The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 7

Law Seven: Get Others to Do the Work for You, but Always Take the Credit


A person needs to apply the knowledge, legwork, and wisdom of other people to meet his objectives. The assistance offered by such people has a chance of saving the energy and time that the person might have had used (Greene 56). The person may also appear to others to be more efficient and effective, owing to the increased speed levels that he is likely to have the job completed. The people who did the actual job are likely to be forgotten, and the owner of the job will be well remembered. An instance is given of Nikola Tesla, who was a personal friend to Thomas Edison. Edison hired Tesla to work on the invention he was interested in (Greene 57). In the discovery of electricity, the name Thomas Edison is more mentioned compared to that of Tesla.

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