6 Laws to Understand Human Nature – The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

6 Laws to Understand Human Nature – The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

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Never outshine the master. What do most people
do? They try to impress their master as much as they can. And you want to communicate that
your competent, but you want to know your threshold. If you’re a 20-year-old guy and
you’re working under a 40-year-old guy, you’re much smarter and more competent than he is,
guess what? Do not communicate that. As soon as you communicate that, what is the person
going to do? He is going to get insecure and get rid of you, because you’re going to be
substituting him. This is a mistake that people make all the time. Display your competence
but make sure you know what your threshold is. Never outshine the master. Win through
your actions, never through argument. Michelangelo had just finished a perfect sculpture. Soderini,
an arrogant man, walked in, he looks at the sculpture and he says, “Well, the nose is
a little too big.” Now Michelangelo knew that it was the perspective from which Soderini
was looking at the sculpture that the nose looked too big from, but did he say anything?
Of course not! He said, “Very well.” He picked up a tool and he secretly picked up some of
the dust that had been laying there from previous work. He went to the nose, and he started
hitting the nose. Of course he wasn’t changing anything, but at the same time, he let some
of the dust fall. While Michelangelo was doing this, he said, “Hey, go look at it from there.
See if you like it now.” Soderini went over there, looked at the sculpture and said the
nose looked perfect now. Of course, Michelangelo kept his wages and kept his reputation as
an artist, and didn’t get destroyed by an arrogant man. Again, win through your actions,
never through argument. Law 10: Infection! Avoid the unhappy and unlucky. If your friends
introduce negativity into your life all the time, guess what, cut them out. If they’re
getting arrested all the time, guess what, cut them out. This is the number one principle
probably of power, success, and just creating an extraordinary life in general. Law 13:
When asking for help, appeal to people’s self-interest, never to their mercy or gratitude. I had a
friend who I’d drive around all the time when he needed it. He would run out of money, and
I would just loan him money and never even get it back. Wouldn’t even ask for it. I remember
one time being stuck in a really bad situation, and I called him and I said, “Hey, can you
please come get me?” He gave me that two seconds of hesitation, and he was about to start an
excuse. And of course, I remembered the law and I said, “Okay, I gotta switch this around,”
and I said, “And actually I have some extra money.” Like, what is extra money? But I said,
“I have some extra money, and, you know, if you come pick me up, we can use it to fill
up your tank. And on the way back, we can stop and eat and I’ll pay for that too.” And
in two seconds he said, “Okay, I’m coming.” Again, Law 13: When asking for help, most
of the time you’ll have to appeal to people’s self-interest instead of their mercy or gratitude.
Law 16: Use absence to increase respect and honor. A lot of young guys come to me and
they say, “Well, my parents don’t respect me at all. They tell me what I’m going to
be, they tell me what my hobbies are going to be, they tell me who my friends are going
to be, they tell me who my girlfriend is going to be.” And again, why is that? It’s because
of a very well-known economic principle of scarcity. You’re spending 24 hours a day with
your parents, they’re the ones feeding you, they’re going to dictate that. Now, what’s
the harder but the better version of it? Become independent. Once you’re independent, and
again, we’re creatures of habit, so what are we going to do? We’re going to resist that.
But if you become independent, guess what? You’re working on a lot of stuff now. You’re
chasing your purpose, whatever that is. You don’t have much time for other things. Well,
a month passes and your mommy starts to miss you. She calls you and says, “Hey, how are
you?” And she’s going to be a lot more understanding now. Again, as soon as she starts to introduce
that negativity, you say, “Well, you know what, I’m sorry. I don’t have time. I gotta
go work on this.” And guess what? Over time, she’s going to be conditioned to it where
when she calls you, she’s not going to be introducing any of that negativity. And if
she does, you’ll be cutting it out. Use the economic principle of scarcity to increase
your respect and honor. Law 38: Think as you like, but behave like others. It’s funny if
you take a look at the United States Congress. 535 people, very powerful, and not a single
one of them an atheist. Now, you don’t have to be a statistical genius to know that that’s
pretty much impossible. But again, why is that? Because they know the power of law 38:
Think as you like but behave like others.

