11 LEARN TO KEEP PEOPLE DEPENDENT ON YOU | The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene | Book Summary

11 LEARN TO KEEP PEOPLE DEPENDENT ON YOU | The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene | Book Summary

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Law Number Eleven… Learn To Keep People Dependent on You
To maintain your independence you must always be needed and wanted. The more you are relied
on, the more freedom you have. Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity
and you have nothing to fear. Never teach them enough so that they can do without you.
Necessity rules the world. People rarely act unless compelled to. If you create no need
for yourself, then you will be done away with at first opportunity. If, on the other hand,
you understand the Laws of Power and make others depend on you for their welfare, if
you can counteract their weakness with your own “iron and blood,” as Bismarck said. Then
you will survive your masters just as he did. You will have all the benefits of power without
the thorns that come from being a master. Bismarck understood the importance of keeping
people dependent. He sought out a weak ruler, Frederick William IV, king of Prussia and
created a relationship of dependency. He was a key player in restoring the king’s power
so much so that when the king died, his brother who preceded him depended on Bismarck as well.
Bismarck became their strength, their intelligence and their spine and in the process, he became
a powerful force to reckon with, he was the man behind the throne, calling the shots.
10 Ways to Manipulate Power 1. Do seek out weak people in power
Seeking out those already in power is foolish. They will swallow you up and spit you out.
They do not need anything from you 2. Get people to do as you wish without force
or hurt. If you have to bully someone into doing what
you want, that is not power. The key is making the person believe that your services are
needed and without you they will be completely lost.
3. Enmesh yourself in the work of your superior By doing this your superior knows that to
get rid of you is futile. They can not afford to train another without losing time and a
lot of money. 4. Possess a talent and creative skill that
simply cannot be replaced. People will think twice before getting rid
of you because to get rid of you may spell disaster or even death.
5. Create a situation in which you can always latch on to another patron
This just simply means you have other places that will welcome your skills and talents
in your sights. Your employer knows that they cannot easily find another worker with your
particular talent so they will jump hoops to keep you in their employ.
6. Have the appearance of specialized knowledge and skill
This gives you leeway in your ability to deceive those above you into thinking they cannot
do without you. It is always in your power to make your skills indispensible.
7. Wrap yourself around the source of power You have placed yourself in a position that
to cut you away would cause great trauma. You do not necessarily have to entwine yourself
around the superior; another person will do, as long as he or she too is indispensable
in the chain. 8. Use the secret intelligence tactic
By knowing people’s secrets, you seal your position with them. The downside to this is
that the paranoia and insecurity that the power that it provides cancels itself out.
What good is power without peace? 9. Do not imagine your superior’s dependence
on you will make them love you It is more than likely that they resent and
fear you, which is better that they fear the consequences of losing you rather than out
of love for your company. 10. Better to place yourself in a position
of mutual dependence The weakness of making others depend on you
is that you are in some measure dependent on them. Although this is true, you will not
have the unbearable pressure of being on top, and your superior will in essence be your
slave, for he will depend on you. Louis XI (1423-1483) the great Spider King
of France once asked his astrologer to tell of his own fate and how long he had to live.
The astrologer replied, “I shall die just three days before Your Majesty.” The king
was vexed because he had planned to kill the astrologer that day fearing the astrologer
had killed people to prove his forcasting or that his might in astrology was real and
therefore dangerous in of itself. The king spared his life, looked after him, gave him
gifts and even had several doctors check his health to ensure he would live as long as
possible. The astrologer actually survived the king by several years, proving his mastery
of power.


  1. "Never teach them enough so that can do without you." REALLY ?! This is how you make your power!?
    This power will ruin easily. I count people who act like this as wicked & mischievous and wants to be friend with them or work with them. This is a negetive power.
    Suggest you to read "How to win friends and Influence other people" If you want to have a Positive Power.

  2. hey man i really like those videos but there is somthing that bothers me u dont finish the stories u tell what they did but not what happeneds after it

  3. This book is a real eye opener of how some people think and behave but I wonder what percentage of people in the population are really like this? spending there entire life pretending to be friendly and nice but the whole time planing and plotting other peoples downfall and screwing people over, is it 10% or 50% or am I being naive and its everyone apart from me and a few others 😀

  4. I had a new manager take over at a liquor store I was working at. He brought his entire staff from his other, smaller store to the new one and fired all the people who worked at the new store. Basically he replaced us with them, because he trusted or needed them and doesn't like new people. Obviously it sucks and it's illegal, but some people in power or leadership positions often don't have to make sense, they just do what keeps them in power.

  5. just fell in love with all your videos…keep making more .. ama keep downloading.. thanks for the good work

  6. I first read this book in prison..

    when i got out I applied it to my everyday struggle..

    it put me in a better situation..
    I run my entire neighborhood..

    i own. 2015 mercedes..
    2016 corvette..
    3,400 sq ft home.
    and my crew doin good also..

    this changed my life..

  7. It is true that some spiritual leaders(ex psychologists, gurus) employ the same tactic.
    They make people dependent on them to solve their problems, and give them comfort while
    they receive more cash. I know this because I have a friend who is a senior counsellor and he
    has told me that they used to do this on other people.

    For me, these are not real spiritual leaders of course. The purpose of the student is to surpass
    the master, not to be kept in a state of dependence.

    I don't know, of all the Laws of Power you describe, I think this one is the cruelest . .

  8. If you keep people dependent on you, then you are also dependent on them. If your servant,driver,farmer etc decide to go on strike indefinitely, then how will you survive?

  9. i shall die 3 days after your majesty? wel didnt king just asked again but what about me? how wil i die? he didnt asked for astrologer death. did astrologer told him?

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