Law 31: Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards You Deal (48 Laws of Power)

Law 31: Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards You Deal (48 Laws of Power)

Overview of Law #31: Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards You Deal To deceive people, seem to give them a meaningful choice. But sharply limit their options to a few that work in your favor regardless of which they choose. Your victims will feel in control, but you’ll pull the strings.

Rule 8: Tell The Truth – Or At Least Don’t Lie

Rule 8: Tell The Truth – Or At Least Don’t Lie

In 12 Rules for Life, Rule #8 is “Tell The Truth – Or At Least Don’t Lie.” What does this mean? Why is lying so bad to yourself? Why is telling the truth so good? This rule discusses not only lying to others, but also lying to yourself and obscuring your personal truth. Instead, you need to develop your personal truth, then act consistently with it. This chapter is fairly abstract, but try to see if its principles resonate with a specific problem you have in life.

4 Lessons on Power from Otto von Bismarck

4 Lessons on Power from Otto von Bismarck

Who was Otto von Bismarck? How did he keep his power in a rapidly-changing Europe? What can he teach us about maintaining power? Otto von Bismarck was a Prussian diplomat and politician who controlled German foreign affairs for 30 years in the mid- to late-1800s. We’ll cover what made Otto von Bismarck so powerful and how you can apply those lessons to your relationships and careers.

48 Laws of Power | Law 18: Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself—Isolation is Dangerous

48 Laws of Power | Law 18: Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself—Isolation is Dangerous

Overview of Law #18: Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself—Isolation is Dangerous Never isolate yourself when you come under pressure. This just cuts you off from information you need and people who could help you, and when real danger arises you won’t see it coming. Instead, make a point of being outgoing. Contact with others increases your power. Isolation is dangerous.

How to Be Mysterious: The Key to Gaining Power

How to Be Mysterious: The Key to Gaining Power

Ever wonder how you can be mysterious? Or how being mysterious might benefit you in work and life? Mystery can bring you power. If you’re mysterious, people want to know more, and their lack of knowledge and desire to figure you out gives you power over them. Use the examples below to learn why and how to be mysterious to gain more power over others.

Rule 3: Make Friends With People Who Want The Best For You

Rule 3: Make Friends With People Who Want The Best For You

In 12 Rules for Life, Rule #3 is “Make Friends With People Who Want The Best For You.” What does this mean? Why would you ever friends with people who don’t want the best for you? Life isn’t that simple. Sometimes you attract friends who want to bring you down. Sometimes you find it hard to let go of friends you’ve had for a long time. Learn how to surround yourself with better friends who really care about you.