I recently read the 48 laws of power by Robert Greene.
- If you leverage the laws of power, People will believe you’re worthy of a powerful position and listen to what you have to say.
- If you obey the laws of power, You’ll prolong your time in a powerful position because your opponents will think twice when trying to challenge you.
I’ve distilled many of the 48 laws of power into three easy-to-remember laws. what I call the primary power loss. If you use these three primary power laws, they’ll significantly increase your power in meetings, negotiations, as well as any organisation in which you work.
Say as little as possible and let your actions speak for themselves.
Robert Green says When you’re trying to impress people with your words, the more you say, the more common you appear and the less in control you feel. Increase your power by being comfortable with silence and letting people nervously try to kill you. Keep quiet and reveal valuable information you can use. When you do speak, amplify the impact of your words by perfecting your timing on number 35.
We are like a hawk, silently circling above a conversation, watching, listening. And waiting for the right moment to jump in and say a few well-thought-out words to receptive years. you limit your words, they become like a scarce resource that leaves people wanting more. When you limit your words during an argument, you become more persuasive. When someone argues a position, they’re emotionally attached to that position. It’s better to remain silent, listen and simply say, “Okay, let’s try it your way.” They then either demonstrate why they’re wrong or behave in a way that makes them believe they’re getting their way.
When Michelangelo was finishing the marble statue of young David in Florence, the city’s mayor told Michelangelo that the statue’s nose was too big. Michelangelo didn’t argue because arguing simply angered the mayor and jeopardised future projects, so instead, Michelangelo crawled up the scaffolding to the head of the statue with a small amount of dust in one hand. As he appeared to chip away at the nose, he let dust fall to the ground, but never touched the nose with his chisel. Minutes later, the mayor said, “I like it better.” You made it come alive.
By saying little and concealing your intentions, power law number three can prevent your competition from getting the upper hand and will allow you to consistently fool your audience when you release your.
Apple, arguably the most powerful company on the planet at the moment, goes to great lengths to conceal its intentions. By saying very little about their next product, they create their competition. Guess what they’re up to and have a powerful impact on the market when they finally announce a new product.
And if you say little about your work process, you give people the impression that your achievements are effortless, power law number 30. The great Houdini captivated audiences because he never revealed his tricks and never let people know how hard he practised each escape before he performed in front of a live audience. Speaking little about his process led people to believe that he had superior psychic abilities.
Muhammad Ali called himself the greatest. Babe Ruth pointed at the outfield wall before going to bed, and Richard Branson drove a tank downtime square and flew a hot air balloon. These bold individuals created compelling spectacles under power law number 37 that garnered attention, however, number 6, which elevated their status in sports and business. In the lead up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, I wondered why so many people were running for office. I had no chance of winning, but I later realised that by merely setting and pursuing an audacious goal by becoming the president, the governors and senators running for office elevated their status back in their home state.
Having the audacity to challenge powerful people in powerful organisations is also a great way to increase your perceived power. When software companies like Epic Games sue Apple for app store violations, they get media attention and strengthen their brand. Muhammad Ali took on the United States of America by refusing to be drafted for the Vietnam War. His boldness and audacity to take on the highest authority in a tactical manner made him one of the most powerful sports figures in history.
Sean White and some mobiles were powerhouses in their respective sports because they routinely showed up to events with audacious new moves that captivated the audience’s attention and made their opponents feel like they couldn’t compete at the same level. updated by concentrating all your forces. We’ll focus power law number 23 on one bold objective that we’ll get people talking about. Before pursuing such a goal, mentally prepare for all possible obstacles and twists of fortune and pitfalls. You may encounter power law number 29, so you can enter an adjacent endeavour with boldness, power, and law number 20.
As green points out, everyone admires the bold. No one honours the timid.
Bruce Lee said he must be shapeless and formless, like water and When you’re like water, you frustrate the hell out of your opponents because you adapt to every obstacle thrown at you. You never fortify yourself in one position and become an easy target because you’re constantly evolving and recreating yourself. Power law number 25. Green says you do not accept the roles that society has assigned to you; you become the master of your own image rather than letting others define it for you. By being a formalist People never know where you stand, which creates a powerful air of unpredictability. Number 17 is a power.
A Democrat or Republican who votes across party lines for Democratic and Republican bills in the United States.He’s a powerful negotiator because they force other senators to give them generous offers in order to secure their votes. Your formlessness will be fueled by one truth. That is, everything changes everything. Since you know everything changes, you remain calm and emotionally stable when everyone else is fluttered by change. People will see your emotional stability in the face of change as a superpower.
Green says the ability to master your emotions is critical to building a foundation of power. An emotional response to a situation is the single greatest barrier to power. In the end, You’ll increase the power of what you say by saying as little as possible and letting your actions speak for you. By being bold and audacious, you’ll make people believe you’re more powerful than you really are.
And you will protect your power by being formless, never clinging to one position, group, or identity, and embracing change. But if you truly want power, remember the most important power law of all: never appear power-hungry and never make overpowered moves. As Napoleon advised, Place your iron hand inside a velvet glove. That was the core message that I gathered from the 48 laws of power by Robert Green. This book will help you understand the power games that are constantly being played around you.