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48 Laws of Power: Law #1 -Never Outshine The Master



I have started reading a new book, The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene…it may take me some time, but I will be reflecting on each Law and sharing my findings with you, as I feel there is much to be gained. For a much more detailed version of these laws with real life examples, please read the book. This book is sure to intrigue and give you profound insight into Power as you have never seen it before. By simply reading and knowing the Laws you are a step above the rest of the world, but how about take your understanding a step further and use these Laws to benefit you?


For any of you reading this that do not know me, I am by no means a power hungry person. I simply love the Laws of the universe and the power of our individual minds to achieve the greatness we think only exists in fairy tails or for the select few divine individuals we read about in history books. I believe we are all magnificent creations with the potential to live whatever version of extraordinary we choose.


Always make those above you feel comfortable superior. In your desire to please and impress them, do not go too for in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite – inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power. (pg. 1)


Remember the following: Never take your position for granted and never let any favors you receive go to your head. (pg. 6)


Image: The Stars int the Sky.  There can only be one sun at a time.  Never obscure the sunlight, or rival the sun’s brilliance; rather, fade into the sky and find ways to heighten the master star’s intensity. (pg. 6)


Authority: Avoid outshining the master.  All superiority is odious, but the superiority of a subject over his prince is not only stupid, it is fatal.  This is a lesson that the stars in the sky teach us – they may be related to the sun, and just as brilliant, but they never appear in her company. (Baltasar Cracian, 1601-1658) (pg. 7)

Greene, Robert, and Joost Elffers. The 48 Laws of Power. New York: Penguin, 2000. Print


be powerful today.

Lora Louise

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