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48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power

I stumbled across a book recently called The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene. It was his first book, and was published in 1998. I was intrigued by the Wikipedia article for the book that said it was popular with both celebrities and prison inmates. Now there’s a combination!

The book outlines 48 straightforward principles for building and maintaining more power in your relationships with others. It’s part Sun Tzu and part Machiavelli in its approach. I’ve collected some of the highlights.

Introduction to the 48 Laws of Power


As a young child, entering primary school can be quite a small shock. In the event you considered everything they told you about truthfulness and fairness and were raised by conscientious parents, chances are when lumped in together with your new classmates there was a steep learning curve ahead of you. Suddenly it became clear that fairness is for suckers and wimps!

The truth is, consistently striving to be fair can seriously hamper your success. Of course, if it’s the case that you’re a top level company manager or politician, you already understood that. However there is hope even if you’re not.

Robert Greene was just as you, but determined to look deep into machinations and the history of power to understand all about the best way to get it, use it and defend against mistreatment of it. He created an unbelievable 48 laws of power.

A Few Selected Laws of Power

It’s a little too much to dive into all 48 Laws of Power. If you’re interested in learning more, you should buy the book. But here are some selected laws with a little background.

Don’t acquire you your manager’s favor, but make him glow instead

Have you ever ever attempted to impress your supervisor, and then fall flat on your own face? If you’ve ever failed to impress someone in a place of power, it may truly be the result of outshining them. After all, powerful folks want to function as the center of attention; striving overly difficult to impress them can switch focus away from them and onto you, hurting their pride in the process.

But what worse is acting superior to them, a move that could lead your supervisor to think of you as a threat with their position and, therefore, to enable you to go from the organization.

Take the relationship between King Louis XIV of France and Nicolas Fouquet, the king’s finance minister. Fouquet, a loyal and clever adviser became vital to his ruler, but this didn’t ensure him the place of prime minister when the incumbent minister died. To attain the king’s favor, Fouquet threw a lavish party at his chateau that was extravagantly furnished to reveal the king well-connected and influential he was.

A day later, Fouquet was detained by order of the king, who felt dubiously and overshadowed accused of larceny to amass such opulent wealth, the minister. Poor Fouquet was bound to live out his days in a prison cell.

So, you know how not to impress your manager, but how will you attain her favor? An improved strategy would be to always make the individual in charge look smarter than everyone else.

As an example, the astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei desperately needed funds because of his research, and discovered an ingenious way to get it. When he found the four moons of Jupiter in 1610, he made sure to link his discovery.


In an act of cunning, Galileo said that the four moons symbolized Cosimo II and his three brothers, while Jupiter itself was comparable to Cosimo I, the four brothers’ papa. Thanks to playing to his ruler’s ego, Galileo was named the official philosopher and mathematician of Cosimo II.

Take credit for other folks’s work and protect your own

It sounds mean, but most of the time, taking credit for other people’s efforts is the key to success. Pretty ruthless, but if you’re after power, you need to use this to your advantage.

Would you ever consider claiming parts of another person’s work as your own by plagiarizing several clever snippets? Did you ever slyly steal responses from a classmate in a mathematics test? The stark reality is that achieving power often means utilizing the work of others to your advantage or maybe you didn’t, although maybe you did.

If somebody else can do them why could you waste your energy doing things? As an example, are you aware that the Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla worked for the famous inventor Thomas Edison? And it was truly Tesla, not Edison, who was key in creating Edison’s dynamo that is recognized by improving what was at the time Edison’s fairly primitive design.

Thomas Edison

To make this discovery, Tesla worked tirelessly for an entire year, often clocking 18-hour days in the laboratory. But now, it’s Edison’s name which is related to the dynamo.

To this day, little has changed since Edison. Only take into consideration the way well-known novelists “ and how few politicians write their own speeches borrow” from other writers.

But reaping the benefits of work isn’t enough – you’ll additionally should take credit for it. For instance, Edison and his business claimed all the credit on the dynamo for Tesla’s work. Edison didn’t so much as share a penny of his profits with Tesla, even though he’d assured him $50,000!

Thus, keeping Tesla’s experience at heart, remember the credit given for creation or an invention of any kind is equally as crucial as the invention itself. If you don’t claim credit, someone else will jump in, steal all of the credit that comes with it and your idea.

Getting power over somebody means getting to know them – and being their buddy is the best way


Possibly you’ve ran into this issue before: you’re striving to outmaneuver the opposition but can’t quite manage to correctly predict your opponents strategies. How can you get around this?

Well, another trick to getting power will be to gather significant information regarding the folks you would like to control. Also to get something you are required to understand about them. After all, understanding an individual’s plans, desires and weaknesses will help you guide their activities and both win their favor.

Take the art dealer Joseph Duveen, who in 1920 resolved to win over the industrialist Andrew Mellon as a client. So Duveen chose to bribe Mellon’s staff to pass him secret information about their company but Mellon wasn’t easily convinced.

