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  • Forge a new identity, one of your own making, one that has had no boundaries assigned to it.
  • Develop self-awareness to take control of your appearances and emotions.
  • Create a memorable character that compels attention.

The Laws of Court Politics

  • Avoid Ostentation: modesty is always preferable.
  • Practice Nonchalance: your talent must appear to flow naturally, with ease.
  • Be Frugal with Flattery: flatter indirectl...

  • Drunk with success and sick with ambition, empires expand to grotesque proportions and meet a ruin that is total.
  • Concentrate on a single goal and beat it into submission.
  • Extent alone never rises above mediocrity, and it is the misfortune of men with wide ge...

  • When you are weak, there is nothing to be gained by fighting a useless fight. No one comes to help the weak.
  • People trying to make a show of their authority are easily deceived by the surrender tactic: inwardly you stay firm, but outwardly you bend.
  • Your outw...

  • Intelligence, taste, and sophistication are all things you can downplay to reassure others they are more advanced than you.
  • The easier they think it is to prey on you, the more easily you can turn the tables.

Key to Power: I...

There are no shortcuts to improving critical thinking. Thinking critically takes time, effort, and a commitment to intellectual growth. Using precise language when asking questions, stepping back to see the big picture, and challenging assumptions will help you become a better critical thinker.

Law 20: Do Not Commit To Anyone.

Part I: Be Courted By All.

Play the Virgin Queen: Give them hope but never satisfaction.

  • Put yourself in the middle between competing powers.
  • Lure one side with the promise of your help; the other side, always wanting to o...

Critical thinking helps you understand the world. Many people lack these communication and problem-solving skills. They may rely on instinct or experience without questioning their thinking.

A person with critical thinking skills will carefully consider their assumptions and beliefs before...

The Arrogant and Proud Man: Any perceived slight will lead to a vengeance of overwhelming violence. Flee these people.

The Hopelessly Insecure Man: Attack you in small bites that will take forever to get big enough for you to notice. Do not stay around him....

Your thinking rests on assumptions. They're the fundamental beliefs you hold about a situation, person, or idea. Assumptions can be dangerous because we don't question them; we just believe them.

You may think this is fine because it helps us form quick opinions and judgments, but false ass...

  • Maintaining power requires social interaction.
  • An isolated person is an easy target with limited access to information.
  • Choose isolation only as a last resort

Key to Power: When faced with threats, resist th...

Details can obscure the whole. Different perspectives help solve problems. Ask for input and consider different angles. Before deciding, weigh pros and cons. Consider the long-term effects of your choices (like an upcoming presentation). Consider whether there are better alternatives than what yo...

  • Nothing is more terrifying than the sudden and unpredictable. We do not know when they will strike. After one has occurred, we wait in terror for the next one.
  • Unpredictability draws attention and gets people talking, especially if you are the under...

First, define your question and assumptions clearly. This commonsense approach has two benefits. First, it clarifies which relevant assumptions can be tested or confirmed. Second, it identifies assumptions that aren't needed to answer the question. You may make unexpected discoveries.

Law 16: Use Absence to Increase Honor and Respect.

  • Preserve and enhance your status by withdrawing at the right moment, just before people start getting tired of you.
  • Make yourself less accessible to increase your value in others' minds.
  • Image: The Sun. It can only be appreciated in its absence. ...

You draw conclusions about the world using critical thinking. They're also everything you need for a human brain, so it's good you have them. Critical thinking can rust if it's not used. If that happens, you risk bad ideas and poor decisions, which nobody wants. Here are three simple habits to im...

  • Chinese history abounds with examples of leaders who left their enemies alive out of mercy but returned to haunt them.
  • Recognize that you will accumulate enemies who you cannot bring over to your side, and that to leave them any escape will mean you are never secure.
  • When we ...

  • Use spies or be a spy yourself.
  • Pay attention at social gatherings where people's guards are downs.
  • Share a fake confession and someone else will give you a real one.

Key to Power: Suppress oneself in the conversation, to make...

  • Achieving power often requires seeking help from those above you.
  • To succeed in getting what you want, you need to understand their motives and tie them in with yours.

Key to Power: Understand the person you are dealing with, and not ...

  • Give before you take.
  • Selective honesty is best employed on your first encounter with someone.
  • Calculated acts of kindness can turn a Capone into a gullible child.
  • Exceptions: When you have a history of deceit behind ...

