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The 48 Laws of Power

The secret methods to getting what you want
Book by: Robert Greene
Publishing Year: 1998
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The 48 Laws of Power is a book by Robert Greene. He first thought about writing a book when he was a writer in Hollywood. This book explains to us how leaders act and behave in certain circumstances. This book helps us learn some valuable lessons, that some of the greatest leaders of our times had to learn the hard way. Robert Greene has also taken inspiration from the philosophies of Carl Von Clausewitz, Machiavelli, and other influential leaders.

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Lesson 1. Try not to outshine your boss or your superior.  

Impressing your boss is one thing, but try not to steal the limelight.

As weird as this may sound, but trying to always outshine others can sometimes lead to worse situations. This is a proven theory, that all powerful people want to be the center of attention. If you try to rob them of their limelight, things can get messy for you. Always trying to be productive and successful will always shift the focus on you, which is a good thing, but it has its demerits as well. People will become envious and jealous, and your superiors will definitely not appreciate this change. Just keep this in mind the next time you try to outshine someone.   There is an incident that can explain this concept even better. Under the rule of King Louis XIV in France, Nicolas Fouquet was the finance minister. Fouquet was loyal, hard-working, and smart. But he was blinded by the power he held. When the Prime Minister died, he was the favourite for the position.

To show the king how influential and powerful he was, and to gain support, he threw a lavish party and invited the king as well.

His plan backfired, and he was arrested by the order of the king, for possession of a suspiciously large amount of wealth. In reality, the King felt overshadowed and outshined, and he decided to get Fouquet arrested.  

Therefore, instead of trying to act all influential and powerful, you should always try to make the person in charge look smarter.

This would not only boost his ego, but will also be beneficial for your growth. The person in charge will support you because you have gained his trust.  

Lesson 2. Sometimes, it is okay to take “Inspiration” from other people.  

Imagine that you have to submit a research paper tomorrow. You haven't even started working on it yet and your mind is absolutely blank. Now what would you do in this scenario? There are so many research papers online, and you know it is morally wrong to copy and take credit for their work. But sometimes, this is the only option you have. If the work is already available for you to use, why waste your time doing it again? You need to learn to utilize this to your advantage. Most people might think this to be wrong, and the truth is that this is not the right thing to do, but you can use this to your

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Famous quotes from The 48 Laws of Power

  1. Never Outshine the Master
  2. -Robert Greene
  3. Never Put Too Much Trust in Friends, Learn How to Use Enemies
  4. -Robert Greene
  5. Conceal Your Intentions
  6. -Robert Greene
  7. Always Say Less Than Necessary
  8. -Robert Greene
  9. So Much Depends on Reputation—Guard It With Your Life
  10. -Robert Greene
  11. Court Attention at All Costs
  12. -Robert Greene
  13. Get Others to Do the Work for You, But Always Take the Credit
  14. -Robert Greene
  15. Make Other People Come to You—Use Bait if Necessary
  16. -Robert Greene
  17. Win Through Your Actions, Never Through Argument
  18. -Robert Greene
  19. Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky
  20. -Robert Greene
  21. Learn to Keep People Dependent on You
  22. -Robert Greene
  23. Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm Your Victim
  24. -Robert Greene
  25. When Asking for Help, Appeal to People’s Self-Interest, Never to Their Mercy or Gratitude
  26. -Robert Greene
  27. Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy
  28. -Robert Greene
  29. Crush Your Enemy Totally
  30. -Robert Greene
  31. Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor
  32. -Robert Greene
  33. Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability
  34. -Robert Greene
  35. Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself— Isolation is Dangerous
  36. -Robert Greene
  37. Know Who You’re Dealing With— Don’t Offend the Wrong Person
  38. -Robert Greene
  39. Do Not Commit to Anyone
  40. -Robert Greene
  41. Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker— Appear Dumber Than Your Mark
  42. -Robert Greene
  43. Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power
  44. -Robert Greene
  45. Concentrate Your Forces
  46. -Robert Greene
  47. Play the Perfect Courtier
  48. -Robert Greene
  49. When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity... you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others
  50. -Robert Greene
  51. 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 corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.
  52. -Robert Greene
  53. Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent
  54. -Robert Greene
  55. Do not leave your reputation to chance or gossip; it is your life’s artwork, and you must craft it, hone it, and display it with the care of an artist.
  56. -Robert Greene
  57. Never waste valuable time, or mental peace of mind, on the affairs of others—that is too high a price to pay.
  58. -Robert Greene
  59. Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.
  60. -Robert Greene

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a renowned author, speaker, and expert in human behavior, Greene has captivated millions with his insightful works on power, strategy, and personal development. His profound understanding of psychology, history, and strategy has made him a trusted guide for...

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  • Lesson 1. Try not to outshine your boss or your superior.  
  • Lesson 2. Sometimes, it is okay to take “Inspiration” from other people.  
  • Lesson 3. By acting as their friend, you can learn a lot about people.  
  • Lesson 4. Unpredictability is your ally.  
  • Lesson 5. Sometimes, giving up is the best decision.  
  • Lesson 6. If you want to be treated like a superior, you have to act like one.  
  • Lesson 7. People can be manipulated.  
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In the summary of The 48 Laws of Power book, there are 7 key lessons. These lessons include:

  1. Lesson 1. Try not to outshine your boss or your superior.  
  2. Lesson 2. Sometimes, it is okay to take “Inspiration” from other people.  
  3. Lesson 3. By acting as their friend, you can learn a lot about people.  
  4. Lesson 4. Unpredictability is your ally.  
  5. Lesson 5. Sometimes, giving up is the best decision.  
  6. Lesson 6. If you want to be treated like a superior, you have to act like one.  
  7. Lesson 7. People can be manipulated.  

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