Comprehensive Summary Of The 48 Laws Of Power-Robert Greene

Even if you have not read this powerful book titled The 48 laws of power by Robert Greene, you should at least glance through the summary of the 48 laws.

This particular post is simply a comprehensive summary of the 48 laws of power. You don’t need to miss it for anything.

I came across the video on youtube, and I was immediately glued to it, I couldn’t take my eyes off the video until I finished watching it.

The 48 laws of power by Robert Greene is a book that is worth reading, it will automatically open your eyes to so many things.

There are so many things to learn from this book, I did not actually read the book, because the summary is so comprehensive that you will almost prefer it to the book itself.

If you actually want to master and know how to be in charge at every place you find yourself, then you should probably thank Robert Greene for revealing these 48 secrets to you.

The secrets of power are everywhere, but after reading this book or the summary, you will find out that indeed, the difference is clear.

You can glance through the summary of the 48 laws of power here in this post, and please don’t forget to follow Insight Junky on youtube for more powerful videos.

Law No 1

Never Outshine The Mater.

Always make those above you feel comfortably superior, make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the greatest heights of power.

For example, in an office setting your job as an employee is to make your boss look good, a lot of people think that going over the top and impressing their master will earn them some accolades.

If you don’t seem like a threat to your boss, then you will learn more from them and you will have their trust.

Law No 2

Never Put Too Much Trust In Friends

Instead of doing that, learn how to use enemies, beware of friends, they can betray you more quickly because they can be jealous.

Enemies, on the other hand, have no concealed intentions because you already know that they are your enemies and they already hate you.

You have to learn how to use enemies and make them work for you. They have more to prove and you won’t be surprised if they betray you.

Law No 3

Conceal your intentions 

Never reveal exactly what you intend to do, if you tell someone how you are going to attack them, then they are going to have time to prepare for defense.

Make them wonder what your intentions are, be unspecific with your language, be unavailable, and don’t ever tell someone your plan of action because e this is how you will open yourself up for an attack from the enemy.

Law No 4

Always Say Less Than Necessary 

If you talk a lot, you will likely say something foolish eventually, so keep your mouth short.

Law No 5

So Much Depend On Reputation 

Guard it with your life, reputation is the cornerstone of power, through reputation alone you can intimidate and win.

Once you sleep off, you become vulnerable to attack.

Law No 6

Call Attention At All Cost

No matter what you do, you will be judged by your appearance, so if you want to be in power, stand out and be conspicuous at all costs.

Law No 7

Get Others To Do The Work For You, But Always Take The Credit.

Never do yourself, what others can do for you. Learn how to get people to do things for you, but make sure you always take the credit.

This will make you look like an efficient machine while saving your precious time and energy.

Law No 8

Make Other People Come To You.

Use bait if necessary, if you are waiting for someone else to make the first move, you are going to lose.

Make them come to you, make them react first, you can tactically persuade them and you can equally use any kind of bait.

If you can make them react, they are going to be in your control all the time.

Law No 9

Win Through Your Actions, Not Through Arguments.

If you think that winning in petty arguments with people will make you seem powerful, then you are a very big fool.

It makes you look like a petty fool, if you want to prove someone wrong, do that through your actions because that is going to make you seem a lot more powerful and in control than winning through an argument.

Law No 10

Infection; Avoid The Unhappy And The Unlucky.

You need to avoid unhappy and unlucky people at all costs. “ Misery loves company” and these miserable people are going to drag you down with them if you are not careful.

Law No 11

Learn To Keep People Dependent In You.

If you teach people how to live without you, sooner or later, they are going to abandon you, but if you want complete power, then people have to depend on you.

The more people you have that depend on you, the more freedom you have.

Law No 12

Use Selective Honesty And Generosity To Disarm Your Victims.

People are usually conscious of each other, if you are always seen to be perfect, in control, and selfish, then nobody is going to trust you.

So be selectively honest, tell them a secret that you don’t really care about, but make it seem like a big deal.

Be kind to them in such a way that will make it look like you care about them, this way you can disarm your victims and take advantage of them.

Law No 13

When Asking For Help, Appeal To People’s Self-interests, Never Their Mercy Or Gratitude

If you want someone to help you, give them a selfish reason to do so. So many people have shorter memory spans.

They are not going to care if you helped them in the past or if you are always kind to them, but if you show that they can make a million dollars by helping you, they are going to be very enthusiastic and will assist you in any little way.

Don’t expect mercy or gratitude from anyone

Law No 14 

Pose As a Friend, Work As A Spy

Be friendly with people, make them feel safe with you, get them to talk about themselves, and while doing so, you can spy on them.

