We all desire some amount of power no matter how much we deny it. The feeling of not being able to exert any influence or bend things to our will can actually be quite depressing. Now this article is not to turn you into a power hungry tyrant but make you familiar with certain timeless laws which you can follow to gain more control over the things you desire.
The following laws have been taken from the book – “48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene.
WIN THROUGH ACTIONS, NEVER THROUGH ARGUMENT
Arguing with people allows them to put forth defences. You never know which words uttered by you in flow may deeply offend the other party. This could lead to a disaster. Not to forget, during arguments, people turn resentful and extremely stubborn because you are allowing them to place their point. Instead of indulging in arguments, convey messages using actions. Present your ideas, don’t waste time trying to explain them.
CRUSH YOUR ENEMY TOTALLY
In the realm of power, when you are dealing with extremely influential people, make sure you identify your enemies as well as friends. Once you have done this, the moment you get a reason to put down your enemies, do so with no hesitation. Do not hold back or show any mercy. If you do, you will give your enemies the chance to plot again and come back at you in a stronger form.
DO NOT COMMIT TO ANYONE
This does not refer to the small and harmless arguments. But when dealing with negotiators, always maintain an air of independence. Never make a strong commitment especially without thinking it through. The moment you commit, you give up your independence to make your own decisions. You have attached a string to yourself. Let people win your favour. Don’t just give it away for less.
MAKE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS SEEM EFFORTLESS
You do not need to display your hard work in front of people. They will come to doubt you and take you for a show off! Let them believe that your success is natural. Don’t reveal your ideas out in public. Keeping your hard work a secret, will make you come across as a genius rather than a workaholic.