I felt the poison of power enter my flesh. I knew life would never be the same.
For the child inside me had died. And the businessman was now alive.
I read a lot about strategy and warfare. It’s interesting to me. Not the terror and the agony. But the mental games and the thinking involved. Outwitting and outthinking your opponents – it helps in business. It helps in life.
One of the most popular books on strategy is 48 Laws of Power. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. This book gets a lot of love. And a lot of hate.
There are forty eight laws in total. But I only found seven useful.
Here are those seven:
Law One: Never outshine the master
Make those above you feel superior. Do not show your talents too much, it’ll make them insecure. Make the master appear more brilliant than he/she is.
Law Eight: Make others come to you – use bait if necessary
When you force others to act, you’re in control. Make opponents come to you. Lure with gains, then attack.
Law Ten: Avoid the unhappy and the unlucky
You’ll die from the misery of others – emotional states are as infectious as diseases.
Law Sixteen: Use absence to increase respect and honour
Too much circulation makes the price go down.
Law Seventeen: Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability
They can’t control you if they don’t know your next move.
Law Twenty Eight: Enter action with boldness
Everyone honours boldness, no one honours the timid.
Law Forty Eight: Assume formlessness
Stay adaptable and on the move.