Law 11: Learn To Keep People Dependent On You.

  • Do not mistake independence for power; power requires a relationship.
  • Fear you can control; love, never. Better to have others depend on you out of fear of the consequences of losing you than out of love for your company.
  • Make yourself so

  • People are highly susceptible to the emotions and pathologies of those they spend time with.
  • The most damaging types of infectors are those who are perpetually dissatisfied and aggrieved.

Key to Power: Choose who you are associated with carefully. 

  • When you argue with someone, even if they seem to agree with you, you can never be certain how they will react.
  • Demonstrating your point is more effective and powerful. 

Key to Power: Learn to demonstrate the correctness of your ideas...

  • Master your anger yet play on people’s natural tendency to react angrily when pushed and baited.

Key to Power: Keep the initiative, to get others to react to your moves and keep them on the defensive.

Law 7: Get Others To Do The Work For You, But Always Take The Credit.

  • The credit for an invention or creation is as important, if not more important, than the invention itself.
  • Keep your creation quiet until you can be sure there are no vultures circling overhead.
  • Learn to take advantage of other people...

  • Every crowd has a silver lining and they tend to act in conjunction.
  • Attach your name and reputation to a quality, an image, that sets you apart from other people.
  • Attack the most visible, most famous, most powerful p...

  • Establish a reputation for one outstanding quality that sets you apart and gets other people to talk about you.
  • A solid reputation increases your presence and exaggerates your strengths without having to spend much energy.
  • It is wise to assoc...

  • Power is, in many ways, a game of appearance, and when you say less than necessary, you inevitably appear more powerful than you are.
  • Once the words are out, you cannot take them back.
  • Short answers and silences will put people on the defensi...

Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions.

Part I: Use Red Herrings.

  • Our first instinct is to always trust appearances.
  • Cultivate an air of honesty in one area to disguise dishonesty in other.
  • Kill three birds with one stone: appear friendly, concea...

  • People forget the favors they have received and imagine they have earned their success on their own merits.
  • While a friend expects more and more favors and seethes with jealousy, these former enemies expect nothing and got everything.

Law 1: Never Outshine The Master.

Everyone has insecurities. Those who attain high standing in life want to feel secure in their positions, and superior to those around them in intelligence, wit, and charm.

  • Commit harmless mistakes that...

Literature is a great time-saver

We have a general sense that bookshops are filled with deeply important things.

It might seem like a big waste of time, but it is ultimately the greatest time-saver, for it gives us access to a range of events and emotions that will take years to try and experience directly. 

People are much better at maintaining their focus, not reacting and not getting distracted because they've envisioned what they expect to occur ahead of time.

So when riding the subway to work, they envision what the day will be like and what they expect to happen at that meeting. Or they h...

3. Becoming Addicted to Action

The solution to this is actually fairly simple!

What you want to do is celebrate your actions! Whenever you’re doing something that brings you closer to your goals, take a moment to recognize that as a major win!

Here’s what I liked to do:

Wh...

Mental models

Essentially, productive people tell themselves stories about what they expect to see. Engaging in this inner dialogue about what they think should be happening allows their brain to figure out what to focus on and ignore.

For example, researchers found that the best NICU nu...

2. The Issue With Most of Our Goals

The problem is that we often have big goals in life (which is GREAT, don’t get me wrong). The issue with this is that the **action** and the **results** you get from it are too far away from each other.

You start exercising daily today, and you’ll be fit in multiple weeks or months’ time.

1.Action, Reward & Dopamine

I know dopamine has a bad rep here, but it’s not that bad when you understand it.

In simple terms, when you do something or get a stimulus and get something positive from it, your brain produces dopamine. Known as the reward hormone. Your mind links the action/stimulus to the reward and tha...

My Story

What if the things you’re supposed to do didn’t require as much discipline, but were things you actually WANT and LOVE to do?

As someone who has struggled with discipline for more than half my life, I can tell you my younger self w...

Using mental models to maintain focus

Maintaining focus nowadays is harder than ever before. Your pocket vibrates at any moment because you're getting ten new emails, social media has all these notifications, the phone is ringing, your kids need help, and your colleagues are asking you to chime in on some memo.

However, maintai...