ABOUT THE BOOK:
Blog Title: The 48 Laws Of Power Summary By Robert Greene
Name: The 48 Laws Of Power
Author: Robert Greene
Download The 48 Laws Of Power Audio Book For Free at Audible
Book available at Flipkart, Amazon
Book size: 160 pages
Before Talking about The 48 Laws Of Power Summary, let’s discuss book Author Robert Greene, Greene is an American Author Known for his books on strategy, power, and seduction. He has written Five international Bestseller: The 48 laws of power, the art of seduction, the 33 strategies of war, the 50th law (with rapper 50 cents) and Mastery.
So Today the book summary I am going to share is The 48 Laws of power.
An Interesting Fact about The 48 laws of power is it is one of the most Requested books among American Prisoners, it is also a favorite book by many world leaders like Fidel Castro, and hip-hop superstar such as 50 cents, it has been dubbed by critics as a cult classic for its widespread success among America’s rich and famous.
The 48 laws of power illustrate 48 laws America rich and powerful use to acquire and maintain power, Greene presents these laws with actionable steps for the average reader to incorporate into their approach to life. The book covers areas Such as Negotiations, how to make people do what you want, and how to maintain an ideal relationship with superiors at the workplace, these 48 laws can help anyone who wants to see themselves at top of their career.
Let’s begin with The 48 Laws Of Power Summary:
The most important skill to master in your pursuit of power is to manage your emotions, emotions cloud judgment and reduce the level of control in a situation.
Understand past and future, here it says, you must spend a great deal of time calculating what might happen in future and use the past to constantly learn from the past experience of yours and of others.
The more helpful shield in the pursuit of power is patience, Always make moves to acquire power indirectly.
Let’s discuss each law:
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 1: Never outshine the master
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 masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the height of power.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 2: Never put too much trust in friends
Problems about working with friends is that it confuses the boundaries and distances that working requires, if both partners in the arrangement understand the dangers involves, a friend often can be employed to great effect, you must never let your guard down in such a venture, however, always be on the lookout for any sign of emotional disturbance such as envy and ingratitude.
Nothing is stable in the realm of power, and even the closest friend can be transformed into the worst of enemies.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 3: Conceal your Intentions
Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your action, 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 come to know about your intentions, it will be too late.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 4: Always say less than necessary
There are times when it is unwise to be silent, silence can arouse suspicion and even insecurity, especially in your superiors, a vague or ambiguous comment can open you to interpretations you had not bargained for.
Silence and saying less than necessary must be practiced with caution, then, and in the right situation. There are 6 steps given under this law to exert more power by practicing listening.
- Make people Reveal more about themselves
- People Listen/interpret your every word carefully
- Once the words are out, you cannot take them back
- The more you say, the more common you appear
- Saying less will keep you from saying something foolish or even dangerous
- People will not Deceive you as they will never know your position
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 5: so much depends on Reputation- guard it with Your life
Reputation is the cornerstone of power, in the social realm, appearance is the barometer of almost all our judgments, your reputation will protect you in the dangerous game of appearance, distracting the probing eyes of others from knowing what you are really like, and give you a degree of control over how the world judges you – a powerful position to be in.
A strong reputation increases your presence and exaggerates your strength without you having to spend much energy.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 6: Court attention at all cost
Everything is judged by its appearance, what is unseen counts nothing, never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then , or buried in oblivion, stand out, be conspicuous, at all cost, make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious, than the bland and timid masses.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 7: Get others to do the work for you
Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of other people to further your own cause, not only will such assistance save your valuable time and energy, it will give you an aura of efficiency and speed, Never do yourself what others can do for you.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 8: Make other people come to you Use Bait If Necessary
When you force the other person to act, you are the one in control. It is always better to make your opponent come to you, abandoning his own plans in the process. Lure him with fabulous gains – then attack. You hold the cards.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 9: win through your actions – never through argument
It is much more powerful to get others agree with you through your actions, without saying a word, Demonstrate, do not explicate.
