The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 45

Law Forty-Five: Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform Too Much at Once


All people understand that it is important for change to happen. However, they are less willing to adopt change as a day-to-day habit. Where change is adopted too much in an entity, it bears a chance of drawing some level of revolt among individuals involved (Greene 392). Where change is deemed necessary, it needs to be adopted in small steps, as a form of subtle improvement to how things have been done in the past. In 1520, Henry VII the king of England wanted to divorce his wife, but the Pope and his ministers rejected the idea. The King got the support of Thomas Cromwell who was one of his cabinet members. He further suggested the formation of the English church and with the king as the head.  Cromwell made many reforms that landed him into problems (Greene 393). He was aware the making many changes at once will cause pain, but people will get over them with time. It is the same reforms he made that consumed him and ruined his relationship with King Henry the VII.

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