48 Laws of Power - Essay

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The 48 Laws of Power byRobert Greene
Maurice Fischer

The 48 Laws of Power
Law 1
Never Outshine the Master
Make the people above you feel greater than you are, even if they are not.
This makes sense in many cases but don’t apply to others. All people working for someone will see that this law will apply to them, the boss or in this case the “master” is on top. The person on the top, most likely, worked his or hers way up and does not want to be thrown from his or hers throne. It is in the human nature to get rid of threats if one has the power to do this. He may feign appreciation, but at his firs opportunity he will replace you with someone less intelligent, less attractive, less threatening.
Do not let that happen Robert Greene
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This goes hand in hand with law number 3, you must combine both to gain maximum outcome. Both laws are similar but good together. Your silence will make other people uncomfortable. Silence does make people uncomfortable, but so does it do you. When getting used to that silence can be used to great towards your advantage. Control what you are saying and your actions. Once words are out, you cannot take them back. Keep them under control. Words are more hurtful than one might think, what is said cannot be taken back, and it will hurt your image, appearance and future actions. However, it is not to your advantage to keep up with silence. Silence can arouse suspicion and even insecurity, especially in your superiors. People might tent to interpret you wrongly. Silence can be seen as a sign of being disrespectful and impolite.

Law 5
So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with your Life
Since we must live in society and must depend on your reputation by not caring how you are perceived, you let others decide this for you. Be the master of your fate, and also of your reputation. You can choose yourself if you would like to guide others to the reputation you would like to have or let them decide. It is all about your behavior while being in society. People tend to judge by appearance and behavior. It is easier to


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