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Law 25: Re-Create Yourself

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Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience. Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define it for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions — your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life.

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Keys To Power

  • The character you are born with are inherited, and shaped by your parents, friends and peers. The task is to take control of the process and stop allowing others that ability to limit and mold them.
  • Remake yourself. Working on yourself like clay should be one of your greatest and most pleasurable life tasks.
  • The first step in the process of self-creation is self-consciousness — being aware of yourself as an actor and taking control of your appearance and emotions.
  • The second step is the the creation of a memorable character, one that compels attention and stands out above the other players on the stage.
  • Good drama needs more than an interesting appearance, or a single stand-out moment. Drama takes place over time. Rhythm and timing are critical.
  • Remember that overacting can be counterproductive — it is another way of spending too much effort trying to attract attention.
  • Learn to play many roles, to be whatever the moment requires. Adapt your mask to the situation.


  • There is no reversal to this law: bad acting is bad acting.


Others will call you what they think you are or what they think they see in you. It’s all superficial. Every now and again you’ll receive a genuine compliment, but your parents, friends, society, even your government expects you to be someone or something else. It’s important that you choose to be whatever you want to be and that you feel free to change whenever you like. You have the freedom to dismiss the opinions of others, even to put on a good show like Gaius Julius Caesar. 

The world is your stage. It’s up to you what role you want to play. Think of life as a book and you’re writing it. You’re the main character, so act like it.

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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