Law 47: Do Not Go Past The Mark You Aimed For; In Victory Learn When To Stop

In the image: Radhika Jones is an American magazine editor and the fifth editor-in-chief of the Vanity Fair magazine. She succeeded Graydon Carter who retired in 2017 after 25 years in the role. Wikipedia

The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril. In the heat of victory, arrogance and overconfidence can push you past the goal you had aimed for, and by going too far, you make more enemies than you defeat. Do not allow success to go to your head. There is no substitute for strategy and careful planning. Set a goal, and when you reach it, stop.

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Keys To Power

  • The powerful vary their rhythms and patterns, change course, adapt to circumstance and learn to improvise. Rather than letting their dancing feet impel them forward, they step back and look where they are going.
  • Luck and circumstance always play a role in power. Bad luck teaches valuable lessons about patience, timing and the need to be prepared for the worst; good luck deludes you into the opposite lesson, making you think your brilliance will carry you through.


  • Either destroy a man or leave him alone entirely. When you beat an enemy, make your victory complete. Crush him into nonexistence.


In the image: Madame de Pompadour

In 1751, Madame de Pompadour found herself unable to satisfy Louis XV’s lust. To hold onto her privileged position she arranged younger, prettier women to keep the king happy. This was a loss for she had to swallow her pride and share Louis with others. They, however, could not compete with her charm, talents, taste, and flawless sense of fashion. Her reign as mistress had lasted an unprecedented twenty years. Don’t push too far or you risk losing it all. Know when to take a loss and move on.

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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