The Daily Laws: 366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature

The Daily Laws: 366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature

by Robert Greene
The Daily Laws: 366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature

The Daily Laws: 366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature

by Robert Greene


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The wisdom of Robert Greene, distilled into daily lessons and activations. This is the perfect entry point for those new to Greene and a wonderful overview for his many longtime fans.

From the world’s foremost expert on power and strategy, the New York Times bestselling daily devotional designed to help you seize your destiny.

Robert Greene, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, has been the consigliere to millions for more than two decades. Now, with entries that are drawn from his five books, plus never-before-published works, The Daily Laws offers a page of refined and concise wisdom for each day of the year, in an easy-to-digest lesson that will only take a few minutes to absorb. Each day features a Daily Law as well—a prescription that readers cannot afford to ignore in the battle of life. Each month centers around a major theme: power, seduction, persuasion, strategy, human nature, toxic people, self-control, mastery, psychology, leadership, adversity, or creativity.

Who doesn’t want to be more powerful? More in control? The best at what they do? The secret: Read this book every day.

“Daily study,” Leo Tolstoy wrote in 1884, is “necessary for all people.” More than just an introduction for new fans, this book is a Rosetta stone for internalizing the many lessons that fill Greene’s books and will reward a lifetime of reading and rereading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593299234
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2023
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 6,520
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Robert Greene, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Laws of Human Nature, The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction, The 50th Law (with 50 Cent), and Mastery, is an internationally renowned expert on power strategies. He lives in Los Angeles.

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January 4th It Is Already Within You

Sooner or later something seems to call us onto a particular path.

You may remember this something as a signal calling in childhood when an urge out of nowhere, a fascination, a peculiar turn of events struck like an annunciation: This is what I must do, this is what I've got to have. This is who I am. —James Hillman

As you become more sophisticated, you often lose touch with these signals from your primal core. They can be buried beneath all of the other subjects you have studied. Your power and future can depend on reconnecting with this core and returning to your origins. You must dig for signs of such inclinations in your earliest years. Look for its traces in visceral reactions to something simple; a desire to repeat an activity that you never tired of; a subject that stimulated an unusual degree of curiosity; feelings of power attached to particular actions. It is already there within you. You have nothing to create; you merely need to dig and refine what has been buried inside of you all along. If you reconnect with this core at any age, some element of that primitive attraction will spark back to life, indicating a path that can ultimately become your Life's Task.

Daily Law: Ask someone who recalls your childhood what they remember about your interests. Get reacquainted with those early passions. (Mastery, I: Discover Your Calling-The Life's Task)

April 30th – Never Appear Too Perfect

It takes great talent and skill to conceal one’s talent and skill. —François De La Rochefoucauld
Sir Walter Raleigh was one of the most brilliant men at the court of Queen Elizabeth of England. He had skills as a scientist, wrote poetry still recognized as among the most beautiful writing of the time, was a proven leader of men, an enterprising entrepreneur, a great sea captain, and on top of all this was a handsome, dashing courtier charmed his way into becoming one of the queen’s favorites. Wherever he went, however, people blocked his path. Eventually he suffered a terrific fall from grace, leading even to prison and finally the executioner’s axe. Raleigh could not understand the stubborn opposition he faced from the other courtiers. He did not see that he had not only made no attempt to disguise the degree of his skills and qualities, but he had imposed them on one and all, making a show of his versatility, thinking it impressed people and won him friends. In fact it made him silent enemies, people who felt inferior to him and did all they could to ruin him the moment he tripped up or made the slightest mistake. In the end, the reason he was executed was treason, but envy will use any cover it finds to mask its destructiveness.
Daily Law: Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses. Envy creates silent enemies. Defuse it by occasionally downplaying your virtues. (The 48 Laws of Power, Law 46: Never Appear Too Perfect)

June 19th – Make Others Come To You

Filippo Brunelleschi, the great Renaissance artist and architect, was a great practitioner of the art of making others come to him as a sign of his power. On one occasion he had been engaged to repair the dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence. The commission was important and prestigious. But when the city officials hired a second man, Lorenzo Ghiberti, to work with Brunelleschi, the great artist brooded in secret. He knew that Ghiberti had gotten the job through his connections, and that he would do none of the work and get half the credit. At a critical moment of the construction, then, Brunelleschi suddenly developed a mysterious illness. He had to stop work, but pointed out to city officials that they had hired Ghiberti, who should have been able to continue the work on his own. Soon it became clear that Ghiberti was useless and the officials came begging to Brunelleschi. He ignored them, insisting that Ghiberti should finish the project, until finally they realized the problem: they fired Ghiberti. By some miracle, Brunelleschi recovered within days. He did not have to throw a tantrum or make a fool of himself; he simply practiced the art of making others come to you.

