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The 48 Laws Of Power Summary-Consice

The 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Greene (Summary)
The 48 Laws Of Power

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Listed on the business bestseller lists, The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, a Machiavellian treatise for the modern age.

Robert Greene views everything through the possession of power without questioning the uncomfortable degree of honesty about why humans do what they do to be in the position of power.
After each law:

1.    A slightly expanded summary of the meaning is included.
2.    Followed by a historical incident that illustrates transgression of the law, then another historical anecdote about an observance of the law.
3.     Robert finishes each law by expounding on the “keys of power,” or the details about how to apply the law in practice.
4.    Cautioning us with the “reversal”, or how the particular law may not apply in all situations.

Without further ado:

The 48 Laws of Power

Law 1: Never outshine the master

  1. ·        Make those above you feel comfortably superior.
  2. ·        Do not show your talents too much, it’ll make them insecure.
  3. ·        Make the master appear more brilliant than they are.

Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends, learn to use enemies

  1. ·        Friends will quickly betray you when they feel envy.
  2. ·        They also can become a spoiled and obsessive control freak.
  3. ·        Hire former enemies, they’ll be loyal because they have more to prove.

Law 3: Conceal your intentions

  1. ·        Keep people off-balance. They cannot prepare if they don’t know.
  2. ·        Guide them down the wrong path.
  3. ·        By the time they realize it’s already too late.

Law 4: Always say less than necessary

  1. ·        When trying to impress, the more you say the more predictable you look and less in control.
  2. ·        Be vague.
  3. ·        Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less.

Law 5: So much depends on reputation – guard it with your life

  1. ·        Reputation is the cornerstone of power.
  2. ·        Reputation alone will make you win.
  3. ·        Destroy enemies by attacking their reputation. Then stand aside and let the public opinion hang them.

Law 6: Court attention at all cost

  1. ·        Everything is judged by appearance, what are unseen counts for nothing.
  2. ·        Never get lost in a crowd.
  3. ·        Be mysterious; appear more colourful than the masses.

Law 7: Let others to do the work for you, but always take credit

  1. ·        Use the skills of others to do the work for you.
  2. ·        Your efficiency will appear god-like and your helper will be forgotten and you will be remembered.
  3. ·        Never do yourself what others can do for you.

Law 8: Make other people come to you – use bait if necessary

  1. ·        When you force others to act, you’re in control.
  2. ·        Make opponents come to you.
  3. ·        Lure with gains, then attack.

Law 9: Win through your actions, never through argument

  1. ·        You never win through argument because the resentment will last long.
  2. ·        It’s more powerful to agree with actions.
  3. ·        Demonstrate instead of explaining.

Law 10: Infection: Avoid the unhappy and the unlucky

  1. ·        Other people misery emotional states are as infectious as diseases.
  2. ·        The unfortunate draw misfortune on themselves and will draw it on you.
  3. ·        Associate with the happy and fortunate to get a positive outcome.

Law 11: Learn to keep people dependent on you

  1. ·        To maintain independence you must be needed and wanted. Because the more people relied on you, the more freedom you have.
  2. ·        Make people depend on you for happiness.
  3. ·        Never teach them enough so they can do without you.

Law 12: Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim

  1. ·        One sincere move will cover over a dozen dishonest ones.
  2. ·        Honesty can bring down the guard of suspicious people.
  3. ·        Open their shield with honesty, and then deceive.

Law 13: When asking for help, appeal to people’s self-interest, never to their mercy

  1. ·        Do not remind people of past deeds.
  2. ·        They will find a way to ignore you if you try to remind them.
  3. ·        Instead, find something that will benefit them and emphasize it out of proportion.

Law 14: Pose as a friend, work as a spy

  1. ·        Learn to probe and find valuable information.
  2. ·        Ask indirect questions.
  3. ·        Every occasion is a chance to spy.

Law 15: Crush your enemy totally

  1. ·        Strong and feared enemy must be crushed completely.
  2. ·        You will lose even more if you stopping halfway.
  3. ·        Crush your enemy in body and spirit.

