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  • Jaime Deschamps

The 48 laws of power:

The book The 48 Laws of Power was written by Robert Greene, an American writer and graduate of UC Berkeley - Classical Studies.

In his youth, Robert Greene struggled to find what to do with his life. In interviews, he has stated that before turning to writing, he worked at over 80 different jobs including a pet store, selling parking tickets, being a truck driver, working in a warehouse, and being a paralegal.

In 1995 he published his first book - The 48 Laws of Power, which has sold millions of copies and has become a bestseller.

This book analyzes the workings of power in politics, business and personal relationships, providing a guide to achieving power and influence.

Today Robert is considered an expert on the dynamics of power. Several celebrities have declared to be admirers of Robert Greene, among them: 50 cent, Drake, David Beckham and Dov Charney among others.

Robert Greene's books are based on the teachings of various historical figures and events. Some of the characters analyzed in this book are: Napoleon Bonaparte, Sun Tzu, Machiavelli and Casanova, among others.

The 48 laws of power that are analyzed in this book are the following:

  1. Don't overlap your objectives with those of your superiors.

  2. Do not reveal too much about yourself.

  3. Learn to say less than necessary.

  4. Always say less than necessary.

  5. Adapt yourself to the mood of the people around you.

  6. Court those in power.

  7. Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit.

  8. Make people depend on you.

  9. Use your enemies to get what you want.

  10. Don't compromise with anyone.

  11. Learn to stay awake.

  12. Become an actor.

  13. Face your enemies directly.

  14. Plan all your actions to the end.

  15. Make people come to you: use bait if necessary.

  16. Use absence to increase respect and honor.

  17. Keep others in temporary ignorance.

  18. Don't build fortresses to protect yourself; isolation is dangerous.

  19. Know who the fool in the room is.

  20. Don't commit to anyone who doesn't deserve it.

  21. Play on people's need to believe in something to create an alternate reality.

  22. Use the devil's advocate tactic: question everything.

  23. Find the weak side of others and use it to your advantage.

  24. Change the way you act to fit the world.

  25. Make people depend on you to solve their problems.

  26. Use selective kindness and generosity to disarm your victim.

  27. Make others come to you; use bait if necessary.

  28. Take action boldly.

  29. Plan ahead for the future.

  30. Make your accomplishments look easy.

  31. Control the options: before making a decision, create a list of options and evaluate their pros and cons.

  32. Play on people's need to believe to create an alternative reality

  33. Discover the value of silence and solitude.

  34. Pay generously to those who deserve to be paid.

  35. Aspire to greatness.

  36. Use distraction to create confusion and avoid confrontation.

  37. Learn to keep secrets.

  38. Think long term.

  39. Generate controversy: Any kind of publicity is good, even bad publicity. Generate controversy to attract attention and keep it on you.

  40. Don't play lone wolf: Act like a spy in your own organization. Create groups of people and use their collective energy to achieve your goals.

  41. Avoid choosing a successor: If you choose a successor, you will weaken yourself. People will align themselves with him or her instead of you, making you vulnerable.

  42. Get used to infidelity: Don't be surprised or offended by the infidelity of others. There are always people willing to betray you. Be prepared and be careful.

  43. Learn to retreat: Knowing when to retreat is as important as knowing when to move forward. Don't stay in one place too long or leave too soon.

  44. Create an aura of mystery: Don't reveal everything about yourself. Create an air of mystery that draws people to you.

  45. Defeat your enemies without fighting: If you can defeat your enemies without fighting, do it. Often, the best way to win is not to fight.

  46. Don't compromise: Don't compromise for nothing. If you compromise, you lose your power.

  47. Don't overdo gratitude: Too much gratitude makes you look weak. Show gratitude, but don't overdo it.

  48. Be bold: Be bold and take risks. If you are afraid to do something, do it anyway. Fear is paralyzing and keeps you from achieving your goals.

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