fighting the lack of good ideas

always say less than necessary – law 4 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 4

When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original it you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

Proverbs 17:28

Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.

conceal your intentions – law 3 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 3

Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions. If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense. Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelop them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use enemies – law 2 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 2

Be wary of friends – they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also becomes spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

never outshine the master – law 1 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 1

Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite – inspire fear and insecurity. Make your mission appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

Matthew 10:25a

It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master.

the 48 laws of power by robert greene

Unlike my previous book reviews, I’ve decided to approach The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene in a slightly different manner.

Mr Greene’s collection of historical observations into a neatly-distilled, easily-readable format should make everyone who reads it want to put a copy on their desk – and reread [parts of] it frequently.

The format is highly engaging – and not presented in a manner which demands linear consumption: there are quotes in the margins, unusual font and layout choices for some parts of each chapter … in short, it reads the way a modern collection of fables (a la Aesop) might be published.

Drawing from historical narratives stretching more than 2 millenia, The 48 Laws of Power covers a variety of cultures, nations, and times – but displays those aspects of the powerful (and the power seeker) that drive and define the overwhelming vast majority of those who have held positions of power and influence for centuries.