The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 30

Law Thirty: Make Your Accomplishments Seem Effortless


By a person making the achievements made in a given activity seem effortless, he has a chance of attracting a lot of power from the people who look up to him (Greene 245). People are also likely to believe that the person would have done much better, had he applied the maximum effort while engaging in the given activity. A story is told of a host in Japan who had organized a tea ceremony for Rikyu and his host. Rikyu had viewed that since the host had a beautiful gate, he would not experience a problem with preparing the tea ceremony (Greene 246). However, the host was seen going to a lemon tree at night. Rikyu, therefore, realized that organizing for the tea festival was not an easy affair as had been expected.

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