fighting the lack of good ideas

be royal in your own fashion: act like a king to be treated like one – law 34 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 34

The way your carry yourself will often determine how you are treated: In the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

discover each man’s thumbscrew – law 33 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 33

Everyone has a weakness, a gap in the castle wall. That weakness is usually an insecurity, and uncontrollable emotion or need; it can also be a small secret pleasure. Either way, once found, it is a thumbscrew you can turn to your advantage. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

play to people’s fantasies – law 32 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 32

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 disenchantment. Life is so harsh and distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oases in the desert: Everyone flocks to them. There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

control the options: get others to play with the cards you deal – law 31 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 31

The best deceptions are the ones that seem to give the other person a choice: Your victims feel they are in control, but are actually your puppets. Give people options that come out in your favor whichever one they choose. Force them to make chocies between the lesser of two evils, both of which serve your purpose. Put them on the horns of a dilemma: They are gored wherever they turn. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

make your accomplishments seem effortless – law 30 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 30

Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease. All the toil and practice that go into them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed. When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more. Avoid the temptation of the revealing how hard you work – it only raises questions. Teach no one your tricks or they will be used against you. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

plan all the way to the end – law 29 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 29

The ending is everything. Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others. By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop. Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

enter action with boldness – law 28 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 28

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. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)