how to win an argument(48 laws of power) – law 9

how to win an argument(48 laws of power) – law 9

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You’ve heard the old adage, “Actions speak
louder than words.” Actions and demonstrations are much more powerful than any rhetoric that
one can spew out his mouth.There are no offensive words, no possibility of misinterpretation.
No one can argue with a demonstrated proof.” Law 9: Win Through Your Actions – Never Through
Argument Any momentary triumph you think you have gained
through argument is really a Pyrrhic victory: The resentment and ill will you stir up is
stronger and lasts longer than any momentary change of opinion. It is much more powerful
to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word. Demonstrate,
do not explicate. arguing with superiors in 131 BC, Roman consul Mucianus layed siege
to the Greek town of Pergamus and found himself in need of a battering ram. He sent for the military
engineer in Athens requesting a large ship mast to be sent to him immediately. The  engineer did not agree with the use
of a large mast and argued endlessly with the soldiers that a smaller mast for the
battering ram was more suited.The soldiers warned him that Mucianus was not a man to
argue with. the engineer  insisted the smaller mast would be the only one that would work. When the smaller mast arrived Mucianus demanded
an explanation. The soldiers described how the engineer argued endlessly for the smaller
mast. Mucianus went into a rage. He could no longer concentrate on the siege. All he
could think about was the impudent engineer, whom he ordered to be brought to him immediately. when the engineer arrived he happily explained
to the consul the reasons for the smaller mast. He went on and on, using the same arguments
he had made with the soldiers. He said it was wise to ‘listen to experts in these
matters’ — Mucianus let him finish, then had him stripped naked before the soldiers
and flogged and scourged with rods until he died. The engineer disobeyed Law 1: Never Outshine
The Master. He was adamant that his idea and opinion was the best — trying to
argue incessantly about how you are right and they are wrong undermines a leaders intelligence
and ego. the arguer does not understand that words are never neutral and that by arguing with a superior he impugns the intelligence of one more powerful than he we all believe we are masters in the realm
of opinion and reasoning, but you must be careful: learn to demonstrate the corectness of your
ideas indirectly observance of the law in 1596. Brunelleschi was busy repairing the dome
of the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence. The city hired a second man, Lorenzo
Ghiberti to work with him. Brunelleschi was not happy with this, he knew Ghiberti was
an amatuer and would do none of the work but get half the credit. At a critical moment of the construction, Brunelleschi
suddenly developed a mysterious ‘illness’, he had to stop the work on the cathedral.
Brunelleschi reassured the city officials they’ll do fine with Ghiberti finishing
the job. It soon became very clear that Ghiberti was useless and They fired him. By some miracle,
Brunelleschi recovered in days. reversal verbal argument has one vital use in the realm
of power: to distract and cover your tracks when you are practising deception or are caught
in a lie, in such cases it is to your advantage to argue with all you can muster. draw the
other person into an argument to distract them from your deceptive move. the more emotional and certain you appear the less likely it seems that you are
lying. The problem with trying to prove a point or gain a victory
through argument is that in the end you can never be certain how it affects the people you’re
arguing with: They may appear to agree with you politely, but inside they may resent you
or perhaps something you said inadvertently even offended them- words have that insidious
ability to be interpreted according to the other persons mood and insecurities. such is the double power of winning through
actions rather than argument: no one is offended and your point is proven.

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