Law 30: Make Your Achievements Seem Effortless: Make difficult achievements seem effortless, and you will arouse admiration in others and appear powerful. On the other hand, if you put in too much effort, your performance will look less impressive and you will lose respect. The more attention you pay to your enemy, the more powerful you make it, and a small mistake becomes more serious and visible when you try to fix it. Robert Greene has a huge career as one of those writers who want to share the written word with everyone; These authors believe that every human being deserves to have a fair share of universal knowledge and power. The criticism doesn`t seem to shake Greene. He says he had some tough times early in his career when he violated the first law of power in his book (“Never Outshine the Master”). But learning the laws of power gave him peace. Also, don`t commit to anyone. Stay away from small fights and quarrels. Feign interest, but let others fight while you watch and wait. Often, it can be a good tactic to foment disputes between two parties and then gain power by acting as a mediator.
Greene says he got his next lesson in power when he started working as a writer in Hollywood. Every transaction — professional or personal — revolved around someone seeking more power, he says. Jeffrey Pfeffer is a professor at Stanford University and a management guru. People like lists, he says, but 48 laws is too much. “The 48 laws of Power Summary” speaks on Greene`s behalf to adults, children, all students, entrepreneurs, workers of different races, and power seekers to change their mindset and perception, a different way of thinking would lead them to a more spacious way of thinking that generates happiness and dexterity. If you can stay calm while infuriating your opponents, you can gain an advantage. By finding their weaknesses, you can disturb them and play with them at will. The angry they are, the more ridiculous they will appear. This will reduce their power. All problems can usually be attributed to a single person.
By exterminating this person and preventing him from operating, you will stop his influence. Do not waste time, otherwise their influence will multiply. In each group, power is concentrated in one or two people. Therefore, it is important to understand who controls the group. This becomes even more difficult, as troublemakers prefer to disguise their actions. However, isolate their power and they become superfluous. Greene says the struggle for power affects even the most benign human relationships. Think about how babies threaten, have badgers and plan to get their way, he says.
Do not accept the roles that society imposes on you. Recreate yourself by forging a new identity, one that attracts attention and never bores the audience. Be the master of your own image instead of letting others define it for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions – your power will be enhanced and your character will appear larger than life. Law 13: When asking for help, appeal to people`s self-interest, never to their mercy or gratitude: If you need the help of someone in a position of power, appeal to their personal interest. They are happy to help when they get something in return, and you get what you want without being desperate or irritating. By constantly going against the tide in public, people will start to annoy you because you feel inferior. Practice merging and hiding your true feelings to cultivate the common touch.
This way, you will be left alone to express your true beliefs in a targeted way. Once a power base is established, you can begin to spread your beliefs gradually, and they are more likely to be embraced. When you surrender, you have more time to recover and wait for its power to diminish. Don`t let the opponent have the satisfaction of defeating you. Law 4: Always say less than necessary: Say little and be ambiguous and leave the meaning to others to interpret it. The less you say, the more intimidating and powerful you are. Greene, whose relaxed and calm behavior seems to contradict his books, has long been fascinated by power. Initially, his interest was limited to sport. He went on to graduate with a degree in classical studies and saw how power shaped history. Always make sure that the people above feel comfortably superior.
Hide the extent of your own talents, otherwise your masters might not feel safe. The better you make your Master appear, the higher the level of power you will attain. Those who stand above you want to feel safe and superior in their positions. This may mean making some harmless mistakes so that you can ask your master for help. People want to believe in something. By inventing themselves as this sectarian entity, they will follow you and give you countless amounts of power. To become such a figure, you need to follow these steps: the truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes from disillusionment. Life is so hard and disturbing that people who can make romance or evoke fantasy are like oases in the desert: everyone flocks to it.
There is great power to tap into the fantasies of the masses. Greene realized that Hollywood`s ruling elite did not behave too differently from the ancient Chinese Athenians and emperors he met in his classical studies. By being tangible, you open yourself to attacks. Being malleable, adaptable and in motion makes you amazing. Accept that everything, everywhere, changes and embody this truth. By being as liquid as water, you protect yourself from the ever-changing nature of reality. By refusing to adapt and change, you do not evolve and your power is usurped. The powerful are constantly adapting and their power comes from the speed at which they can change. Given the importance of the idea of intelligence to most people`s vanity, it`s important to never offend or accidentally question a person`s brain power.
Reputation is the cornerstone of power. By reputation alone, you can intimidate and win; However, as soon as it slips, you are vulnerable and are attacked from all sides. Make your reputation unassailable. Always be vigilant against potential attacks and thwart them before they occur. In the meantime, learn how to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputation. So stand by your side and let public opinion hang them. Never trust anything that is free. Anything of value is worth paying for. Most things that are free come with a stressful psychological pricing task. By paying, you avoid falling into the trap of having to be grateful, guilty or deceptive. Plus, wasting your money is a sign of power. Generosity softens your opponents so that they are deceived.
Being predictable empowers others. If you behave unpredictably and inconsistently, people stop trying to predict your movements. Robert Greene, author of “The 48 Laws,” says our fascination with power is rooted in our DNA. People want to romanticize their lives, and if you manage to fool them in that direction, you become powerful. Greene notes that the better you get to give up power, the best friend, the best lover, and the better person you become. This is because you learn to make others feel good, which makes them dependent on you, as a source of great joy to be there. Although it is dangerous to appear superior to others, it is even more dangerous to appear impeccable and without weakness. By showing harmless vices, you prevent the urge from arising and you make yourself appear more accessible. By letting the urge fester, it can manifest itself in various problematic ways that will eventually try to deprive you of your power.
Stop it in its momentum by making you look powerful but not flawless. How you wear yourself will often determine how you are treated: in the long run, the appearance will be vulgar or usually cause people to disrespect you. Because a king respects himself and awakens the same feeling in others. By acting royally and being sure of your powers, you feel destined to wear a crown. “It just brings a sense of calm and distance because things don`t bother me,” he says. “I look at everyone`s power games. That is a good position. What happens first always seems better and more original than what comes next.
If you follow a great man or have a famous relative, you need to double his achievements to overshadow them. Don`t get lost in their shadow or get stuck in a past you didn`t cause yourself: establish your own name and identity by changing course. Kill the arrogant father, denigrate his legacy, and gain power by shining in your own way.