One of the most controversial Laws in the book, this one makes people very squeamish, evoking the same kind of moralising outrage that so often faces Machiavelli’s The Prince. But all is not quite as it seems, as Jon and Dre reveal: this Law is ultimately about self-worth, escaping The Matrix, teamwork, knowing when to give as well as to take the praise, depending how far along the road to power you are… Are you ready?
This Episode includes:
- Why craving the credit can actually be a very bad idea if you want to follow this Law
- Overcoming your ego to make use of others’ expertise
- When to take, but also when to give the credit away
- Breaking the informal rules to your advantage will ultimately define the norms
- Nikola Tesla as cautionary tale rather than heroic martyr
- Are we being mind-controlled by Hollywood and the media to crave official approval?
- How the book and its creation itself exemplifies this Law
- Don’t assume anyone’s interested in the source of your knowledge or achievements
- Google it… and deny everything
- Originality is not automatically the same as creativity
- Why humanity is actually a dwarf pyramid
- Is your power diminished if other people are inspired by you?
- The blurry lines between plagiarism, giving thanks, and appearing weak
- Be the conductor and reap the praise without anyone considering you a credit thief
- How Apple has observed the Law by stealing the idea of outstanding customer service
- How to take a compliment and why it’s important to be able to
Mentioned in the Episode:
- Our coolly cutting t-shirts, Misanthrotees!
- Some of Michael Schumacher’s most controversial moments in the pursuit of victory.
- Ryan Holiday’s excellent and mind-changing books, [easyazon_link identifier=”1591846358″ locale=”US” tag=”vointhda-20″]The Obstacle is the Way[/easyazon_link] and [easyazon_link identifier=”1591847818″ locale=”US” tag=”vointhda-20″]Ego is the Enemy[/easyazon_link].
- Disney does Hamlet, aka [easyazon_link identifier=”B005XBKXV2″ locale=”US” tag=”vointhda-20″]The Lion King[/easyazon_link]
- The ‘Blurred Lines’ vs Marvin Gaye plagiarism case
- The two books on Stalin’s secret police written at the same time: [easyazon_link identifier=”0300149255″ locale=”US” tag=”vointhda-20″]Policing Stalin’s Socialism[/easyazon_link] and [easyazon_link identifier=”0801891825″ locale=”US” tag=”vointhda-20″]Stalin’s Police[/easyazon_link]
- Dre was right to attribute this cool quote to Pablo Picasso: ‘Good artists copy; great artists steal’.
- The Bismarck quote (‘Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others’ experience’) is on our snazzy T-Shirt for this episode – check it out below!
- Jon’s series of personal Ayahuasca vlogs, from depression to meeting Mother Ayahuasca in the Amazon
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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Each of these original T-Shirts includes an elegantly presented quotation illustrating the Law.
Law 7: ‘Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others’ experience’ – Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898)
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Do you often pine that you don’t credit for all the hard work you do?