Friday, September 2, 2011

48 Laws of Power FRIDAYS! - Law 34

Law 34: Be Royal in our own Fashion: Act like a King to be treated like one
(My opinion in RED)
This law basically discusses how to be treated in high regard and get the things you desire. 
Mr. Greene states, “It is within your power to set your own price.  How you carry yourself reflects what you think of yourself.  If you ask for little, shuffle your feet and lower your head, people will assume this reflects your character.  But this behavior is not you-it is only how you have chosen to present yourself to other people. 
A way to achieve this is to use the “Strategy of the Crown”.  If you believe you are destined for great things, our belief will radiate outward, just like a crown atop of a king’s head.  These affect the people around you and have them believe we have reasons to feel as confident as we do. 
Greene suggests that one should not take this rule to the extreme.  Never make the mistake of thinking that you elevate yourself by humiliating others.  As well as never loom too high above the crowd.  Both actions will make you an easy target. 
I began to wonder: How does one present themselves as more than what they really are without losing who you truly are?  Is this a thin line between high confidence and arrogance?  Am I looking too deep into it?  I ask those questions because depending on how high someone set their standards can get problematic.  The lines could get blurry and what one sees as realistic, ambitious and determined, others could see it as delusional.  Therefore the image that one is trying to portray should not be too far from their actual self. 
At the end of the day, “How you carry yourself reflects on what you think of yourself.”
If you ask for less, that is what you are going to get, but if you ask for more, you are sending a signal that you are worth something.  Even if you are rejected, they will respect your confidence and this can pay off in the long run.

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