The truth is generally seen, not heard if a confrontation can be solved by showing proof rather than direct argument than it is the better approach.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 10: Infection – avoid the unhappy and unlucky
Here it simply means to be around people who are happy in their lives, and who are positive towards their fortune.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 11: Learn to keep people dependent on you
Here author says, that to maintain your freedom and independence, others should always need you and wanted you, Robert says the more you are relied on, the more freedom you will have, you must make people dependent on you, they must be dependent on you for their happiness and prosperity and when people will depend on you, you will have nothing to fear about, never teach other so much that they can do things without you, teach enough so that they always need you.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 12: Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim
Here author wants us to understand that how sincerity and blunt honesty can be very beneficial for you,
In the book, the author says, how one sincere and honest move will cover over dozens of dishonest ones. Open-hearted gestures of honesty and generosity bring down the guard of even the most suspicious people. Once your selective honesty opens a hole in their armor.
A timely gift – a Trojan horse- will serve the same purpose.
Here author is saying to use your sincerity and honesty and see how beneficial it can be to you, there is a saying how important first impression is, the first impression is the last impression and if you show your first impression as genuine and honest person, people would trust you and will believe in you,and impression of honesty can build trusted relationship from beginning and do remember to build long term healthy relationship a single act of honesty can never work, you need to be honest for various time, and ones your reputation gets formed it’s hard to break it.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 13: when asking for help, appeal to people’s self- interest, never to their mercy or gratitude
Here author says, if you need help from anyone, don’t bring up your past, whether that past is good or bad, it will not benefit you it will not help you in your cause, Robert says don’t be trapped in your own wants and desires, don’t assume as if people you are appealing or asking for help have any selfless interest in helping you, don’t talk to people as if your needs matter to them. The author says not to mix or confuse your needs with others.
Asking someone for your help totally depends on your ability how nicely you know the person you are dealing with, when you are about to ask someone for help, don’t bring past like you have done this or that for them how good you were, any good or bad past will not help you in your cause, you need to ask for help by making them understand, if they will help you, even they will be benefitted, because when people see something for himself, they feel good
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 14: Pose as a friend, work as a spy
Here author says, knowing about your rivals is critical and difficult hence you can use spies to gather valuable information about your rivals that will keep you a step ahead of them, or you can become the spy by yourself, Robert says, that in polite social encounter you can learn to probe, and he further says or you can ask indirect question which can force or make people reveal about their weaknesses and intentions, Robert says, that there is no occasion that is not an opportunity for artful spying.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 15: Crush your enemy totally
Here author says that all leader since Moses have known that a feared enemy must be crushed completely if you don’t crush your enemy, your enemy will recover and will seek for revenge hence not only crush your enemy in body but in spirit.
Here the author is saying, that you don’t need to sympathize your enemy if you do that, your enemy will strike back when you least expect. If you feel pity and feel that your enemies have become a friend, they might act friendly to you for time being, and as time goes they can destroy you. Hence Author says leave no room no hope nothing for your enemy crush him, an enemy that is left can be very dangerous and will seek revenge, so crush your enemy totally.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 16: Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor
Here the author is saying too much circulation of anything makes its price low, if you are seen and heard most of the time your value will go down, So if you are already established in any group then remove yourself temporarily from there so it will create your value, author says create your value through scarcity.
As there is a phrase: ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER.
Giving no reason for your absence can excite people, for example, in a relationship if you don’t message your partner for a day, this absence in messages can make him/her assume and this assumption will make him/her miss you and this absence and scarcity will make your love stronger.
I would advise reading this book properly and do not misunderstand any law, this book has given various examples and stories which will help to understand each law more nicely and properly hence don’t misunderstood any law or point.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 17: Keep others in suspended terror – cultivate an air of unpredictability
Here author says, that we humans are creatures of habits with a desire to see familiarity in other people’s action, your predictability will give them a sense of balance and control, here author says to be opposite, be unpredictable, this unpredictable behavior of yours will keep them off balance.
