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In all these cases, it is not a weakness to conceal one`s strengths when they lead to power in the end. By letting others overshadow you, you keep control instead of falling victim to their insecurity. All of this will come in handy the day you decide to rise above your lower status. If, like Galileo, you can make your Master shine even more in the eyes of others, then you are a gift from heaven and will be promoted immediately. The simplest form of the fog wall is facial expression. Behind a boring and unreadable exterior, all kinds of chaos can be planned without being discovered. It is a weapon that the most powerful men in history have learned to perfect. It was said that no one could read Franklin D. Roosevelt`s face. Baron James Rothschild has made a habit of hiding his true thoughts behind a bland smile and a discreet appearance. Stendhal wrote of Talleyrand: «Never has a face been less of a barometer.» Henry Kissinger bore his opponents with his monotonous voice, his blank gaze, his endless recitations of details to tears at the negotiating table; Then, when his eyes became glassy, he suddenly beat her with a list of bold terms. If they were surprised, they would be easily intimidated.

As one poker manual explains: «While playing his hand, the right player is rarely an actor. Instead, he practices bland behavior that minimizes readable patterns, frustrates and confuses opponents, allows for more concentration. Throughout his career, Bismarck was a loyal, if not passionate, supporter of Prussian power. He dreamed of German unification, of going to war with Austria and humiliating the country that had kept Germany divided for so long. As a former soldier, he regarded war as a glorious enterprise. Never let the presence of enemies annoy you or worry you – you`re much better off with one or two declared opponents than not knowing where your real enemies are. The man of power welcomes conflict and uses enemies to strengthen his reputation as a safe fighter to rely on in times of uncertainty. THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER WITH ONE MILLION COPIES Going back 3,000 years of power history, it`s the ultimate guide to helping readers realize for themselves what Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, Louis XIV and Machiavelli learned the hard way. Law 1: Never surpass Master`s Law 2: Never trust your friends too much; Learn to use enemies Law 3: Hide your intentions Law 4: Always say less than necessary.

The text is bold and elegant, kept in black and red throughout and full of fables and sculptures of unique words. The 48 laws are exemplified by the tactics, triumphs and failures of great figures of the past who exercised power – or were harassed by it. ____________ Why did you persevere when other rappers didn`t? JAY-Z: I say this is because you`re always able to identify with people. It`s natural to get lost if you manage to surround yourself with the wrong people. In The 48 Laws of Power, it is said that the worst thing you can do is build a fortress around you. I still have the people who grew up with me, my cousin and my childhood friends. This guy here (gesticulating to the studio director) is my friend, and he told me that one of my records, Volume Three, was crazy. People set higher standards on me, and I love that. If you`re hungry for power, quickly put honesty aside and practice hiding your intentions.

Master the art and you will always have the upper hand. Fundamental to the ability to hide one`s intentions is a simple truth about human nature: our first instinct is to always trust appearances. We cannot walk around and doubt the reality of what we see and hear – and constantly imagine that apparitions that hide something else would exhaust and frighten us. This fact makes it relatively easy to hide one`s intentions. Just let an object you seem to desire, a goal you seem to be aiming for, hang before people`s eyes, and they will take on the appearance of reality. Once their eyes focus on the lure, they won`t notice what you`re really doing. In seduction, put contradictory signals such as desire and indifference, and not only do you throw them out of the smell, but you also ignite their desire to possess you. In one fell swoop, Sung turned a pack of «friendly» wolves who would probably have betrayed him into a group of docile lambs, far from any power. The most important of these abilities and the crucial foundation of power is the ability to control your emotions.

An emotional response to a situation is the biggest obstacle to power, a mistake that will cost you far more than any temporary satisfaction you might gain from expressing your feelings. Emotions obscure reason, and if you can`t see the situation clearly, you can`t prepare for it and respond to it with some degree of control. After all, you must learn to always walk the indirect path of power. Dress up your cunning. Like a billiard ball that sculpts several times before reaching its target, your movements should be planned and developed in the least obvious way. By training yourself to be indirect, you can thrive in the modern courtyard and appear as a model of decency while being the accomplished manipulator. Let us look at the situation. On the evening of the feast, when Fouquet presented Louis with a show greater than the previous one, he imagined the affair as proof of his loyalty and devotion to the king. Not only did he think that the party would bring him back in favor of the king, but he thought it would show his good taste, his connections and popularity, make him indispensable to the king and show that he would be an excellent prime minister. Instead, however, every new show, every smile of appreciation that the guests gave fouquet gave Louis the impression that his own friends and subjects were more enchanted by the minister of finance than by the king himself, and that Fouquet was in fact displaying his wealth and power.

Instead of flattering Louis XIV, Fouquet`s elaborate party insulted the king`s vanity. Louis, of course, wouldn`t admit it to anyone – instead, he found a convenient excuse to get rid of a man who had accidentally made him unsafe. Think of the 48 Laws of Power as a kind of manual on the arts of indirection. The laws are based on the writings of men and women who have studied and mastered the power game. These writings cover a period of more than three thousand years and were created in civilizations as diverse as ancient China and Renaissance Italy; Nevertheless, they share common threads and themes that together point to an essence of power that has not yet been fully articulated.

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