100 thoughts on “6 Laws to Understand Human Nature – The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

  • FightMediocrity Post author

    Get the book: http://amzn.to/1PUbMXD

  • Forbidden Knowledge Post author

    I actually bought this book because of your video.

  • Marco Polo Post author

    The music didnt really go with it lol. I have the book though and have been studying it over a year now. Ill continue to go over it again and again until I master every part I can.

  • ron roca Post author

    Another great one!

  • HM Post author

    I didn't quite agree with #13 — if you are going to spend all that money why not just call a cab? Am I missing the point you are trying to get across…

  • Yes Sir Post author

    hey I read this book on amazon it's called spiritual heart transplant by undefeated it's a great book changed the course of my life

  • Vito N Post author


  • P P Post author

    Behave like others. aka be a sheep. Most great philosophers and scientist were exiled for their thoughts throughout history. Without these brave individuals we would still be thinking the world is flat and ghosts/gods determine every facet of our lives.

  • Anant Malaviya Post author

    What tools are used to make such video sketchs?

  • فواز الظفيري Post author

    No #16 : I don't have time !? From who ? Your mother !! She had 9 months of time carrying you around , feeding caring cleaning raising you , and now you're a big boy and you don't have time , your mother then your mother then your mother then your father then you , this is the real key for success

  • sum gal Post author

    why is number nine second?

  • Dina tahoun Post author

    Please continue the rest of the laws , thank you in advance , Love your videos 🙂

  • Haphazard Property Post author

    Give us the music, man !!

  • Jose Gonzalez Post author

    Awesome channel man I've been watching your videos all day, keep doing your thing

  • Burn Babylon Post author

    your channel is pure fire men!!

  • SoundBias Post author

    I was gonna right and ask if you read this and boom here it is

  • Panagiotis KRok Post author

    even if i try hard i couldn t behave like others do
    i don t like Hypocricy
    i m not a politician

  • Gabe Saenz Post author

    All of your vids are really good, tons of info & short bursts! 🙂

  • Intan Sunarmi Post author

    Gee! It's so true. Well, I had to learn the hard way to know this, obviously.

  • sageejumanjee Post author

    This is for.those that want to rule. this is covert and manipulative . selfish and misleading. we are to build a better world with this? no wonder usa is so hypocritical look what they teach in officer school. plus. these books art of war and 48 laws of power are banned in prison. we're all the black men are. I get it.

  • Doapsique Gaming Post author

    I obsessed with Greene's work but sometimes his explanations can be a bit vague. I'm sure you've gotten this request before but it would be awsome if you could break down every law. I might even be willing to pay.

  • chris96co Post author

    I love this channel

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  • Uku Langebraun Post author

    That Nokia 3310 =)

  • tentimetex Post author

    People who read this book think that they are special because now they have an advantage over other people. the thing that they dont understand is that because the book is a best seller, its no-longer an advantage to know this stuff, because now everyone else knows it too. Information like this is only useful if its secret. even by doing a video explaining everything, youre giving the information away so that its no longer useful.

  • JM S Post author

    I wouldn't buy the book. From what I have seen so far, it's about how to put your own success before everything or everyone else (e.g. #10: Don't try to help the needy; #38 do what the herd does > don't come up with creative ideas?; etc.). On the other hand, these certainly are practical arguments depending on what you want to achieve.

  • Pete Renzo Rockz Post author

    Be Independent 😛

  • mataiand Post author

    hey there, I love your videos a LOT, but can I have a feedback here?
    Just avoid that silly female voice your doing… it's just not cool 🙂
    no offense at all, just hope to give you some improval hints 😉

  • Joseph Stovall Post author


  • Raoul Duke Post author

    I've bought so many books because of you, thanks man

  • pidouble145 Post author

    please turn off the background music

  • mjp152 Post author

    love the content, structure and style of your videos, but please reconsider that background music – that euro trance thing is so distracting

  • Simply Awesome vlogs Post author

    that's awesome!