This behavior of unpredictability can be dangerous as well, there are times you need to make people comfortable and calm, too much unpredictability can make you look psycho, and this law or power must be used with proper judgment or sense.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 18: Do not build Fortresses to protect yourself- isolation is dangerous
Here Author says, that this world is a dangerous place and enemies are everywhere, and every one every individual must protect themselves, and author says that fortress is the safest and if you isolate yourself, it will not protect you but will expose you more to the danger, isolation will cut you off from getting valuable information, you will look more conspicuous and you will become an easy target, hence author says to try to for allies, stay in group, mingle with others, crowd will act as your shield and will protect you from your enemies.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 19: know who you are dealing with- do not offend the wrong person
Here author says, that there is a different kind of people in this world, and you should never assume that every individual will react the same way in your strategies, never offend a wrong person. the author has asked you to choose your opponent and victims very carefully.
Author has mentioned five dangerous and difficult people to whom you shouldn’t offend
- The arrogant and proud man
- Hopelessly insecure man
- The serpent with a long memory
- The plain, unassuming and often unintelligent man
While judging your opponent never rely on your instinct, do spy and gather maximum information and knowledge about them, this can help you for the long run, Never trust appearance, never judge people by their appearance, be polite and respectful always you have no idea how the opposite person will be.
Before dealing with anyone have valuable information and knowledge about them, don’t judge someone by their appearance, you can never know what people’s intentions are, some can have serpent heart but through their appearance they can look kind, and be respectful and polite, try to understand people whether they are insecure, confident, jealous etc.
Always know your opponent before you deal with them.
Understand and read every law properly and carefully, do not misunderstand, this book has given various examples and stories to make you understand this law more properly.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 20: Do not commit to anyone
Here author says, that those people are fools, who rush to take sides, here author says not to commit to anyone but to yourself. The author says if you maintain your independence you become the master of others.
This law can turn against you.. if you take it too far, every law mentioned in this book must be understood really very carefully and must be applied with proper judgment and sense hence before applying it do read the entire book properly with proper example and stories.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 21: play a sucker to catch a sucker – seem dumber than your mark
Here author says, no one like to feel stupid compared to the other person, hence the trick is if you make your opponent or victim feel that they are smart or smarter then you, then they will never suspect you and your future or coming motives.
Understand each law in detail do not misunderstand and use them with proper judgment and sense
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 22: Use the surrender tactic: transform weakness into power
Here author says, when you are weak, it’s better to surrender, there is no benefit of you fighting when you are a weaker person, instead surrender, when you surrender it will give you the power to recover it will give you time to settle yourself, it will give you the power to wait till your enemies or opponent power to wane, author says never give your opponent a sense of satisfaction by defeating you, hence surrender when you know that you are weaker, author says make surrender your power tool.
Author has shared stories and examples and some reasons to surrender kindly go through it in detail before using any law, every law must be used with proper judgment and sense, or else it can be dangerous.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 23: concentrate your forces
Here author says to keep your focus and energies at the strongest point, not to get distracted, the author says you get more by finding a rich mine by going deeper and deeper not by flitting from one shallow mine to another – author says intensity also wins, not extensity. You need to be focused on one strong point you need to avoid distraction.
You need to be focused on one thing, you must have single-mindedness of purpose, you must concentrate on your goals, you must your energy and focused on s strong point.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 24: Play the perfect courtier
Courtier (meaning a person who attends a royal court as a companion or adviser to the king or queen)
Here author says, a perfect courtier thrives in the world where everything revolves around power and political dexterity, and the successful courtier has learned or can say mastered the art of indirection, courtier flatters, yields to superior and put power over others in the most graceful and oblique manner.
The author says to learn the art of courtier-ship and then there will be no limit for you to rise in the court. Author has shared some successful courtier plays, the author says successful courtier please but they don’t please too much, they obey but somehow distinguish themselves from the other courtiers, they never distinguish themselves so much that it insecure the ruler, they master the science of manipulating people etc.
Understand each law properly, do not misunderstand and every law must be used with proper judgment and sense hence do read this book before using and applying it, this book contains various examples and stories.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 25: Re-create yourself
Here author says, not to accept the roles with society impose on you, Author says you should recreate yourself by creating or forging a new identity, one who never bores audience and always commands attention, author says to become master for yourself and your image don’t let others define you,
The author says you must be constantly aware what is liked by your audience and what makes them feel bore, you must know to enlarge your actions through dramatic techniques such as surprise, suspense, the creation of sympathy and symbolic identification.
