The most important of these skills, and power’s crucial foundation, is the ability to master your emotions. An emotional response to a situation is the single greatest barrier to power, a mistake that will cost you a lot more than any temporary satisfaction you might gain by expressing your feelings. Emotions cloud reason, and if you cannot see the situation clearly, you cannot prepare for and respond to it with any degree of control.
However you feel about power (it’s awful, it’s necessary, it’s awesome), it behooves you to at least understand it so that you do not fall victim to someone else misusing it on you. I’ve been meaning to read 48 Laws for a while, but just haven’t gotten around to it.
I’ll make a note to do so sometime soon…
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