  • Joey Scanga Post author

    there's 538 people in congress dummy

  • DRACULA Post author

    what's the background music?

  • 97epicman Post author

    No. 13 is something that really bugs me, I have a friend who I pay for all the time, I always buy his lunches, buy him coffee, pay for his fuel, etc, etc. I once left my wallet at home so when I realized I asked him if he could lend me one pound for just a small lunch, but he wouldn't, why is the average person so selfish. Well atleast I've learnt how to deal with the situation now, thanks for these videos they're great. A really good way to get lots of great information in a shorter amount of time, the way you explain the concepts is very clear and easy to understand and take in

  • Ray Low Peng Hoe Post author

    how would that make up 48??

  • FANTASTIC PALM Post author

    pls were can i download all this books

  • Archit Umrao Post author

    What is the music you use?

  • Sukhwinder singh Post author

    please make review 50th by Robert Greene

  • EverythingCounts Post author

    I feel like so many of the laws contradict themselves

  • nico Post author

    this seems like the road to lonely success.

  • Selangor Maju Post author

    Flat earth rocks

  • Billy Brooker Post author

    Nice video

  • Siddhartha RC Post author

    no. 38 bugs me. we may think as we like, but why behave like others?

  • h h Post author

    well done bro!

  • Archit Umrao Post author

    @Rajat Rawat

  • Raul Post author

    you realize how many bright minds you just opened !!! it's incredible !!!

  • Ramirez Painting Service Post author

    I remember reading that book when I was young. Man such a great book

  • Trond Tetland Post author

    Try increasing the volume of the Music at the end gradually and not instantly

  • Patrick Nunziata Post author

    Law 13, you should have cited his debt to you and offer to waive it if he came to pick you up. Collect.

  • Mohammad Alabbassy Post author

    I liked the "cut them off " part , it is really important where , a lot of people ignore that because they say : " how will i get new friends then " , which is completely wrong , i tried this method and IT WORKED for me. dont be afraid to cut off the losers in your life, and start fresh new. Good luck everyone

  • Joseph Bristol Post author

    awesome videos. 48 laws are tough but definitely work. I'm trying to take your advice from other videos and apply them to my life

  • Erik Carter Post author

    this channel seems overrated

  • Ricardas Bauza Post author

    Yep I am getting this one through your provided link.


    i don't like it it s just seems really evil to me

  • Peter Nolan Post author

    The Earth is flat.

  • Oh Kay Post author

    Does anyone have any advice for  "#16. Use absence to increase respect and honor."
    My Asian parent are very domineering and will stop at nothing to control my entire life, so how do I appear "scarce" if they won't even let me do my own thing?!?

  • 44lch Post author

    This is not 48 laws!!!!

  • Kristiina Gutor Post author

    Music does not fit at all to the speed of voice over, tempo of the editing and topic in general.

  • koddij k Post author

    How can I create my presentation? I need help

  • Levon Leong Post author

    Hi FightMediocrity, which software or website that you used to produce your video? I would like to produce some video like yours for my students.

  • GeFlixes Post author

    3:25 There was an extension to this rule, as well:
    There are people that behave 'mercyful' and 'altruistic'. Make their help as public as possible, that's their ultirior motive.
    Those are the people that donate money to have their name put on the donation wall and be praised by the mayor for their contribution.
    Know to which side to appeal. If possible, dangle both possibilities in front of them.

  • Mitja Dolinsek Post author

    Great video!

  • Gusti Alfianur Post author

    I hope I can subscribed you twice

  • Jake Daurham Post author

    Wether or not these rules may sound uncomfortable or unsettling, it's about being able to work with the way other people function. Not everyone is a saint and wants what's best for you.
    Sometimes, you have be smarter in the situation and how the enemy thinks, to come out on top. If you have a jealous boss, don't fight it. Just be smarter.
    Intelligence is key to success.