Author has also shared a story and examples, do purchase this book or audiobook, though this link.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No.26: keep your hands clean
Here author says, you must put yourself as a perfect example of courtesy and efficiency, your hands should never be soiled by any mistakes or nasty deeds.
To understand this point more in detail do purchase this book, either print or audio, here’s the link.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 27: play on people’s need to believe to create a cultlike following
Here author says people have overwhelming desire to believe in something so to become vocal point of such desire by offering them a cause mean something or a new faith to follow, the author says to keep your words vague but full of promises and to emphasize enthusiasm over rationality and clear thinking.
Author has shared many examples and steps to create a cult, for a deep understanding of this point kindly go through this book In detail and remember every law must be used with proper judgment and sense and it requires a lot of understanding.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 28: Enter Action with Boldness
Here author says that if you are unsure about any course of action then not to attempt it because your doubts and your hesitations can infect or impact on your execution, the author says to enter on any action be bold because timidity can be very dangerous.
The author also says that any mistake which you create through audacity can be corrected through more audacity, the author says no one likes or honors timid, every like and admire the bold.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 29: Plan all the way to the end
Here author says to plan till the end, ending is everything, hence you need to think all the way to the end, by considering all the possible consequences obstacles and the twist of fortune which might reverse your hard work and efforts and give glory in to someone else’s hand, when you plan to till the end, you will not be overwhelmed or shocked or stressed with the circumstances and you will know when you need to stop, hence author says to gently guide fortune and help determine the future bu thinking far ahead.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 30: Make your accomplishment seem effortless
Here author says that whatever actions you take it must look natural and must be executed with ease, author says that all the toil and practice that go into them, and all the clever trick must be kept hidden, whenever you act, it must be effortlessly as if you can do more, and do not try to reveal the hard work which you have done- because it will raise question, and don’t teach your tricks to anyone, or else they can use it against you.
Every law must be understood properly, do not misunderstand without proper detail understanding; it must be done with proper judgment and sense.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 31: Control the Options: Get others to play with the cards you Deal
Here author says that the best deception are the ones that seems to give options or choices to the other person, through these options people start feeling as if they have control or they have power, but actually that people will be your cat’s paw or puppet, Best deception is when you give people an option which will eventually come out in your favor no matter which option they will choose, give them or force them to make choices between two lesser evils, which will eventually solve your purpose.
These deceptions you can see in the marketplace, in jobs, in elections. Where options have been given and asked you to choose any which will eventually solve their purpose, example marketing advertising companies, or whenever you go for shopping or discounts etc.
Author has shared examples, stories and seven forms of controlling the options, kindly go through it if you want to Purchase this book here’s the link, every law must be used with proper judgment and sense or else it can be dangerous.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 32: Play to people fantasies
Here author says, that truth is avoided because truth is very ugly and unpleasant, author ask not to appeal truth and reality unless you are ready to face the anger that comes from a disappointment, author says that life is so harsh and unpleasant that when you can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy in peoples life, it would be like a cherry on the cake, everyone would like it, and author says it is the best way and a great power in getting in to the fantasies of the masses.
Advertisement and marketing team use this, even this technique is used during elections. Every law must be used with proper judgment and sense and do understand it clearly and properly before using it. Kindly go through this book.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 33: Discover each man’s thumbscrew
Here author say everyone has a weakness, the weakness can usually be insecurity or uncontrollable emotions or need, these weaknesses are like a gap in the castle wall, and it can be a small secret pleasure, once you found it, it can be a thumbscrew and can turn to your advantage.
Without proper understanding using these laws can be dangerous.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 34: Be Royal in your own fashion: Act like a king to be treated like one.
You can understand this point through its heading, Author says, the way you will carry yourself, will show or determine how you will be treated, if you appear vulgar people will disrespect you, for a king respecting himself and inspire the same sentiments in others, when you carry yourself with confidence you will make yourself seem destined to wear a crown.
The way you carry yourself the same way you will be treated, when you respect yourself and so as others you will get that respect.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 35: Master the Art of timing.
