48 Laws of Power According to Robert Greene

Recently I bought a red book. It’s quite expensive but it’s worth it. I find most of its ideas different from I’m used to. Maybe, it’s liberating as well, and they’re worth trying. Here is the list of 20 out of 48 items, which Robert Greene, the author refers as the 48 Laws of Power.

1. Never outshine the master

2. Never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use enemies

3. Conceal your intentions

4. Always say less than necessary

5. So much depends on reputation – guard it with your life

6. Court attention at all costs

7. Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit. NOTE: this is not really as negative as it sounds. That’s why you have to read the whole chapter.

8. Make other people come to you – use bait if necessary

9. Win through your actions, never through argument

10. Avoid the unhappy and unlucky

11. Learn to keep people dependent on you

12. Use selective honesty and generosity

13. When asking for help, appeal to people’s self-interest

14. Pose as a friend, work as a spy

15. Crush your enemy totally

16. Use absence to increase respect and honor

17. Keep others in suspense: cultivate an air of unpredictability

18. Do not build fortress to protect yourself – isolation is dangerous

19. Know who you’re dealing with – do not offend the wrong person

20. Do not commit to anyone

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