16 Lessons From Machiavelli


  • Either treat people well… or completely destroy them.
  • If you suspect someone could pose a future threat, deal with them now
  • Carry a big stick.
  • Study the greats. That way, even if you fall short, you’ll end up good.
  • Another reason to carry a big stick: No one respects weak people.
  • It’s safer to be feared than loved.
  • But don’t go overboard with the fear thing.
  • Along as you don’t insult people, steal their stuff, or threaten their livelihood, you’ll be fine
  • Perception is reality.
  • It’s okay to screw people over — if you can kick the crap out of them.
  • Again, perception is reality.
  • Make it seem like you’re a nice guy — but if you need to screw people over, go right ahead.
  • Make sure some people don’t hate you — especially some powerful people.
  • Smart people hire other smart people.
  • Make sure some people can be honest with you. But only some people.
  • Just do it


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