The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 8

Law Eight: Make Other People Come to You - Use Bait If Necessary


A person needs to find a way of making the other party do the job. Through the process, the person will have the opportunity to exert some form of control (Greene 62). An individual also needs to identify a bait which he needs to use to enable the opponent to abandon his issues and come to him. The opponent needs to be lured with some of the benefits that he is likely to obtain. A person, thus, needs to attack once the opponent has come close. An example is provided of Emperor Napoleon. Although he had been exiled to the island of Elba, near Italy, people were still scared of him and, thus had to make a Congress in Vienna in 1814 to discuss him (Greene 63). The nations were also interested in Talleyard, a former foreign minister of Napoleon. They believed he knew something they did not. Thus, Napoleon was able to use Talleyard against them in making them continue to fear him.

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