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Law 23: Concentrate Your Forces

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Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point. You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to another — intensity defeats extensity every time. When looking for sources of power to elevate you, find the one key patron, the fat cow who will give you milk for a long time to come.

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Keys To Power

  • The world is plagued by greater and greater division. We are all in a state of total distraction and diffusion, hardly able to keep our minds in one direction before we are pulled in a thousand others.
  • The solution is a form of retreat inside ourselves, to more concentrated forms of thought and action.
  • Schopenhauer, “Intellect is a magnitude of intensity, not a magnitude of extensity.”
  • Casanova attributed his success in life to his ability to concentrate on a single goal and push at it until it yielded. Concentrate on a single goal, a single task, and beat it into submission.
  • Power always exists in concentrated forms, for in any organization it is inevitable that a small group hold all the strings. You must find out who controls the operations, who is the real direction behind the scenes.

Reversal

  • There are moments where dispersion is the proper tactical move. Dispersal is often suited for the weaker side.
  • Being too single-minded in purpose can make you an intolerable bore. Diffusion was Leonardo da Vinci’s power but remember: such genius is rare, and the rest of us are better off erring on the side of intensity.

Example

The greater an Empire’s territories the more vulnerability. Great lands need strong borders. Else they may be overrun by another barbarian tribe as seen with the collapse of Rome. Your armies are strongest when forged together. Divide them and they may not be able to protect the empire from an invasion.

Dedicate your complete focus to one front, using every resource at your disposal and all of your energy to master your craft through total immersion.

About The Book

The 48 Laws of Power (1998) is a non-fiction book by American author Robert Greene. The book is a bestseller, selling over 1.2 million copies in the United States.

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