The Laws of Power: How to Become Powerful and Avoid Getting Manipulated

In one's life, you're better off following the teachings of Jesus or Buddha to gain long-term happiness. But the sad fact is, many people live by a very different set of rules, and while most of these folks eventually self-destruct, they can inflict severe damage on our personal and professional lives in the process. These laws are a good primer for learning how these people think. is doing a series on how you can become more powerful and influential at work, in your group of friends or in general in life. The series will outline the laws which you need to be aware of to become powerful in this world.

The laws are amoral, cunning, ruthless and instructive. They have been gathered by research of over three thousand years of the history of power and are based on the book 48 Laws of Power.

Each of the Laws will be accompanied by a story or a detail which make the meaning/application of the law more practical for your day to day living.

While we are doing this series I will also be giving out free PDFs of "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu and "The Prince" by Machiavelli.

This series will give you a strong foundation in understanding how powerful people exploit you and how you can foresee things and be proactive.

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So let us start this journey. The Laws which we will be talking will be listed below(As we go on I will link all the laws to this article) THIS SERIES IS NOW COMPLETED DUE TO OVERWHELMING POPULARITY YOU CAN READ THE SUMMARY OF ALL THE LAWS AT 48 LAWS OF POWER

Law 1: Never Outshine The Master
Law 2: Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies
Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions
Law 4: Always Say Less Than Necessary
Law 5: So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with your Life
Law 6: Court Attention at all Cost
Law 7: Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit
Law 8: Make other People Come to you— use Bait if Necessary
Law 9: Win Through Your Actions, Never through Argument
Law 10: Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky
Law 11: Learn to Keep People Dependent on You
Law 12: Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm Your Victim
Law 13: When Asking for Help, Appeal to People's Self-Interest, Never to Their Mercy or Gratitude
Law 14: Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy
Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally
Law 16: Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor
Law 17: Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability
Law 18: Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself— Isolation is Dangerous
Law 19: Know Who You're Dealing With— Do Not Offend the Wrong Person
Law 20: Do Not Commit to Anyone
Law 21: Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker— Seem Dumber than Your Mark
Law 22: Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power
Law 23: Concentrate Your Forces
Law 24: Play the Perfect Courtier
Law 25: Re-Create Yourself
Law 26: Keep Your Hands Clean
Law 27: Play on People's Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following
Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness
Law 29: Plan All the Way to the End
Law 30: Make Your Accomplishments Seem Effortless
Law 31: Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards You Deal
Law 32: Play to People's Fantasies
Law 33: Discover Each Man's Thumbscrew
Law 34: Be Royal in Your Own Fashion: Act Like a King to Be Treated Like One
Law 35: Master the Art of Timing
Law 36: Disdain Things You Cannot Have: Ignoring Them is the Best Revenge
Law 37: Create Compelling Spectacles
Law 38: Think as You Like but Behave Like others
Law 39: Stir up Waters to Catch Fish
Law 40: Despise the Free Lunch
Law 41: Avoid Stepping into a Great Man's Shoes
Law 42: Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep Will Scatter
Law 43: Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others
Law 44: Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect
Law 45: Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform Too Much at Once
Law 46: Never Appear Too Perfect
Law 47: Do Not Go Past the Mark You Aimed for; in Victory, Learn When to Stop
Law 48: Assume Formlessness