, to meet aggression with some other kind of aggression. But the next time someone pushes you and you find yourself starting to react, try this: Do not resist or fight back, but yield, turn the other cheek, bend.
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If you surrender instead, you have an opportunity to coil around your enemy and strike with your fangs from close up. Law Concentrate your forces intensity defeats extensity every time. The world wants to assign you a role in life.
And once you accept that role you are doomed. Remake yourself into a character of power. Working on yourself like clay should be one of your greatest and most pleasurable life tasks. The first step in the process of self-creation is self-consciousness— being aware of yourself as an actor and taking control of your appearance and emotions.
The second step in the process of self-creation is a variation on the George Sand strategy: the creation of a memorable character, one that compels attention, that stands out above the other players on the stage. Law Keep your hands clean Conceal your mistakes, have a scapegoat around to blame. Make use of the cats paw. Lions circle the hesitant prey. Boldness strikes fear, fear creates authority.
Going halfway with half a heart digs a deeper grave. Hesitation creates gaps, boldness obliterates them. Audacity separates you from the herd. When you are as small and obscure as David was, you must find a Goliath to attack. The larger the target, the more attention you gain. Law Plan all the way to the end No notes. Color the choices, propose three or four choices of action for each situation, and would present them in such a way that the one he preferred always seemed the best solution compared to the others.
Alter the playing field. This is an excellent negotiating ploy to use on the chronically indecisive, who will fall for the idea that they are getting a better deal today than if they wait till tomorrow. Try reason and they will always find a way to procrastinate. As they wriggle between the horns of the dilemma, they dig their own grave. Someone or something out there is to blame— the other, the world, the gods— and so salvation comes from the outside as well.
That weakness is usually an insecurity, an uncontrollable emotion or need; it can also be a small secret pleasure.
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Once convinced of this, they will never suspect that you may have ulterior motives. Surrender gives you time to recover, time to torment and irritate your conqueror, time to wait for his power to wane. Do not give him the satisfaction of fighting and defeating you—surrender first. By turning the other cheek you infuriate and unsettle him. Make surrender a tool of power. Law Concentrate your forces Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point.
You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to another—intensity defeats extensity every time.
When looking for sources of power to elevate you, find the one key patron, the fat cow who will give you milk for a long time to come. Law Play the perfect courtier The perfect courtier thrives in a wholrd where everything revolves around power and political dexterity.
He has mastered the art of indirection; he flatters, yields to superiors, and asserts power over others in the most oblique and graceful manner. Learn and apply the laws of courtiership and there will be no limit to how far you can rise in the court. Law Recreate yourself Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience.
Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define it for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions—your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life. Law Keep your hands clean You must seem a paragon of civility and efficiency: Your hands are never soiled by mistakes and nasty deeds.
Become the focal point of such desire by offering them a cause, a new faith to follow.
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Keep your words vague but full of promise; emphasize enthusiasm over rationality and clear thinking. Give your new disciples rituals to perform, ask them to make sacrifices on your behalf. In the absence of organized religion and grand causes, your new belief system will bring you untold power. Law Enter action with boldness If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness.
Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily correctd with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.
Law Plan all the way to the end The ending is everything. Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others. By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop.
Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead. Law Make your accomplishments seem effortless Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease. All the toil and practice that go into them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed. When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more.
Avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work—it only raises questions. Teach no one your tricks or they will be used against you. Law Control the options: Get others to play with the cards you deal The best deceptions are the ones that seem to give the other person a choice: Your victims feel they are in control, but are actually your puppets.
Give people options that come out in your favor whichever one they choose. Force them to make choices between the lesser of two evils, both of which serve your purpose. Put them on the horns of a dilemma. They are gored wherever they turn. Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes from disenchantment. Life is so harsh and distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oases in the desert: Everyone flocks to them.
There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses. That weakness is usually an insecurity, an uncontrollable emotion or need; it can also be a small secret pleasure.
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Either way, once found, it is a thumbscrew you can turn to your advantage. Law Be royal in your own fashion: Act like a king to be treated like one The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated: In the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you.
For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown. Law Master the art of timing Never seem to be in a hurry—hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time.
Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually. Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to power. Learn to stand back when the time is not yet ripe, and to strike fiercely when it has reached fruition. Law Disdain things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility.
The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him; and a small mistake is often made worse and more visible when you try to fix it. It is sometimes best to leave things alone. If there is something you want but cannot have, show contempt for it. The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem. Law Create compelling spectacles Striking imagery and grand symbolic gestures create the aura of power—everyone responds to them. Stage spectacles for those around you, then, full of arresting visuals and radiant symbols that heighten your presence.
Dazzled by appearances, no one will notice what you are really doing. Law Think as you like but behave like others If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them. They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior.
It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness.
Law Stir up waters to catch fish Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive. You must always stay calm and objective. But if you can make your enemies angry while staying calm yourself, you gain a decided advantage.
Put your enemies off-balance: Find the chink in their vanity through which you can rattle them and you hold the strings. Law Despise the free lunch What is offered for free is dangerous—it usually involves either a trick or a hidden obligation. What has worth is worth paying for. By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt, and deceit. It is also often wise to pay the full price—there is no cutting corners with excellence. Be lavish with your money and keep it circulating, for generosity is a sign and a magnet for power.
If you succeed a great man or have a famous parent, you will have to accomplish double their achievements to outshine them.
Do not get lost in their shadow, or stuck in a past not of your own making: Establish your own name and identity by changing course.
Slay the overbearing father, disparage his legacy, and gain power by shining in your own way. Law Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter Trouble can often be traced to a single strong individual—the stirrer, the arrogant underling, the poisoner of goodwill. If you allow such people room to operate, others will succumb to their influence.
Do not wait for the troubles they cause to multiply, do not try to negotiate with them—they are irredeemable. Neutralize their influence by isolating or banishing them. Strike at the source of the trouble and the sheep will scatter. Law Work on the hearts and minds of others Coercion creates a reaction that will eventually work against you. You must seduce others into wanting to move in your direction. A person you have seduced becomes your loyal pawn.
And the way to seduce others is to operate on their individual psychologies and weaknesses. Soften up the resistant by working on their emotions, playing on what they hold dear and what they fear. Ignore the hearts and minds of others and they will grow to hate you. Law Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect The mirror reflects reality, but it is also the perfect tool for deception: When you mirror your enemies, doing exactly as they do, they cannot figure out your strategy.
The Mirror Effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact. By holding up a mirror to their psyches, you seduce them with the illusion that you share their values; by holding up a mirror to their actions, you teach them a lesson. Few can resist the power of the Mirror Effect.
Law Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once Everyone understands the need for change in the abstract, but on the day-to-day level people are creatures of habit. Too much innovation is traumatic, and will lead to revolt. If you are new to a position of power, or an outsider trying to build a power base, make a show of respecting the old way of doing things.
If change is necessary, make it feel like a gentle improvement on the past.
Law Never appear too perfect Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses.
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Audacity separates you from the herd. The first step in the process of self-creation is self-consciousness— being aware of yourself as an actor and taking control of your appearance and emotions. In victory, know when to stop No notes. It's a collection of fascinating finds from my week, usually about psychology, technology, health, philosophy, and whatever else catches my interest.
Such power should only be used judiciously. If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired. Accept the fact that nothing is certain and no law is fixed.
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