Law 7: Get Others To Do The Work For You, But Always Take The Credit

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Use the wisdom, knowledge and legwork of other people to further your own cause. Not only will such assistance save you valuable time and energy, it will give you a godlike aura of efficiency and speed. In the end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered. Never do yourself what others can do for you.

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Keys To Power

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  • The world of power has the dynamics of the jungle: there are those who live by hunting and killing, and there are also vast numbers of creatures (hyenas, vultures) who live off the hunting of others.
  • These less imaginative types are often incapable of doing the work that is essential for the creation of power. They understand early on that if they wait long enough, they can always find another animal to do the work for them.
  • Do not be naive: at this moment, while you are slaving away on some project, there are vultures circling above you trying to figure out a way to survive and thrive off your creativity.
  • It is useless to complain about this or wear yourself ragged with bitterness. Better to protect yourself and join the game.
  • Once you have established a power base, become a vulture yourself, and save yourself time and energy.
  • Learn to get others to do the work for you while you take the credit and you appear to be of godlike strength and power.
  • If you think it is important to do all the work yourself, you will never get far.
  • Find people with the skills and creativity you lack. Either hire them, while putting your own name on top of theirs or find a way to take their work and make it your own.
  • There is another application of this law that does not require the parasitic use of your contemporaries’ labor: use the past, a vast storehouse of knowledge and wisdom.
  • Otto von Bismarck once said, “fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit from others’ experience.”

Reversal

  • If your power is not firmly enough established, you will seem to be pushing people out of the limelight.
  • To be a brilliant exploiter of talent your position must be unshakeable or you will be accused of deception.
  • Be sure you know when letting other people share the credit serves your purpose. It is especially important to not be greedy when you have a master above you.

Example

In the image: Nikola Tesla (left) and Thomas Edison (right)

Thomas Edison wasn’t much of a scientist, but a businessman. He would capitalize on Nikola Tesla’s genius and garner all the credit. Hire talents capable of doing what you can’t.

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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