48 Laws Of Power: Law #47 Do Not Go Past The Mark You Aimed For; In Victory Know When to Stop

Law 47: Do not go past the mark you aimed for; in victory know when to stop

  •      When going to far in victory, you make more enemies
  •      Set a goal, achieve it, then stop

“Done is better than perfect”

If you can get something functional and off the ground… a new product… training materials… delivering something on time… etc… it builds your credibility step by step.

Its like a game of poker… when you do something good you earn a few chips… make a minor mistake you lose a few chips… do a project well and your boss speaks well, win a lot of chips… piss of the wrong person lose a lot of chips.

If you do one project and focus on ONLY that project and make it perfect in 10x the amount of time you could do 4-6 good enough projects you will only win the same amount of chips as the guy who did that same project “Good Enough.”

The point is that all business is personal. It is perception. By going from one project to another in a company and having them be “Good Enough” and working within the needed specs you will be seen as a “go to” guy to get it done. After the project is launched you can polish out anything while in progress.

Building a mountain of poker chips (perception of effectiveness & corporate citizenship) with co-workers and superiors will open doors for you. If you do a epic f’k up you can go “all in”, shove your stack and have others speak up that you are worth saving.

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48 Laws Of Power: Law #45 Preach The Need For Change, But Never Reform Too Much At Once

Law 45: Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once

  •      Everyone wants change but too much is traumatic
  •      When new to power show you respect old ways
  •      Make change feel like a gentle improvement on the past

Don’t expect that reinventing yourself will happen effortlessly like flipping a light switch. Take baby steps. One day at a time. Attempt managable changes and observe the results. If you fail, try again. Learn from your mistakes. Build on your successes. This is not to say radical change is impossible. Only that gradual improvement is more likely to succeed and failures will be less traumatic. Swallowing the Red Pill is already a huge paradigm shift, and challenges will come to you unbidden: life, death, marriage, divorce.

So, look at your life as a work in progress. Have attainable goals that lead to big milestones. Whether your need is to eat healthier, or lift more in the gym, or overcome an addicition, or manage your money. Whatever it is, small improvements will add up to big changes in the future. Patience, perseverance, and consistency are your watchwords. Eschew instant gratification culture. Avoid immediate rewards with delayed payment. True self-improvement doesn’t happen all at once, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Anyone who tells you differently is selling you a bill of goods.

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48 Laws Of Power: Law #44 Disarm & Infuriate With The Mirror Effect

Law 44: Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect

  •      When you mirror exactly what your enemies do, they cannot figure out your strategy
  •      The mirror effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact
  •      Hold a mirror to their psyches and you’ll seduce them and they’ll think they share your values
  •      Mirror their actions and they learn lessons

I always felt this law kind of overlapped a lot with the other laws. At least in the way I interpreted it. I figured the law means to mirror what others are currently saying/doing so that they feel that you are “one of the group.” Other laws that touch on this include:

  • Pose as a friend, work as a spy
  • Think as you like, but behave like others
  • Never outshine the master
  • Always say less than necessary

The other way I’ve heard this law interpreted is to “mirror” your opponent to mock them. Obviously this causes them to get angry and lose frame. A powerful way to discredit your opponent.

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48 Laws Of Power: Law #41 Avoid Stepping Into A Great Man’s Shoes

Law 41: Avoid stepping into a great man’s shoes

  •      What happens first always appears better and more original than what’s next
  •      Following great people means you must double their power
  •      Gain power by shining in your own way

Relationships

Don’t date a woman who was previously with a “Great man”

If she dated a successful man who treated her well and “fell in love” avoid her because you’ll never “be better than he was” at best you can hope to be is equal in her eyes. All he has to do it is show up and whatever you think you have with her is gone. Even if he doesn’t show up, you’ll never be “her true love” you’re just the poor replacement for a relationship she wish worked out .

If her father is some top dude, you’ll never meet the expectations she has for men because her father was SUPER successful. Avoid those spoiled princesses with the super alpha daddy. You’ll never fit into the gigantic shoes daddy left empty.

There are lots of examples of this law in play.

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48 Laws Of Power: Law #40 Despise The Free Lunch

Law 40: Despise the free lunch

  •      What’s offered for free in dangerous
  •      Pay your own way to avoid guilt and gratitude
  •      No cutting corners with excellence
  •      Be lavish with your money, keep it circulating
  •      Generosity is a sign and magnet for power

When you receive something for free from someone, you are inherently indebted to that person. That person then has power over you and you can be sure that person will capitalize on their investment in the future.

A successful man is one with power and influence over many. Have people do small favors for you in order to increase comfort with you. If you can afford it, when you go out with a friend offer to buy them lunch or a drink if you’re at a bar–not often enough for them to take you for granted, but as a means to get them to “owe you one.”

This is probably one of the best laws to follow if your aim is to be independent.

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48 Laws of Power: Law #38 Think As You Like But Behave Like Others

Law 38: Think as you like but behave like others

  •      By flaunting your unconventional ways people will only think you want attention
  •      They’ll punish you for making them feel inferior
  •      Blend in

In government buildings and other feminine dominated environments I act like a beta faggot. It’s necessary to get ahead. In the clubs? Full gorilla mode. That’s what this law is. You need to be able to turn your beta on and off at the drop of a hat. Being alpha everywhere 24/7 does not reap the greatest results. This links in with law 48 – be formless. Like water, fill up the volume of the social space you’re in. If beta gets you the most benefits, be beta. If beta is frowned upon and in the new environment alphas get all the respect/pussy – be alpha. Alpha thrives in male dominated environments like building sites and gyms. Alpha is always respectable, but it’s also scary, especially to women/betas/omegas/people with power who don’t want to be overthrown etc. If you scare people with power too much, they won’t help you/look at you favourably. You must play beta (law 1 – don’t outshine.) I know we’d all like to be alpha all the time and thrive in that endeavour, but that’s foolish miscalibration. The nail that sticks out gets hammered.

“Everyone sees what you seem to be, but few touch what you are.” Machiavelli

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48 Laws of Power: Law #37 Create Compelling Spectacles

Law 37: Create compelling spectacles

  •      Striking imagery and symbolic gestures create the auro of power and people respond
  •      Stage spectacles for those around you and heighten your presence
  •      Dazzle by appearance

Take some time to think about how your gesturing is perceived by others.

How do you think others perceive you when you’re gesturing is fast and frantic? Does it match your intent? How about when your gestures are slow and relaxed?

Are your movements rigid/tense, rather than smooth? (Try various techniques you can find online to relax yourself. Breathing techniques help me. There’s a reason most people exhale during the concentric phase of a weight lift. It helps me stabilize.)

Also, while doing gestures, it’s generally better to be generous with them. If they’re tiny gestures, and your arms are still close to your chest, you appear scrunched up, defensive, and smaller than you are. It just diminishes your presence and is harder for people farther away from you to see what you are trying to do. Note that wider gestures require more movement so it might subconsciously encourage you to move faster than you want or need.

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