Here author says, not to look in hurry, because hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself and over time, author says always look patient as if eventually, you will get everything what you always wanted, author says to become the detective of the right moment, sniffs out the spirit of the times, this trend will take you to the power, author says, you should learn to stand back whenever time is not right and to move and grab it or fiercely go for it when the time is right.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 36: Disdain Things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge
Here author is trying to explain that sometimes the best thing we can do in any situation is not to do anything at all, Sometimes making a big deal out of small or pretty problem will drag us into a big issue and turns that situation worse, author says if you give more attention to small thing it will become worse and will become more visible if we try to fix it, hence its best to leave things alone for some time.
The author says that by acknowledging a small problem you give it creditability and existence.
Learn and understand this book more properly do not misunderstand
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 37: Create Compelling Spectacles
Here author says, people not always need or want words, or reasonable or rational explanations or demonstration of the power of science, they sometimes want the immediate appeal to their emotions, if you able to give them that then they will do the rest for you.
The author says Striking imagery and grand symbolic gestures create an aura of power-everyone response to them.
Author has also shared few examples and points how you can seem larger than life.
Such as to play with images, establish trademark to set yourself apart
Caution understand everything clearly before using any law, every law must be used proper sense and judgment or else can be dangerous.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 38: Think as you like but behave like others
Here author says if you flaunt your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways to different culture people. There will be high chances that they will think that you just want attention and you feel that they are inferior then you, and they will find ways to punish you for making them feel inferior, hence author says it is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch and share your originality only with people or friends who are tolerant enough and those who will appreciate your uniqueness.
Author has given various examples stories and ways to read this book to understand each law more nicely.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 39: Stir up water to catch fish
Author says that anger and emotions are strategically opposite of the desired effect, hence you should always stay calm and objective(neutral), and if by staying calm you can make your enemy angry then you get the decide advantage, and you can put your enemy off balance ; make space of hole in their egoism with which you can make them feel nervous and worried and then you can have control in them or emotion.
Go through each law properly do not use them without proper understanding.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 40: Despise the Free lunch
Author says what is often offered for free is dangerous, it usually involves tricks or any hidden motive, what has worth is always worth paying for, and by paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt, and deceit, author says it is often wise to pay the full price and by being lavish with your money keep it circulation for generosity is a sign and a magnet of power.
The author says that by strategically spreading your wealth, you charm other, create pleasure and making valuable allies.
Author has to share various examples and reasons to read them for more better understanding.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 41: Avoid Stepping into a Great Man’s shoes
Author says, that what happens first always appears better and more original than what comes after, author says power depends on appearing better than the others, if you have a famous father or successful father you have to accomplish double their achievements to outshine them, Author says not to get lost in their shadow, you have to establish your own identity, if you get lost in the shadow of your father, prince or in any other successful person your power will not able to come in the presence.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 42: Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter
Author says, in any group trouble most often can be traced to a single individual, the unhappy, arrogant underlying, the chronically dissatisfied person who always spread dissension and infect the entire group, hence author says you do not have to wait for the troubles they cause to multiply do not negotiate, you must act before dissatisfaction spread to everyone in the group, you must act before things become impossible, you must neutralize their influence by banishing them or by isolating them hence strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.
Do understand each law clearly.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 43: work on the hearts and mind of others
The author says Coercion (force) creates a reaction which eventually works against you, hence you must seduce others to move as per your direction, the one who gets seduced will become your loyal pawn, and author says the way you should seduce others is to work or operate in their individual psychologies and weaknesses. Soften up the resistant by working on their emotions, playing on what they hold dear and what they fear, If you ignore heart and mind of people they will grow to hate you.
Author has shared various examples and ways to read this book to understand each law more clearly,
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 44: Disarm and Infuriate with the mirror effect
Here author says that mirror reflects reality but it also the best tool for deception, when you mirror your enemies, by doing exactly what they do, they will not able to find out or figure out your strategies, This mirror effect will tease them and humiliate them, with this they will overreact, and by holding up a mirror to their psyches, you seduce them an illusion that you are sharing the same values which they have, and when you hold a mirror to their actions you leach them a lesson. Few can resist the power of Mirror effect.