Duveen made sure to follow him when the industrialist traveled to London. The dealer showed up at the same art gallery Mellon was visiting, allegedly by chance, and engaged him in a lively conversation.

Since Duveen understood so much about what Mellon enjoyed, he easily gained his favor by making him consider that they shared common preferences in art. Consequently, the encounter ended on good terms and Mellon shortly became Duveen’s best client.

So just how will you accomplish what Duveen did?

By posing as an individual’s buddy, you’re able to hire informants or, better yet, behave as a spy yourself. This strategy is uncertain, while most people go for hired secret agents like Duveen did. After all, just how can you be sure that your secret agents are being honest along with you?

It’s best to do the spying yourself to be sure your information is accurate. As individuals usually hesitate to talk about private information with strangers, this really is no simple job.

Nevertheless, they’re not as close when in the company of someone they look at a buddy, making posing as a comrade a powerful strategy.

Act unpredictably to confuse the competition

You almost certainly know that many folks don’t enjoy sudden changes, but are you aware that you can use to your competitive advantage? Acting unpredictably can keep your competition off balance, and here’s how:

In scenarios that are competitive, your opponents will likely attempt difficult to figure you out by observation your customs and decision making, plus they won’t hesitate to use these details against you. In this situation, your very best move would be to behave erratically – being unpredictable will protect you from being understood by your opponents, which will intimidate and unnerve them.

Take the famous 1972 chess match between the Russian champion Boris Spassky and also Bobby Fischer. Fischer understood that Spassky’s technique was to target predictability and the routines of his competition, by playing as unpredictably as you possibly can and Fischer used this information to his advantage.

Even in the times leading as much as the match, Fischer made it seem unsure whether or not he would manage to make it to Reykjavik, where the pair was set to play. When he did arrive, it was moments before the match was set to be cancelled due to his lack. After this stunt, Fischer continued to whine about everything from the lighting to the chairs and noise in the room.

When they finally began first match is ’sed by the tournament, Fischer made careless errors before giving up, an odd move since he was known for his persistence. Spassky couldn’t tell if he was actually making errors or perhaps bluffing.

At this time, Fischer had Spassky just where he was desired by him: when your opponent is adequately vexed, you’re in a perfect situation to win.


Doing things that perplex your competitor will cause him to try to spell out your behaviour and deflect him from the job at hand, providing you the chance to hit.

So, after two games of chess, Fischer began winning game after game with daring moves. When all was said and done, Spassky conceded and Fischer was named world champion.

Game of Thrones

Safety with Torrents

I was traveling abroad a lot this Spring for work and having a tough time keeping up with Game of Thrones. I’m a paying HBO subscriber and even have HBO Go for streaming at home. Unfortunately, HBO Go doesn’t work in a lot of the countries that I travel to.

I tried setting up a VPN service, but just like Netflix, HBO Go seems to block the service from working correctly over a VPN. This was really frustrating, because I wanted to watch Game of Thrones when it came out on Sunday nights…or whatever time of day it was wherever I was traveling.

Don’t tell anyone, but I tried a couple of torrent sites. I’m always a little wary of these places because you never know if your going to get a virus or malware or worse. I read this article about tips for avoiding problems with shady torrent sites on Softonic and downloaded uTorrent, which seems to be the most popular torrent product on the Web.

It took a lot longer than I thought to get my episodes. I had to download the entire file before I could watch any of it. Despite the claims that torrents speed things up by downloading portions of the file from dozens, or even hundreds, of different sources, I found that the whole process was slower than streaming. Of course with streaming you get to start watching right away without waiting for the entire file to download.

I think I’ll stick with streaming or just watching it on TV when I’m home, but when I travel a lot it’s nice to know I can still get my Game of Thrones fix.

Sochi Olympics Flag and Rings

Did they Dope?

Over the past few days there’s been a swirl of reports about allegations that the Russians used doping methods to improve athlete performance at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

The story was first reported in the New York Times by Rebecca Ruiz and Michael Schwirtz.

The report claims that the program was state-run and that dozens of athletes participated. At least 15 of the participants were medal winners. The report’s source is a former anti-doping official.

Allegedly, the urine sample bottles supplied by the athletes were tampered with and the athletes’ own urine was replaced with clean urine as part of the scheme.

You can read an even longer account in Slate.



World Cup 2014 and Security

This looks ominous. There’s only seven weeks to go before the World Cup begins in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro will be the center of it all, but local police and the army are dealing with a grim-looking security situation. Late last night, violence erupted and a young male dancer was shot dead by police. Brazil has been cracking down on the slums of Rio and setting up permanent police posts for the last several years.

Some friends of mine are going to see some matches at this year’s World Cup. I had to pass because it’s just too expensive to go and I’m trying to save money. But I’ll be watching in earnest on TV. I’m rooting for USA, but expect Brazil to be a formidable competitor, as they always are. With the World Cup taking place on their home turf, they’ll be tough to beat.

