THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a guidebook by Mark Manson that explains how to live a happier life by focusing on what is important rather than on unimportant and trivial things. He explains in detail how to can do this, even when dealing with common human problems such as sickness, death, and other common issues people might face. 

He also says that successful, happy people are not the ones who live their lives without problems, but the ones who know how to solve their problems and enjoy doing so. According to the author, any problem can be solved, but the solutions will come much more easily if people know how to determine what is and is not important.

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THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS

The Five Love Languages: The Secret To Love That Lasts is a 1992 book by Gary Chapman. Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—now that’s the hard part. How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life? After months of bliss— if you are lucky—you discover that something vital is waning, and sadly you can do nothing to stop it.

In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.

The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Written to reflect the complexities of relationships today, it reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.

 

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33 STRATEGIES OF WAR

The 33 Strategies of War is a 2006 book written by American author Robert Greene that is described as a “guide to the subtle social game of everyday life informed by the … military principles in war”. It is composed of discussions and examples on offensive and defensive strategies from a wide variety of people and conditions, applying them to social conflicts such as family quarrels and business negotiations.
The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene is a “guide to the subtle social game of everyday life informed by the … military principles in war.”. Greene, Robert, “The 33 Strategies of War”, Viking Adult, 2006 It is comprised of discussions and examples on offensive and defensive strategies from a wide variety of people and conditions such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Lawrence of Arabia, Alexander the Great, and the Tet Offensive. The book is divided into five parts: Self-Directed Warfare, Organizational (Team) Warfare, Defensive Warfare, Offensive Warfare and Unconventional (Dirty) Warfare. Each part contains a differing number of strategies, each in a chapter. Each chapter has a similar layout. Descriptions of battles, political and business situations are accompanied by Greene’s interpretation. There are occasional instructional sections followed by examples. All chapters end with a “Reversal” to give a brief discussion of where the strategy may not apply, a contrary view or defense. Throughout the book Mr. Greene includes quotes from a variety of sources. These are incorporated in the margins and between sections.

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MASTERY

Mastery is the fifth book by the American author Robert Greene.The book examines the lives of great historical figures—such as Charles Darwin, Mozart, and Henry Ford—and contemporary leaders—such as Paul Graham and Freddie Roach—and distills the traits and universal ingredients that made them masters.The book was published on November 13, 2012 by Viking Adult.

Mastery explains how to become a leader in any given field by examining the lives and pathways to success of historical masters such as Mozart, Einstein and Darwin, as well as “living masters” which Greene interviewed—including Paul Graham, Freddie Roach, Santiago Calatrava, Temple Grandin, Yoky Matsuoka, V.S. Ramachandran, Teresita Fernandez, Cesar Rodriguez, and Daniel Everett.

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THINK AND GROW RICH

Think and Grow Rich was written in 1937 by Napoleon Hill, promoted as a personal development and self-improvement book. Hill writes that he was inspired by a suggestion from business magnate and later-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. While the book’s title and much of the text concerns increased income, the author insists that the philosophy taught in the book can help people succeed in any line of work, to do and be anything they can imagine.

Think and Grow Rich is the number one Inspirational classic for individuals who are interested in learning from important figures in history. It was written by Napolean Hill after he spent over 20 years spent researching the accomplishments and attributes of 500 of the most successful people in business.
The book sets out the 13 key principles for success as identified through this research. Think and Grow Rich is a timeless classic that has guided many to success, and has sold millions of copies for nearly three quarters of a century.
The text of Think and Grow Rich is based on Hill’s earlier work The Law of Success, said to be the result of more than twenty years of study of many individuals who had amassed personal fortunes
Hill studied their habits and evolved 16 “laws” to be applied to achieve success. Think and Grow Rich condenses them, providing the reader with 13 principles in the form of a “Philosophy of Achievement”. Mark Hansen has said time has shown that two of the laws/principles are most important:
1) The MasterMind principle/process and;
 2) “Know very clearly where you want to go.”
The book asserts that desire, faith and persistence can propel one to great heights if one can suppress negative thoughts and focus on long-term goals.
The 13 “steps” listed in the book are:
  • 1. Desire
  • 2. Faith
  • 3. Autosuggestion
  • 4. Specialized Knowledge
  • 5. Imagination
  • 6. Organized Planning
  • 7. Decision
  • 8. Persistence
  • 9. Power of the Master Mind
  • 10. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation
  • 11. The Subconscious Mind
  • 12. The Brain
  • 13. The Sixth Sense

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ART OF SEDUCTION

Art of seduction coverThe Art of Seduction (published in 2001) is the second book by American author Robert Greene.The book examines social power through the lens of seduction and was an international bestseller.
The book profiles nine types of seducers (with an additional profile for an “anti-seducer”) and eighteen types of victims. Greene uses examples from historical figures such as Cleopatra, Giacomo Casanova, Duke Ellington and John F. Kennedy to support the psychology behind seduction. The book contains 24 seduction techniques. Greene saw The Art of Seduction as the logical follow-up to The 48 Laws of Power since seduction is “about power and manipulation as much as it is about romance, about how to make someone fall under your spell.”

 

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48 LAWS OF POWER

The 48 Laws of Power (published in 1998) is the first book by American author Robert Greene. The book is a bestseller, selling over 1.2 million copies in the United States, and is popular with prison inmates and celebrities.
Greene initially formulated some of the ideas in The 48 Laws of Power while working as a writer in Hollywood and concluding that today’s power elite shared similar traits with powerful figures throughout history. In 1995, Greene worked as a writer at Fabrica, an art and media school, and met a book packager named Joost Elffers. Greene pitched a book about power to Elffers and six months later, Elffers requested that Greene write a treatment.
Although Greene was unhappy in his current job, he was comfortable and saw the time needed to write a proper book proposal as too risky. However, at the time Greene was rereading his favorite biography about Julius Caesar and took inspiration from Caesar’s decision to cross the Rubicon River and fight Pompey, thus inciting the Great Roman Civil War. Greene wrote the treatment, which later became The 48 Laws of Power. He would note this as the turning point of his life…
A brief review
It is a marvelous book that was written by condensing some of the best learning from “The Art of Worldly Wisdom” by Balthasar Gracian, “Il Principe” by Niccolo Machiavelli and sprinkled with a little flavor of “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu as well as the wisdom of other ancient rulers and generals. Of course, it has additional influences from various other fields though one big critique point is, that the academic/scientific field is not one of the influences of the 48 laws of power.

Those above mentions three are books like the 48 Laws of Power, merely from a different time. And if you have already read them before you laid your eyes upon Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power, the laws are not going to shock you too much.

Now what sets this book apart from all other books about Machiavelliansim & Power, is the meticulous amount of research Robert Greene has put into his work. He is not a person who rushes a book, but finishes it “when it’s done”. So about once every 3-4 years. I really am curious about how his next book about Social & Human Behaviour is going to turn out.

Niccolò Machiavelli has always been a fan of taking bold action, just like Robert Greene is. Despite being able to find a lot of examples that can be applied to every aspect of life, in The Prince, The Art of Worldly Wisdom and The Art of War; the 48 Laws of Power trumps all of them when it comes to self-help & every-day-life-application.

 

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