Power Principles

Throughout Greene’s work, there are a number of principles that he examines for individuals to achieve lasting power in whatever situation they are in. Master these principles, and you’ll have a strong foundation by which you can influence others and maintain a strong sense of power – whether at work, at home, or with social relationships.

[Note: this page is only an introduction to these principles. Read Greene’s work to get a fuller grasp of how to apply them in your own life.]

Self-control

Never act out of anger, fear, excitement, or love. Always strive to maintain a calm expression for everything that happens to you, whether good or bad.

Realism

Resist the urge to form moral judgments about your situation or the people around you. Learn to look at people’s actions, not their words or intentions. Look at yourself objectively, analyzing your past mistakes. 

Indirection

Never reveal your motives to people – don’t let anyone know what you are trying to achieve. Use politeness, gifts, honesty, or even a naive or stupid exterior to throw people off your tracks. Hone the ability to mute your talent or skills in front of people.  

Fluidity

Accept circumstances that happen to you. Use the resources you have to achieve your goals. Always seek ways to turn obstacles into opportunities or to find the silver lining. Let go of things you cannot control.

Grand thinking

Try to think about the consequences of your and other people’s decisions. Always plan ahead, creating as much detail as possible for any ideas you may have. Focus on the future, not the present moment.