Do read each law properly, each law must be used with proper sense and judgment or else can be dangerous.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 45: Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once
Author says that everyone understands the need for change in the abstract, but on the day to day level people are creatures of habit,if too much innovation will be done together, it will be very traumatic and it may lead to revolt hence author say, that if you are new to this power position or you are from outside trying to create your base, then you must show respect for old ways of doing things, and if you find that certain things need improvement then you must make others feel gentle that improvement is required in past.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 46: Never appear too perfect
Here author says, that appearing better than others is very dangerous and the more dangerous is to show that you have no faults flaws or weaknesses, because envy creates silent enemies, hence it is smart to occasionally appear as if you have defects and kind flaws, this thing will protect you from envy and make you look more natural human and approachable, author says that only dead people and God can look perfect with impunity.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 47: Do not go to past the mark you aimed for it, in victory, learn when to stop
Here author says, that the moment of victory can be the greatest moment of risk and danger, in the heat of that victory you can be pushed by your arrogance and overconfidence and can say things which you shouldn’t hence that overconfidence can push you past the goal you had admired for, and by going too far you can create more enemies that you had defeated, hence never allow your victory to reach your head, however there is no substitute for careful planning and strategies. You must set a goal and when you reach it you should stop.
48 Laws Of Power Summary: Law No. 48: Formlessness
Author says that by taking a shape or by having a visible plan you allow or open yourself to attack, hence author says instead of taking a form for your enemy to grasp, keep yourself adaptable and adjust yourself to new condition and on the move accept the fact that nothing is certain and no law is fixed, the best way you can protect yourself is to be fluid and formless like water, you should never bet on stability and on lasting over remember everything changes.
This is the end of 48 Laws Of Power Summary. Do read and understand this book laws properly every law must be followed with proper sense and judgment or else it can be dangerous and also do read this book and do not misunderstand without proper understanding. To buy this book here’s the links:
This is the end, I hope you guys enjoyed while reading. You can read 48 Laws Of Power Summary in more detail from here.
48 laws of Power list:
Law 1: Never outshine the master
Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends
Law 3: Conceal your Intentions
Law 4: Always say less than necessary
Law 5: so much depends on Reputation- guard it with Your life
Law 6: Court attention at all cost
Law 7: Get others to do the work for you
Law 8: Make other people come to you Use Bait If Necessary
Law 9: win through your actions – never through argument
Law 10: Infection – avoid the unhappy and unlucky
Law 11: Learn to keep people dependent on you
Law 12: Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim
Law 13: when asking for help, appeal to people’s self- interest, never to their mercy or gratitude
Law 14: Pose as a friend, work as a spy
Law 15: Crush your enemy totally
Law 16: Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor
Law 17: Keep others in suspended terror – cultivate an air of unpredictability
Law 18: Do not build Fortresses to protect yourself- isolation is dangerous
Law 19: know who you are dealing with- do not offend the wrong person
Law 20: Do not commit to anyone
Law 21: play a sucker to catch a sucker – seem dumber than your mark
Law 22: Use the surrender tactic: transform weakness into power
Law 23: concentrate your forces
Law 24: Play the perfect courtier
Law 25: Re-create yourself
Law 26: keep your hands clean
Law 27: play on people’s need to believe to create a cultlike following
Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness
Law 29: Plan all the way to the end
Law 30: Make your accomplishment seem effortless
Law 31: Control the Options: Get others to play with the cards you Deal
Law 32: Play to people fantasies
Law 33: Discover each man’s thumbscrew
Law 34: Be Royal in your own fashion: Act like a king to be treated like one
Law 35: Master the Art of timing
Law 36: Disdain Things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge
Law 37: Create Compelling Spectacles
Law 38: Think as you like but behave like others
Law 39: Stir up water to catch fish
Law 40: Despise the Free lunch
Law 41: Avoid Stepping into a Great Man’s shoes
Law 42: Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter
Law 43: work on the hearts and mind of others
Law 44: Disarm and Infuriate with the mirror effect
Law 45: Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once
Law 46: Never appear too perfect
Law 47: Do not go to past the mark you aimed for it, in victory, learn when to stop
Law 48: Formlessness