Running Practice Time – Morning or Evening?

It’s always crazy day here in the city, really need to find time to run, walk or go to the gym if you don’t want to gain so much weight!

But when is the best time to run?

Well, I run every morning between 4am to 5am, one to two rounds in the park is just right for me to start my day right and full of energy.

Even if I got late on the evening before, I wanted to run on the morning.

I feel so down and slow when I missed a run.

They say that morning exercise leads to better sleep quality.

So that’s typical in my lifestyle. But now that I want to join in the 21k marathon run.

I am more inspired to prepare my self to it.

I don’t just want run on morning but also run after work.

Sometimes I couldn’t do it, because of the loads of work in the office and my teammates are not runners.

So I got an idea!

I invited all my teammates to join me in getting to healthy life style! I also invited other people in the other department.

Well, most of them are interested to join. I hope it will stay that way…

Hey, Everyone!!! If you’re reading my post now, make sure we finish work early tomorrow ok?

I won’t be waiting for you guys! 😛

I also had a research if it’s ok to run on the afternoon, well I just found out that the optimal time to exercise is when your body is on its highest temperature, which, for most people is the late afternoon, between 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Other studies do confirm that exercisers perform better on physical performance tests, including aerobic capacity, endurance, reaction time, and strength between 4 and 7 p.m.

Cool right???!!!



Run Like the Wind

Hey everyone! So I’m going to make good on a long-standing promise to myself to train for and complete a half marathon this year. I’ve always been a runner, but haven’t finished anything for than a 10K and I really don’t race that much. I’m reasonably fast but I just have never made the time to log all the miles necessary to finish something as long as a half marathon. 13.1 miles! Hopefully without stopping.

Here’s my half marathon training checklist:

I’m going to start out slow and follow a 12-week training program. I haven’t decided which race to run, but since I’m aiming for May or June, there should be plenty to choose from.


Getting Inspired

I love inspirational quotes and stories. Sometimes we all need a little pick-up on a rough day and a great quote can really get you in the right frame of mind. One of my favorite sources of quotes is Sir Winston Churchill, who was a master at crafting speeches to rally the citizens of Great Britain during World War II. One of his best quotes is below. It’s something I found on Inspiratopia.

Success is not final

Success is not final

This quote reminds us all that no matter how successful we are, we’re never done. And failure is not just an option, but it’s a great learning experience. Finally, the process of staying the course is where courage truly comes from. Very inspirational, Sir Winston!

Finding the Day of the Week

OK, this is entirely random but I thought it was amazingly cool, so I thought I’d re-post something I found on the Web.

Here’s the story. As you might know, Earth Day is coming up soon. This Sunday as a matter-of-fact. It happens every year on April 22 and this year that falls on a Sunday, which is kind of convenient since Sunday happens to be an excellent day to celebrate something like Earth Day. It’s on the weekend, people have lots of time, you get the idea.

The first Earth Day was in 1970 and that got me to wondering whether that happened on a Sunday as well. So I went to Google to look it up and stumbled across this really cool page that has a method for easily determining the day of the week for any date in history: Finding the Day of the Week.

It involves a bit of math but not enough to scare you off. Once you get the algorithm down, you’ll be able to calculate any day of the week in your head…or at least quickly with a pencil and paper. And Earth Day, 1970? Turns out it was on a Wednesday. I did some more research and it turns out they planned it to be mid-week to get people to leave their offices and participate. Guess I was wrong about it being well-suited for a weekend.

Speaking of the weekend, besides my plans to celebrate Earth Day, I’ll also be playing a lot of Pottermore, which finally opened up to the public. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade or so, you’re probably familiar with Harry Potter and Pottermore is author J.K. Rowling’s answer to her fans who want more Harry. It’s sort of an online game where you get to follow along with the story and interact with the world of wizards. It’s pretty straightforward, although I had to rely on some cheats to figure out some of the tougher parts. There’s a ton of extra material that gives Potter geeks plenty to read and think about.

Oh, and after the Sorting Hat ceremony was complete, I was put into Ravenclaw. I knew it!

New Apartment

I spent most of the past weekend hunting around for a new apartment in the city. I’ve been living with two roommates for the past few years and even though I love them to pieces, I think it’s time to have my own place for a while. I don’t have many possessions, just some clothes, a few bookshelves, and a simple inexpensive mattress and bed. So I don’t need a very big space. I’m mostly looking for studio apartments or maybe a very inexpensive one bedroom place if I can find it.

This weekend’s search didn’t turn up much. A lot of the places were a little run-down and old and if I’m going to spring for my own place I want it to be a place I feel comfortable in. Would also like some space for my kid brother to hang out and play Poptropica. It doesn’t need to be incredibly fancy, but at least clean and up-to-date. I’ll keep looking around.

Not My Apartment

This is so not my apartment, but I wish it was.