Episode 17- 48 Laws of Power

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What are the 48 Laws

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this multi-million-copy New York Times bestseller is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control – from the author of The Laws of Human Nature.

Robert Greene as mentor to Ryan Holiday

Ryan (of Daily Stoic, Obstacle is the way, etc.) was mentored by Robert Green. Ryan mentioned in a video how Robert Green taught him to categorize and sort notes he takes from reading.

Prison and the 48 Laws

The 48 Laws Of Power, as well as Greene’s follow-up, The Art of Seduction, are both banned books. The Utah prison system feels that both books have the ability to teach inmates how to manipulate others.

50 Cent and 50’s Law

In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a “bible” for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing. 

Favorite laws

Law 1 Never outshine the master

Law 3 Conceal your intentions

Lw 4 Always say less than necessary

Law 5 so much depends on reputation guard it with your life

Law 9 win through your actions, never through an argument

Law 40 Despise the Free Lunch

Law 46 Never appear too perfect

Law 47 Do not go past the mark you aimed for: in victory, learn when to stop

Unliked laws

Law 7 Get others to do work for you, but always take credit

Law 14 Pose as a friend, work as a spy

Law 17 Keep others in suspended terror: Cultivate an air of unpredictability

Law 30 Make your accomplishments seem effortless

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