Law 16: Use absence to increase respect and honor

  1. ·        The more you are seen the more common you appear.
  2. ·        If you’re already established in a group, temporarily withdraw to make people talk.
  3. ·        Create value through scarcity.

Law 17: Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability

  1. ·        Being predictable gives control to others.
  2. ·        Behaviours that aren’t consistent will wear people out, and they’ll stop trying to explain things.
  3. ·        When used to the extreme, you’ll intimidate and terrorize.

Law 18: Do not build fortresses to protect yourself – isolation is dangerous

  1. ·        Isolation cuts you off from valuable information.
  2. ·        It’s better to mingle and gather information.
  3. ·        You are shielded from your enemy in a crowd.

Law 19: Know who you’re dealing with – do not offend the wrong person

  1. ·        Never assume everyone will react the same way.
  2. ·        Choose your victims carefully.
  3. ·        Never offend the wrong person.

Law 20: Do not commit to anyone

  1. ·        Fools rush to pick a side.
  2. ·        Do not commit to a cause but yourself and maintain independence.
  3. ·        Make people chase you and play people against one another.

Law 21: Play a sucker to catch a sucker- seem dumber than your mark

  1. ·        Nobody like to looks stupider than the next person.
  2. ·        Don’t be stupid, but make your mark appear smarter than you.
  3. ·        Making them appear smarter hides your motives.

Law 22: Use the surrender tactic: transformer weakness into power

  1. ·        When you’re weaker, never fight just for honor but surrender.
  2. ·        Do not give them the satisfaction to win, surrender.
  3. ·        Turn the other cheek to infuriate them.

Law 23: Concentrate your forces

  1. ·        Conserve your effort by keeping them concentrated on your strongest point.
  2. ·        Intensity defeats extensity every time.
  3. ·        Find a fat cow that’ll give you milk for a long time.

Law 24: Play the perfect courtier

  1. ·        Flatter and yield to a superior.
  2. ·        Master the art of indirection.
  3. ·        Assert power gracefully.

Law 25: Re-create yourself

  1. ·        Create an identity that commands attention and never bores.
  2. ·        Be the master of your own image.
  3. ·        Use large gestures and actions-your character will seem huge and you’ll gain power.

Law 26: Keep your hands clean

  1. ·        Never appear soiled by mistakes.
  2. ·        Keep your image clean.
  3. ·        Use others as scapegoats to disguise your involvement.

Law 27: Play on people’s need to believe to create a cultlike following

  1. ·        People want to believe in something so become the focal point of this and offer them a cause, a new faith.
  2. ·        Keep your words vague but full of promise.
  3. ·        Emphasize enthusiasm over rationality. Give your new disciples rituals to perform and ask them to make sacrifices.

Law 28: Enter action with boldness

  1. ·        If you’re unsure then don’t do it because timidity is dangerous.
  2. ·        Any mistakes your commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity.
  3. ·        Everyone admires boldness, no one honors the timid.

Law 29: Plan all the way to the end

  1. ·        The ending is everything. Take into account of scenario.
  2. ·        If you plan, you won’t be overwhelmed.
  3. ·        Guide fortune by thinking far ahead.

Law 30: Make your accomplishments seem effortless

  1. ·        Conceal the clever tricks.
  2. ·        Make your success seem natural.
  3. ·        Do not reveal how hard you work and teach no one your tricks.

Law 31: Control the opinions: get others to play with the cards you deal

  1. ·        The best deceptions seem to give the other person a choice.
  2. ·        Let them feel they are in control.
  3. ·        Give options so no matter their choice, you win.

Law 32: Play to people’s fantasies

  1. ·        The truth is unpleasant, avoid it
  2. ·        People that manufacture romance are like oases in the desert
  3. ·        There’s great power in tapping into people’s fantasies

Law 33: Discover each man’s thumbscrew

  1. ·        Everyone has a weakness, an opening.
  2. ·        Find other’s weaknesses.
  3. ·        It’s usually an insecurity, uncontrollable emotions, and secret pressures.

