They say all publicity is good publicity, but how do we deal with that in real life? How can we cope emotionally with others thinking ill of us? And doesn’t this clash with Law 5’s incitement to guard your reputation with your life? This Law presents us with an array of bizarre stories and emotional sticking-points, ranging from exotic dancers of dubious backgrounds, hiring terrible musicians to build your business, to Jon’s inability to keep a consistent opinion on just about anything… and why that might be a good thing. We also dig into:

  • Why it’s better to be known, even if people don’t like you
  • Blow your own trumpet, because no one’s going to blow it for you
  • What’s the right kind of attention to court?
  • If you don’t have a reputation, then publicity of any kind can work for you
  • Consider Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and the Kardashians – what image/character are you trying to play?
  • Why burning bright is something you cultivate, not something you’re born with
  • How trolling yourself can reinvigorate your work
  • The power of charisma and how to pressure-flip a negative situation
  • Why you have to retain an air of mystery, or everything is lost
  • The danger of letting mysteriousness turn into a reputation for deceit

Mentioned in the Episode:

  • Gordon Ramsay and the ‘Idiot Sandwich
  • Dan Peña on how Donald Trump will ‘rock the world’
  • Check out Dre’s self-consciousness busting performance at a bodybuilding contest!
  • The amazing ‘Wrestling isn’t Wrestling‘ video – if you don’t ‘get’ WWE, watch this
  • The moment when The Rock was born
  • Thomas Pynchon’s [easyazon_link identifier=”0143039946″ locale=”US” tag=”vointhda-20″]Gravity’s Rainbow[/easyazon_link]
  • Donna Tartt’s [easyazon_link identifier=”1400031702″ locale=”US” tag=”vointhda-20″]The Secret History[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link identifier=”1400031699″ locale=”US” tag=”vointhda-20″]The Little Friend[/easyazon_link], and [easyazon_link identifier=”0316055441″ locale=”US” tag=”vointhda-20″]The Goldfinch[/easyazon_link]
  • Eminem’s movie [easyazon_link identifier=”B002Q2JPOW” locale=”US” tag=”vointhda-20″]8 Mile[/easyazon_link], and the final rap battle


Join us as we continue our exploration of Robert Greene’s provocative and compelling study of The 48 Laws of Power, in which he lays bare the history, practice, psychology, and philosophies of power that ultimately shape all human relations. Often seen as a handbook for the ‘modern Machiavelli’, we take a closer look, beyond the hyperbole, and discuss how understanding and implementing these Laws can actually enrich your life personally, professionally and spiritually.

Jon and Dre aim to get to the heart of each of the Laws, grapple with their sometimes disturbingly amoral nature, and discuss what the Laws mean in everyday life (often revealing their own experiences – good and bad – when they’ve either observed or transgressed them).

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48 Laws of Power T-Shirts

Each of these original T-Shirts includes an elegantly presented quotation illustrating the Law.

Law 6: Every crowd has a silver lining‘ – P.T. Barnum (1810-1891)

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