The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 1

Law One: Dealing: Never Outshine the Master


In the first law, Robert Greene advises that people should allow those who are above them to feel powerful and superior. Thus, in the process of impressing the leader, a person should not go far to display his talents (Greene 13). Doing so might achieve the opposite. It has a chance to inspire the leader to have fear and develop some form of insecurity. A person, therefore, needs to make his master seem more brilliant than they are. It is through the process that the individual may manage to attain the apex of power. An instance of where the law was applied is when Nicholas Fouquet organized a spectacular party for Louis XIV (Greene 2). He aimed to pay tribute to the king. In the process, the king was impressed and retained a close tie with Fouquet.

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