Law 34: Be royal in your own fashion: act like a king to be treated like one

  1. ·        The way you carry yourself determines how you’re treated. Appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you.
  2. ·        Kings respect themselves and inspire the same in others.
  3. ·        By acting confident you make yourself destined to wear a crown.

Law 35: Master the art of timing

  1. ·        Never seem in a hurry, always seem patient.
  2. ·        Sniff out the spirit of the times, find the trends that’ll give you power.
  3. ·        Learn to stand back when not ready.

Law 36: Disdain things you cannot have: ignoring them if the best revenge 

  1. ·        Acknowledging petty problems gives them existence and same as when you acknowledge an enemy you make them stronger.
  2. ·        The more you a mistake visible, the worse it gets.
  3. ·        The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem.

Law 37: Create compelling spectacles

  1. ·        Striking imagery and symbolic gestures create the aura of power and people respond.
  2. ·        Stage spectacles for those around you and heighten your presence.
  3. ·        Dazzle by appearance.

Law 38: Think as you like but behave like others

  1. ·        By flaunting your unconventional ways people will only think you want attention.
  2. ·        They’ll punish you for making them feel inferior.
  3. ·        Blend in.

Law 39: Stir up waters to catch fish

  1. ·        Anger and emotion are counterproductive.
  2. ·        Stay calm and objective.
  3. ·        Make enemies emotional while you stay calm, rattle your enemies.

Law 40: Despise the free lunch

  1. ·        What’s offered for free in dangerous, pay your own way to avoid guilt and gratitude.
  2. ·        No cutting corners with excellence.
  3. ·        Be lavish with your money, keep it circulating, generosity is a sign and magnet for power.

Law 41: Avoid stepping into a great man’s shoes

  1. ·        What happens first always appears better and more original than what’s next.
  2. ·        Following great people means you must double their power.
  3. ·        Gain power by shining in your own way.

Law 42: Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter

  1. ·        Trouble can be traced to a single individual.
  2. ·        These people will influence others, do not negotiate but banish them.
  3. ·        Strike at the source of the trouble.

Law 43: Work on the hearts and minds of others

  1. ·        Seduce others into wanting to move in your direction
  2. ·        Seduce others by operating on their individual psychologies and weaknesses.
  3. ·        Soften them by working their emotions and what they fear but Ignore the hearts and minds and they will grow to hate you.

Law 44: Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect

  1. ·        When you mirror exactly what your enemies do, they cannot figure out your strategy.
  2. ·        The mirror effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact.
  3. ·        Hold a mirror to their psyches and you’ll seduce them and they’ll think they share your values.

Law 45: Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once

  1. ·        Everyone wants change but too much is traumatic.
  2. ·        When new to power show you respect old ways.
  3. ·        Make change feel like a gentle improvement in the past.

Law 46: Never appear too perfect

  1. ·        It’s dangerous to appear like you have no faults or weakness.
  2. ·        Envy creates a salient enemy.
  3. ·        It’s ok to admit to small defects.

Law 47: Do not go past the mark you aimed for; in victory know when to stop

  1. ·        In the heat of victory, arrogance and overconfidence will make you lose yourself.
  2. ·        When going too far in victory, you make more enemies.
  3. ·        Set a goal; achieve it, and then stop.

Law 48: Assume formlessness

  1. ·        By having a visible plan you open yourself to attack, stay adaptable and on the move
  2. ·        Accept that nothing is certain and now law fixed.
  3. ·        Everything changes and never bet on it.

Why would I recommend The 48 Laws of Power?

Robert included countless details, tips, and tricks to work with each law, and the story format makes it a very easy read. With his background in classical history, the author provides a wealth of fascinating stories from both ancient and modern times which will stimulate your sense of power and use it as your own.


The 48 laws of power will give you a huge understanding of the possession of power and why everyone seizes it despite any cost so that they can turn all the favour on their side just in order to achieve what they need although they have to reserve to it in immoral ways. 

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