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Summary of The 48 Laws of Power 

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We all are powerful; that’s true, in our own way. But what would you say to become so powerful that others follow you? These “others” could be your family, church group, classmates, or colleagues. “The 48 Laws of Power” is a solid guide that can be resourceful for everyone, not just for politicians or group leaders. Any of us can use it to make others do what we want them to do, negotiate like royals, or keep a perfect relationship with our superiors without losing our power position. As an author, Robert Greene is best known for his expertise in strategy, power, and seduction. Indeed, there’s not much difference between these three; they all work together to make others want us on different levels. Enjoy your journey to new heights! "Never waste valuable time, or mental peace of mind, on the affairs of others—that is too high a price to pay." ~ Robert Greene

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Power only makes sense when we channel it

Everyone feels insecure from time to time. The moment you reveal yourself to the world and display your talents, you inherently stir up all kinds of resentment, jealousy, and further manifestations of insecurity. This is normal. You cannot spend your life bothering about the little emotions of others. Moreover, you don’t need everyone’s love and approval.

Thinking of power, what images come into your head? Is it a heavy-weight lifter in a gym or a wealthy white male in his late 70s? Or is it a young female leader protesting the patriarchy? Whatever image pops up in your head, it tells us that we always associate power with people who channel it into this world. You can be one of those people as you read through and start practicing the laws of power put forward by Robert Greene.
We are made to feel power over others; otherwise, we feel miserable and worthless.
In short and precise formulations, this summary can teach you to acquire more authority, manipulate people in the least harmful ways, and become successful with others helping you on your way to the top. You will also learn to gain respect from others effortlessly and develop a sense of moderation in everything you do.

Laws 1-6: Watch out — and watch yourself

Law 1: Never outperform the master
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Laws 7-10: You will never succeed without interactions with other people


Laws 11-15: Vulnerability could make you stronger


Laws 16-20: Earn respect, don’t take it for granted


Laws 21-25: In our lives, we reproduce the global division


Laws 26-30: Keep your words dubious but promising


Laws 31-39: There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses


Laws 40-48: Dangerous is what you get for free



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