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How To Catch A Fish

Law 39: Stir Up Waters To Catch Fish

Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive. You must always stay calm and objective. But if you can make your enemies angry while staying calm yourself, you gain a decided advantage. Put your enemies off-balance: Find the chink in their vanity through which you can rattle them and you hold the strings.

Key To Power

Angry people usually end up looking ridiculous, for their response seems out of proportion to what occasioned it. They have taken things too seriously, exaggerating the hurt or insult that has been done to them. They are so sensitive to slight that it becomes comical how much they take personally. More comical still is their belief that their outbursts signify power. The truth is the opposite: Petulance is not power, it is a sign of helplessness. People may temporarily be cowed by your tantrums, but in the end they lose respect for you. They also realize they can easily undermine a person with so little self-control.

The answer, however, is not to repress our angry or emotional responses. For repression drains us of energy and pushes us into strange behavior. Instead we have to change our perspective: We have to realize that nothing in the social realm, and in the game of power, is personal.

This shift of perspective will let you play the game of power with more clarity and energy. Instead of overreacting, and becoming ensnared in people's emotions, you will turn their loss of control to your advantage: You keep your head while they are losing theirs.

Image: The Pond of Fish. The waters are clear and calm, and the fish are well below the surface. Stir the waters and they emerge. Stir it some more and they get angry, rising to the surface, biting whatever comes near; including a freshly baited hook.

Authority: If your opponent is of a hot temper, try to irritate him. If he is arrogant, try to encourage his egotism....One who is skilled at making the enemy move does so by creating a situation according to which the enemy will act; he entices the enemy with something he is certain to take. He keeps the enemy on the move by holding out bait and then attacks him with picked troops. (Sun-tzu, fourth century B.C.)

A sovereign fish should never launch an army out of anger, a leader should never start a war out of wrath.

Wisdom in a nutshell:

Anger and emotion are strategically unproductive. Make your enemies angry but stay calm yourself.

Angry people usually end up looking ridiculous.

Nothing in the game of power is personal.

48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

1. Never Outshine the Master
2. Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies
3. Conceal you Intentions
4. Always Say Less than Necessary
5. So Much Depends on Reputation - Guard it with you Life
6. Court Attention at all Cost
7. Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit
8. Make other People com to you - use Bait if Necessary
9. Win through you Actions, Never through Argument
10.Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky
11.Learn to Keep People Dependent of You
12.Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm your Victim
13.When Asking for Help, Appeal to Self-interest
14.Pose as a Friend, Work as a spy
15.Crush your Enemy Totally
16.Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor
17.Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate Unpredictability
18.Don't Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself-Isolation is Dangerous
19.Know Who You're Dealing with-Do Not Offend the Wrong Person
20.Do Not Commit to Anyone
21.Play a Sucker - Seem Dumber than your Mark
22.Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power
23.Concentrate Your Forces
24.Play the Perfect Courtier
25.Re-Create Yourself
26.Keep Your Hands Clean
27.Play on People's Need to Believe to Create Cult-like Following
28.Enter Action with Boldness
29.Plan All the Way to the End
30.Make your Accomplishments Seem Effortless
31.Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards you Deal
32.Play to People's Fantasies
33.Discover Each Man's Thumbscrew
34.Be Royal: Act like a King to be treated like one
35.Master the Art of Timing
36.Disdain Things you can't have: Ignoring them is best Revenge
37.Create Compelling Spectacles
38.Think as you like but Behave like others
39.Stir up Waters to Catch Fish
40.Despise the Free Lunch
41.Avoid Stepping into a Great Man's Shoes
42.Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter
43.Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others
44.Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect
45.Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform too much at Once
46.Never appear too Perfect
47.Don't go Past the Mark you Aim for;In Victory, Learn when to Stop
48.Assume Formlessness


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