For anyone interested in learning how to be more successful in business and life, “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene is a must-read. The author draws from the whole of recorded history to form and support his rules for becoming more successful. He gives his expert take on numerous ancient and classic words of wisdom throughout the book. Realism makes up the basis of the ideas that range from cutthroat to uplifting. With the right open mindset, you can adapt Greene’s insights toward significant personal gain. You can take control of yourself and influence others.
Accounts of historical figures, such as Sun Tzu and Henry Kissinger, represent the teachings throughout the book. Drawing from ruthless dictators and famed do-gooders alike, Greene’s lessons can empower you to rise above or even take the sweet revenge that you crave based on how you interpret them. Here is a sample of what you will learn: Be a person of action, not words, to sidestep any backlash and create intrigue among your followers. Do not surround yourself with like-minded people, or you will not grow as much as you will when you are challenged. Plus, you cannot command seductive power over others who understand you too well.
While many of the strategies are controversial, readers need not turn their backs on kindness to engage in them. The 48 laws’ contexts are mostly left up to each person who uses them. It may take a long time and a lot of bad experiences to come to many of these conclusions on your own, and then it could be too late for you to benefit from them. You can also use these lessons to protect yourself from anyone who would exploit you through them. Whether you are out only for yourself or want to fight for a better future for all, this book has the right advice to help you achieve your vision.