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preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once – law 45 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 45 Everyone understands the need for change in the abstract, but on the day-to-day level people are creatures of habit. Too much innovation is traumatic, and will lead to revolt. If you are new to a position of power, or an outsider trying to build a power base, make a show of respecting the […]

October 13, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect – law 44 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 44 The mirror reflects reality, but it is also the perfect tool for deception: When you mirror your enemies, doing exactly as they do, they cannot figure out your strategy. The Mirror Effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact. By holding up a mirror to their psyches, you seduce them with the illusion […]

September 27, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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work on the hearts and minds of others – law 43 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 43 Coercion creates a reaction that will eventually work against you. You must seduce others into wanting to move in your direction. A person you have seduced becomes your loyal pawn. And the way to seduce others is to operate on their individual psychologies and weaknesses. Soften up the resistant by working on their […]

September 13, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter – law 42 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 42 Trouble can often be traced to a single strong individual – the stirrer, the arrogant underling, the poisoner of goodwill. If you allow such people room to operate, others will succumb to their influence. Do not wait for the troubles they cause to multiply, do not try to negotiate with them – they […]

August 27, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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7 things employees wish they could tell their boss about salaries

LinkedIn had an interesting article Friday whose title I snagged for this blog post. The 7 items are: We don’t care about pay scales Forget policies. We talk. We think about our pay a lot. We will sometimes let you take advantage. When we have to negotiate … we both lose. No matter how much we earn, […]

August 17, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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avoid stepping into a great man’s shoes – law 41 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 41 What happens first always appears better and more original than what comes after. If you succeed a great man or have a famous parent, you will have to accomplish double their achievements to outshine them. Do not get lost in their shadow, or stuck in a past not of your own making: Establish […]

August 13, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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despise the free lunch – law 40 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 40 What is offered for free is dangerous – it usually involves either a trick or hidden obligation. What has worth is worth paying for. By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt, and deceit. It is also often wise to pay the full price – there is no cutting corners […]

July 27, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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apps on the network

{This started as a Disqus reply to Eric’s post. Then I realized blog comments shouldn’t be longer than the original post } The app-on-network concept is fascinating: and one I think I’ve thought about previously, too. Hypothetically, all “social networks” should have the same connections: yet there’s dozens upon dozens (I use at least 4 […]

July 14, 2014 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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stir up waters to catch fish – law 39 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 39 Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive. You must always stay calm and objective. But if you can make your enemies angry while staying calm yourself, you gain a decided advantage. Put your enemies off-balance. Find the chink in their vanity through which you can rattle them and you hold the strings. –Robert Greene, […]

July 13, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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think as you like but behave as others – law 38 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 38 If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them. They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior. It is far safer to blend in and […]

June 27, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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