Thursday, October 02, 2008

Never Put Too Much Trust in Friends, Learn How to Use Enemies (Laws of Power)

This series will focus on my interpretation of the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. Not so much because I want power but more so because I want to change my attitude and character so as not to offend anyone. At the same time, I think this can be a good reference in figuring out the personalities of people around me and figuring out whom among them is trying to manipulate me. (^o^)/

Law #2 Never Put Too Much Trust in Friends, Learn How to Use Enemies

The law says that friends are quicker to betray you because they are easily aroused to envy. And that hiring a former enemy is better because he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove.

Strangely though, it is your kindness towards your friend that unbalances everything. You either favor your friends too much and destroy the distance required in working situations or sometimes the favor in itself becomes oppressive for your friends whom may feel that their good fortune was brought about by the friendship and not because of the things they did to deserve it.
It is true that friends can be ungrateful sometimes and their ingratitude can really hurt us more because it is unexpected and thus catching us unprepared. But a friend once said that there are those friends who also are like family already.

The key to power, then, is the ability to judge who is best able to further your interests in all situations.

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