Always Say Than Necessary

February 15, 2007 7:07pm CST
Today, while I had been sorting out some stuff to clear my room of the clutter, I stumbled upon this copy of the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers. A friend printed it out from an email that was sent to her, and she generously shared it with us, with the hope that it would impact us as much as it did to her. Not all of the 48 laws sounded agreeable to me, though. POWER is not really my thing. But perhaps, if you wished for that, you would have considered everything that was written there. But one law did strike me, and I'm saying it now because I'd like to make a point to once and for all clear the futile argumenattions happening in the egroups. Law Number 4: Always Say Than Necessary -- "When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague , open-ended and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by sayig less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish." Perhaps, I understand that alot of youngsters today are so filled with gusto that they continue to battle to have a voice in our community. Or maybe they have made that statement clear by now. But, I guess, if they are really in for some power-tripping, maybe they can take this hint of advise very seriously.
3 responses
@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
16 Feb 07
That is a very good point. When I am in a group and someone monopolizes the conversation, having something to say about everything, I begin to get bored and stop listening. Someone who doesn't speak very often, but has something interesting to say when he does speak, is usually given more attention.
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• Philippines
16 Feb 07
I agree and thanks for the response. No one should ever monopolize anything, it would only seem passive in the long run.
@yogiraut (230)
• India
16 Feb 07
hello dear, and thanks for making this wonderful point. Incidentally i follow the same philosophy u mentioned in my wrok place with my subordinates. And it has been successful. So its partically perfectly ok.
@gloria777 (1675)
• India
16 Feb 07
I agree with you. Thats why Solomon has stated that we must be FAST in hearing, but SLOW in speaking & also Sweet world calms the anger. A person who has a total control of his tongue is a victor in life.