The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Law Number 23… Concentrate Your Forces Conserve your forces and energies by keeping
them concentrated at their strongest point. You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining
it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to another-intensity defeats extensity
every time. When looking for sources of power to elevate you, find the one key patron, the
fat cow who will give you milk for a long time to come
Maybe you can relate to the following? Are you in a state of total distraction and
diffusion, hardly able to keep your mind in one direction before you are pulled in a thousand
others? The modern world’s level of conflict is higher than ever and you internalize it
in your life. The solution is a form of retreat inside yourself
to the past, to more concentrated forms of thought and action.
Single-mindedness of purpose. Total concentration on the goal.
Then use these qualities against people less focused.
Such an arrow will find its mark every time and overwhelm the enemy. This is what happened
to ancient Athens, which lusted for the faraway island of Sicily and ended up losing its empire.
The Romans stretched the boundaries of their empire to encompass vast territories; in doing
so they increased their vulnerability, and the chances of invasion from yet another barbarian
tribe. Their useless expansion led their empire into oblivion.
Concentrate on a single goal, a single task, and beat it into submission. You will need
help from other people, usually those who are more powerful than you. More energy is
saved and more power attained when you affix yourself to a single, appropriate source of
power. Find out who controls the operation.
Find out the real director behind the scenes. Power itself always exists in concentrated
forms. In any organization it is inevitable for a small group to hold the strings. And
often it is not those with the titles. In the game of power, only the fool flails about
without fixing his target. You cannot hit two targets with one arrow.
If your thoughts stray, you miss your enemies’ heart. Mind and arrow must become one.
Two Dangers in Concentration When fighting a stronger army, concentrating
your forces only makes you an easier target—better to dissolve into the scenery and frustrate
your enemy with the elusiveness of your presence. Tying yourself to a single source of power
has one preeminent danger: If that person dies, leaves, or falls from grace, you suffer.
In cases when you may need protection, then, it is often wise to entwine yourself around
several sources of power. Such a move would be especially prudent in periods of great
tumult and violent change, or when your enemies are numerous. The more patrons and masters
you serve the less risk you run if one of them falls from power. Such dispersion will
even allow you to play one off against the other. Even if you concentrate on the single
source of power, you still must practice caution, and prepare for the day when your master or
patron is no longer there to help you. Finally, being too single-minded in purpose
can make you an intolerable bore, especially in the arts.
That’s it for this law, if you haven’t already – check out the new format series I’ve started
uploading. I call them podcast shorts & it’s a great way, I feel, to share my thoughts
with you on relevant subjects surrounding this channel, if you dislike it, however,
I will concentrate my forces on this series that you guys seem to like watching so much.
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