Book number 24: The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

“Understand: people will constantly attack you in life. One of their main weapons will be to instill in you doubts about yourself – your worth, your abilities, your potential. They will often disguise this as their objective opinion, but invariably it has a political purpose – they want to keep you down.”

Book number: 24

Book name: The 48 Laws of Power

Author: Robert Greene

Book Length: 452

Time taken to read: July 30- August 6

Genre: Self-help book

Recommended to: This is one of the beautiful books which tells you the laws nobody would speak to you openly about.

Inspired me to learn about:
Nothing more than 48 laws which are shared below:

Law 1
Never Outshine The Master

Law 2
Never Put Too Much Trust On Friends
Learn How To Use Enemies

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 Costs

Law 7
Get Others To Do The Work For You, But
Always Take The Credit

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 Suspense:
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 Accomplishments
Seem Effortless

Law 31
Control The Options:
Get Others To Play With
The Cards You Deal

Law 32
Play To People’s 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 Waters 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 Minds 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 Past The Mark You Aimed For;
In Victory, Learn When To Stop

Law 48
Assume Formlessness

3 takeaways from the book:

  • LAW 4

Always Say Less Than Necessary:

“When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.”

  • “Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent.”
  • “Think of it this way: There are two kinds of failure. The first comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid, or because you are waiting for the perfect time. This kind of failure you can never learn from, and such timidity will destroy you. The second kind comes from a bold and venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done.”

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28 thoughts on “Book number 24: The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene”

  1. Good morning Sumit!

    You know I read it at night only but here I am to comment on it.
    I was so excited to read these 48 laws. I kept scrolling until the last. Each law was something in itself. I absolutely connected to them and whatever is said is so true.

    I cannot put down whatever I liked because there are so many that I liked.
    I liked your justification on the fourth law: “less is always more”
    Unless it’s a comment 😂 (Because comment has to be long)

    Inspired me to learn about a lot.
    Good job!
    See you around ✨

    P.S- I am glad to see you posted something.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Hahahah! Our comments are supposed to be endless.

      And I’m glad that you found then useful. It was actually a journey of being careless to be wise.

      There are 26 more to go. But yes, we’re gonna post all the other things too.

      There’s a big news coming too shortly.

      See you around, Rashmi! ✨


      1. When is it happening, I am so very excited now.
        You gotta post more to make it happen soon. The day you waited for so long and worked hard to happen.

        I’ll wait for that particular post that brings about this wonderful news.

        I’d be the happiest you know it.

        Liked by 3 people

      2. Yes. I am a Cuteheart.
        It feels so good hearing it after so long.

        I wrote something few days back and I think now is the right time to publish it.
        I’ll meet you with a blog post this evening.
        Till then bye!

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    1. Sharing my personal experience:

      I’ve actually read this book last year but again forgot many of them to use, so for over one and a half months, 48 days to be precise, I’ve learnt and tried applying each law and jotted down in my journal too.

      I used to just read one at a day.


    1. I was also one of the people like yours until I got into the corporate world.

      If you see your seniors doing this shit to you, you have to learn that before you make fool of yourself.

      Also, Vultures are the best example of this. They’d just keep an eye on the dinner, until someone goes and kill the animal/bird, a vulture would go, dominate and take all the credits.

      If you see, a lot of things work in that way.

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      1. Yeah thats why i told these look so applicable on the outside world. Uff, how difficult is it to maintain ourselves in the world. Can’t even be pure.

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      2. Not that easy, Shree. Good souls need to be protected before they go outside the world.

        I’ve found myself cheated and fooled again by being good to others. The world is cruel, and you get to protect yourself from such people.

        Also, that doesn’t mean you have to be like them but to at least know, when anything like that happens.

        I’d give you an example of mine for what happened- As we’re working from home these days, I was done with my work already, others were not. One of the colleagues of mine asked me to go to a client’s place to do his work. (A normal person like me, and you would be like okay, tell me, I’ll do it) but I found out, it’s my holiday that I’ve earned, and there are tasks that need to be done.

        By telling him yes and doing it half heartedly would make me feel sad for I’ll not be able to do things I’ve decided. So I sad no. A clear no.

        That might be harsh to him because it was his work which he was giving me, and I gave myself A priority to do what’s important for me.

        It was done by someone else later. But I’m glad I chose what made me happy.

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      3. Even after saying no, and that earned us time, why do we have to feel bad that our no was harsh on them?

        This is bad about us. We had to stop thinking after that no.

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      4. Yes. You’re right. I’m not at all feeling bad about saying no.

        But of course, there are people who overthink and say, I should have done it, how would that person be feeling. F that shit!

        What’s more important is my time for myself.

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