Ask indirect questions that may not seem like much, but will reveal their insecurities and fears.

In order to get power over people, you need to have leverage over them, on them is the best way to extract that information.

Law No 15

Crush Your Enemies Totally.

In order to win, you have to crush your enemies completely, if you leave an enemy partially wounded, he will recover and come back to seek revenge.

That is why when you defeat someone, you have to make sure that you destroy them completely so that they can never be back.

Law No 16

Use Absence to Increase Respect And Honour

You have to create value through scarcity, if you are always available, then people will take you for granted.

Being absent for a while will sometime make you the most talked about. Learn to cultivate an aura of mystery by being absent and that will give you more power over people.

Law No 17 

Keep Others In Suspended Terror, Cultivate An Air Of Unpredictability.

Humans are creatures of habit with an insatiable need to see familiarity in other people’s actions.

Your predictability gives them a sense of control, turn the table, be deliberately unpredictable because behavior that seems to have no consistency or purpose will keep them off balance and they will find it hard to explain your moves.

Law No 18

Do Not Build Fortresses To Protect Yourself, Isolation Is Dangerous

The world is dangerous and enemies are everywhere, everyone has to protect themselves.

A fortress is the safest but isolation exposes you to more dangers than it protects you from it.

It cuts you off from valuable information and makes you an easy target, think of it as mingling with the crowd, the deeper you are, the harder it is to catch you.

Law No 19

Know Who You Are Dealing With, Don’t Offend The Wrong Person.

We have different kinds of people in the world and you will not assume that everybody will like your strategy in the same way.

Some of them can spend the rest of their lives seeking revenge. Do not maneuver the wrong kind of people.

Choose people who you mess with care and don’t offend someone who is way too powerful than you are.

Law No 20

Don’t Commit To Anyone.

It is only a fool who will always rush to take sides. Do not commit to any side but to yourself. By maintaining that independence, you become the muscle of others.

Playing people against themselves will make men pursue you, but appearing neutral and unbiased will make you have more power.

Law No 21

Play a Sucker To Catch A Sucker, Seem Dumber Than Your Mark

No one likes feeling more stupid than the next person, the trick is to make your victims feel smarter.

Allow them to feel smarter than you are, once convinced of this, they will never suspect that you have ulterior motives.

Law No 22

Use Surrender Tactics, Transform Weakness Into Power

 Never fight for honor’s sake, choose surrender instead, surrender gives you time to recover, time to amend, and time to wait for the next power to win.

Get rid of your ego and surrender first, by doing this, your opponent will not know the next thing to do.

Law No 23

Concentrate Your Forces

Conserve your force and energy by keeping them concentrated at the strongest point. When looking for the source of power to elevate you, find the one key patron because the fat cow will give you enough milk in time to come.

Law No 24

Play The Perfect Courtier

A courtier knows when to exert his power over others in a graceful and polite manner. Learn how to play the perfect courtier while you are grabbing the power.

This way you slip by undetected without the knowledge of others.

Law No 25

Recreate Yourself

Don’t accept the roles that the social forces on you, recreate yourself by forcing a new identity, one that can command attention and never bores the audience.

Be the master of your own image, rather than letting others define it for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your actions and your power will be enlarged.

Law No 26

Keep Your Hands Clean

You will seem like a perfect example of civility and efficiency, maintain this spotless appearance by using others as a scapegoat to disguise your involvement.

Law No 27

Play On People’s Need To Believe To A Cult-Like Following

People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something, becoming the focal point of such desires by offering them a new fate to follow.

Keep your words weird but follow full of promise, emphasize enthusiasm over rationality, and clear thinking.

Give your new disciples rituals to perform, ask them to make sacrifices on your behalf and if you think about it carefully, this is how politicians get their power.

Law No 28

Enter Action With Boldness

If you are entering a new course of action, don’t be shaken, your doubts and hesitations will affect your execution.

Enter any situation with audacity, do not be timid or shy otherwise you will be crushed eventually.

Law No 29

Play All The Way To The End

The ending is everything, plan all the way it takes into account all the possible consequences of secret and twist of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give glory to others.

Planning to the end, you will be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop

Law No 30

Make Your Accomplishment Seem Effortless 

Your action must be seen as natural and executed with ease, all the toys and practice that goes into them, and all the other claver tactics must be concealed.

When you act effortlessly as if you could do much more, avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work, it may raise questions.

Law No 31

Control Your Options, Get Others To Play With The Card You Deal.

The best deception is the one that seems to give the other person a choice. Your victims feel like they are in control, but actually, they are your puppets.