  • Karl Lentz Post author

    YouTube 'i': Karl Lentz , @00:35 'i' believe you are in error 'i' am in my fifties and a master, 'i' pray for the day a younger man teaches 'i' something more than 'i' know, so when 'i' move on my work will continue

  • Джинзó Аркайдия Post author

    #1 Is what I need to evaluate. So often I put up effort and display my competence as a volunteer because I really love to stay at the department where I am volunteering and put a good word to my supervisor and on my resume, but that just makes people who work there in shackles (for a lack of a better word). I will have to put out that vibe and make the law work for a relaxing environment.

  • Karl Lentz Post author

    @1:56 etymology of the word argue: to make clear, to shine through, to polish, to let the light come forth, so please "argue" BUT within a proper manner.. YouTube my name 🙂

  • k Post author

    "Laws of Power" – 'Wow this book has some really dark rules'….

  • Rafael Post author

    So power is paying your friends for favors and getting your mom to miss you?

  • HEMPDINI 710 Post author

    Earth is flat

  • waito tsui Post author

    went to part 2 before liking the video, come to like it
    good work 🙂

  • Mr. Harambre Post author

    illacertus much

  • A S Post author

    I signed up to youtube just so I could subscribe to this guy. So much value

  • Bag of Beans Post author

    You have no idea what youre talking about you fucker

  • Smuth Creemnl Post author

    Law 13: A favor will kill you faster than a bullet….. Buy it…..

  • Rasmus Seneberg Post author

    Have you thought about publishing your animations as a poster ?

  • Iker Garcia Post author

    Behave like others = bullshit

  • Courtney2020 Post author


  • Derrell Morris Post author

    the gangstas bible you know how many inmates and convicts have this boom

  • Talles Gabriel Post author

    Cool stuff!

  • GenericHandle01 Post author

    While I do not personally agree with the exact outline of each of these rules, there is definitely wisdom to be gained from study and contemplation of these Topics. Thank you for taking the time to make this excerpt.

  • Order Post author

    The book explains a psychopatic existence in a power driven hierarchy which I find repulsive.I am a proponent of the competence hierarchy and the alignment of thaughts and actions.I believe it is a much better way to live life and it's not forcing your hand to fake an entire personality.The interpretation in the video is better though.

  • ozymandiaz Post author

    a bunch of laws for a bullshit people.

  • Yaßine Post author

    sorry but it seems they are 48 laws just for looking more powerful

  • Lilly Kamau Post author

    I love this. It's very helpful, thank you.

  • Liv Royale Post author

    Okay I need to get this Book!

  • Instawise Post author

    Well done. Waiting for more #instawise

  • just random Post author

    3:55 I'm not spending 24h/day with my parents. Are you? (addressing the author of this video and then going away…)

  • Zyrant3 Post author

    So you want us to become narcissists? Fuck you

  • Inspirofreak by Jana du Toit Post author

    Watched by #Inspirofreak

  • Paul Henry Post author

    One might not agree with all the " idea's", but everyone might improve their lot by picking up on a few of the ideas and at least trying them. What's to lose?

  • Rahul Mukhiya Post author

    Soundtrack at the end is: High kick motivation by Chin Chu Lin

  • Esra Sapar Post author

    Change this annoying background music.

  • CLASHING • WITH • NIJL Post author

    Perfection? Achieved!!

  • Audel Salazar Post author

    Explanation of some of the 48 Laws of Power and how/why/when to actually use them:
    1. Never outshine the master – only outshine the master once you've outgrown them but always respect them for what they taught you
    9. Win through your actions, never through argument – talk is cheap, prove it, classic "actions speak louder than words"
    10. Infection! Avoid unhappy and unlucky people – these people will hold you back and infect you with their unhappiness and unluckiness, cut them loose ASAP
    13. When asking for help, appeal to people's self-interest, never to their mercy or gratitude – this law applies to selfish/self-centered people
    16. Use absence to increase respect and honor – value your time and make yourself scarce and independent around those who take you for granted
    38. Think as you like, but behave like others – useful for manipulation and getting ahead when you are the only person in a group with a different point of view

  • Mind Flood Post author

    You’ve got my respect!

  • Hablo Post author

    I feel like Dwight form The Office read that book.

  • allovdem Post author

    Some terrible, proper Beta advice here folks. Pay no attention and move on.

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