Today’s featured book under our Book Pages Series is The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, a recently recommended reading by a very good friend. This bestselling book is for those who want to become more empowered or want to arm themselves against power. The author lists and describes 48 essential laws of power that will leave you nodding your head in agreement, or wondering if these laws are too cunning and ruthless. Regardless, there is something very practical and logical about these laws — making this book a good read.
Here are some of our favorite laws:
Law 10 page 76
INFECTION: AVOID THE UNHAPPY AND THE UNLUCKY
You can die from someone else’s misery –emotional states are as infectious as diseases. You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster. The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and the fortunate instead.
Law 16 page 115
USE ABSENCE TO INCREASE RESPECT AND HONOR
Too much circulation makes the price go down: The more you are seen and hear from, the more common you appear. If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired. You must learn when to leave. Create value through scarcity.
Law 40 page 76
DESPISE THE FREE LUNCH
What is offered for free is dangerous — it usually involves either a trick or a hidden obligation. What has worth is worth paying for. By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt, and deceit. It is also often wise to pay the full price — there is no cutting corners with excellence. Be lavish with your money and keep it circulating, for generosity is a sign and a magnet for power.