Give people false choices, force them to make choices between the lesser of two evils, but which will serve your purpose.

This false illusion of choice removes any suspicion from you.

Law No 32

Play To People’s Fantasies 

Life is so hard and stressful that people who can manufacture large quantities of fantasy are like an oasis in the desert, everyone flies to them.

So give people a fantasy that can capture their imagination and they will be in your hands.

Law No 33

Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew 

Everyone has a weakness and their weakness is usually insecurity and uncontrollable emotion.

It can also be a small secret pleasure, either way, once you figure out the way to use it, use it to your own advantage.

Law No 34.

Be Royal In Your Own Fashion, Act Like A King To Be Treated Like One.

The way you carry yourself often determines how you are treated. In the long run, appearing common will make people disrespect you.

 You have to respect yourself and inspire the same sentiment in others

 Law No 35.

Master The Act Of Timing 

Never seem to be in a hurry. Hurry shows that you have no control over your life, always seem patient as if you know that everything will come to you eventually.

 Law No 36

Disdain Things You Cannot Have, Ignoring Them Is The Best Revenge.

By encouraging a petty problem, you give it credibility, and the more attention you pay an enemy the stronger you make them, and the small mistake is made worse and more visible when you try to fix them. It is best to live alone.

 Law  No 37.

Create Compelling Spectacles

Striking imagery and ground symbolic gestures create the other of power: everyone responds to stage spectacles for those around you.

Ground parties and audition ceremonies impress your guest, going with your appearance no one will notice what you are doing.

 Law No 38

Think As You Like But Behave Like Others

If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas in orthodox ways, people think that you will only want attention and if you look down on them they will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior.

 It is safer to blend in and know which is the common touch.

 Law No 39

 Stay Up Water To Catch Fish

Anger and emotions are statically counted as productive. You must always stay calm and objective but if you can make your enemies angry,

Why staying calm yourself will be an advantage, they will lose control of their emotions and then you can easily take advantage of them because they are not in control of how they are feeling.

 Law No 40

Despite The Free Lunch

There is no such thing as free lunch. It is usually a trick or there is a hidden obligation beware of anything that is offered for free.

 Law No 41

Avoid Stepping Into A Great Man’s Shoes

If you are a successor to a great man or have a famous spirit you will have to accomplish or double their achievement to outshine them.

Don’t get lost in their shadows establish your own name and identity by changing course go about your own way and field that is uniquely yours so that you can create your own legacy and have no one who your are compelled to

 Law no 42

 Strike The Shepherd And The Sheep Will Scatter

Trouble can always be traced with a single strong individual if you allow such people to operate, others will secum to their influence.

 Don’t wait for the trouble they cause to multiply, don’t try to negotiate with them, they are unredeemable, neutralize their influence by isolating or banishing them.

 Strike at the source of the trouble and the sheep will scatter

 Law no 43

Work On The Heart And Mind Of Others.

So people create a reaction that will work against you. You may seduce others into wanting to move in your own direction, a person you have seduced becomes your loyal servant and the way to seduce others is to operate on their individual psychology and weakness.

 Law No 44

 Disarm And Infuriate The Mirror Effect.

 The mirror reflects reality but it is also a perfect tool for discretion.

 When you mirror your enemies exactly as they do they cannot figure out your strategy. 

The mirror effect most times humiliates them and makes them overreact. It may seem childish but it works.

Law no 45

Preach The Need For Change But Never Reform Too Much At Once.

Too much innovation is traumatic and it often leads to problems if you are new to a position of power, or outside of trying to build the power base and make a show of respecting the old way of doing things.

 Law No 46

Never Appear Perfect.

 Appearing better than others is always dangerous but most dangerous of all is appearing to have low fault envy and creating silent enemies.

The smart occasionally displayed effect and admitted to harmless vices in order to defeat envy and75 appear more human and approachable.

 Only the gods and the dead have the luxury of looking perfect

 Law No 47

Do Not Go Pass The Work That You Aim For

Learning when to stop the moment of victory is often the greatest moment of pain in the heat of the victory, arrogance, and overconfidence can push you past the goal you have aimed for and by going too far you make more enemies than you defeat.

Don’t allow success to get to your head there’s no substitute for strategic and careful planning, get a goal and when you reach it stop

 Law No 48

Assume Formlessness

Like bruce li said, “be like waters by taking its shape” having a visible plan you open yourself up for an attack, instead of taking a form for your enemy to grasp keep yourself adaptable and on the move, and accept the fact that things are not certain and no law is fixed.

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