Daily Law: If on one occasion you make it a point of dignity that others must come to you and you succeed, they will continue to do so even after you stop trying.  (The 48 Laws of Power, Law 8: Make Other People Come to You—Use Bait if Necessary)

October 11 – Beware the Fragile Ego

Of all the human emotions, none is uglier or more elusive than envy, the sensation that others have more of what we want— possessions, attention, respect. We deserve to have as much as they do yet feel somewhat helpless to get such things. But paradoxically, envy entails the admission to ourselves that we are inferior to another person in something we value. Not only is it painful to admit this inferiority, but it is even worse for others to see that we are feeling this. And so almost as soon as we feel the initial pangs of envy, we are motivated to disguise it to ourselves—it is not envy we feel but unfairness at the distribution of goods or attention, resentment at this unfairness, even anger. The underlying sense of inferiority is too strong, leading to hostility that cannot be vented by a comment or put-down. Sitting with one’s envy over a long period of time can be painful and frustrating. Feeling righteous indignation against the envied person, however, can be invigorating. Acting on envy, doing something to harm the other person, brings satisfaction, although the satisfaction is short lived because enviers always find something new to envy.

Daily Law: Envy is perhaps the ugliest human emotion. Destroy it before it destroys you. Develop your sense of self- worth from internal standards and not incessant comparisons. (The Laws of Human Nature, 10: Beware the Fragile Ego—The Law of Envy)

December 1st – The Infinite and the Awesome
“Whereas all the other animals have their heads low, eyes fixed upon the ground, the gods desired to give to man a sublime face, a face that could raise its eyes to the heavens above, contemplating  the very stars in the sky.” —Ovid
We can define the Cosmic Sublime in the following way: it is an encounter with any physical object that embodies or implies a sense of the infinite,  in  space  or  time.  In  the  ancient  world,  our  ancestors  understood  this  deep  human  need.  In  cultures  all  around  the  world,  they  created  rituals, often rites of initiation, that triggered an awareness of the magnificent  forces  that  transcend  the  human.  Shamans  or  wise  elders  often  served as guides. In our culture we do not easily find such guides or accepted means for encountering the Cosmic Sublime. In fact, we find the opposite: the media that dominates our minds gluts us on trivia and the exaggerated  dramas  of  the  moment.  If  we  seek  the  expansion  that  will  pull us out of our mental ruts, we are largely on our own. Fortunately, however, this is not as difficult as we might imagine: we are surrounded by embodiments of the infinite and the awesome. The infinite comes in many  forms—silence, seemingly endless horizons, blank spaces, et cetera. What matters is our level of attunement to these places—our desire to expand and transcend our usual limits, and our willingness to let go of any  distractions  and  open  ourselves  to  the  elements.  We  are  after  an   experience—not  more  talk.
Daily Law: Pull your mind away from the dramas of the moment and seek the expansion. (Law of the Sublime, 1: Expand the Mind to Its Furthest Reaches—The Cosmic Sublime)

Table of Contents

Preface 1

January Your Life's Task: Planting the Seeds for Mastery 7

February The Ideal Apprenticeship: Transforming Yourself 45

March The Master at Work: Activating Skills and Attaining Mastery 81

April The Perfect Courtier: Playing the Game of Power 117

May The Supposed Nonplayers of Power: Recognizing Toxic Types and Disguised Power Strategies 153

June The Divine Craft: Mastering the Arts of Indirection and Manipulation 193

July The Seductive Character: Penetrating Hearts and Minds 229

August The Master Persuader: Softening People's Resistance 265

September The Grand Strategist: Rising Out of Tactical Hell 303

October The Emotional Self Coming to Terms with Our Dark Side 341

November The Rational Human: Realizing Your Higher Self 381

December The Cosmic Sublime: Expanding the Mind to Its Furthest Reaches 417

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