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The 48 Laws of Power

Understand the hidden logic behind power

The 48 Laws of Power  explains that the rise to power depends on  a person’s ability to adapt, to change their behaviour, and to control their emotions, in order to become the master of their reactions to events. The author then moves on to our interactions with others, which is the essence of the power, and which can only exist as a result exercising one’s influence over others:  one must behave reliably, build an unassailable reputation, keep away from negative people, and form close relationships with competent individuals, whether they be friends or enemies. Any character traits that you don't possess innately can be created and reinvented, and you can pretend to be charismatic and self-confident until, through your actions, you actually prove yourself to be so, exerting your influence over others to ever greater effect.

The 48 Laws of Power
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Many useful tips to:

  • Use social skills as effectively as possible.
  • Learn to establish successful business relationships.
  • Reach positions of leadership and responsibility more easily.
  • Better understand the logic behind power and manipulation.

The author of the book:

Referred to as the “modern-day Machiavelli”, Robert Greene is an American writer, well known for his books on strategy, power, and seduction. He is the author of six international bestsellers, with his rise to fame beginning in 1998, following the publication of The 48 Laws of Power, with more than 1.2 million copies sold to this day. Just prior to releasing The Laws of Human Nature, he suffered a heart attack, resulting in him losing the use of his left hand and leg.

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To win the "game of power" you need to be flexible and control your emotions

The best way to be successful in the so-called "game of power” is to constantly change your perspective on events and the world around you, and, even more importantly, to be able to control your emotions. Both a "negative" feeling, such as anger, and a "positive" one, such as love, can have destructive effects on a person’s climb to the top, as they are reactions capable of clouding your perception of things: rather, you must strive to remain objective in your judgments of the present, the past, and the future. You need to take a step back and analyse your own mistakes as if from a distance, learning to properly evaluate every circumstance, and modifying any ideas you may have surrounding the concepts of good and evil. Power is, in fact, like a game, and human beings have been playing it for more than 3,000 years.

  

The key ideas of "The 48 Laws of Power"

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To win the "game of power" you need to be flexible and control your emotions
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At work, you mustn’t outshine your superior, and you need to choose the right allies
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Protect yourself and extract information from others by only revealing the bare minimum
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You must be constantly committed to working on your reputation
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The best relationships are those that increase your power, not the other way around
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In relationships with friends and enemies, you need to leverage the right motivation
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Understanding others is key to gaining greater power
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To be successful, you must never get distracted from your end goal, making the journey seem effortless
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Creating a self-confident, charismatic, and bold character is both useful and convenient
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Others must always think that they have everything under control
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To gain power, you must be patient and indifferent
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Non-conformism, and the desire to resort to shortcuts, must be kept at bay
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Moderation, skill, and adaptation to change: flexibility is the key to power
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