The 50th Law Summary Robert Greene

I first met 50 cent in the winter of 2006. He had been a fan of my book the 48

Laws of power, and he was interested in collaborating on a book project.

In the meeting, we talked about war, terrorism, the music business.

What struck me most was that we had a remarkably similar way of looking at the world

Your fears are a kind of prison that confines you within a limited range of action.

The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live.

We are all too afraid—of offending people, of stirring up conflict,

of standing out from the crowd, of taking bold action.

One of the greatest fears that any child has is that of being abandoned,

left alone in a terrifying world.

The greatest fear people have is that of being themselves.

They want to be 50 cent or someone else.

We humans have generally little control over circumstances.

If we are able to overcome our anxieties and forge a fearless attitude towards life,

Something strange and remarkable can occur—that margin of control over circumstance increases.

Chapter 1 See things for what they are-intense realism

Reality can be rather harsh. Your days are numbered.

It takes constant effort to carve a place for yourself in this

ruthlessly competitive world and hold on to it.

People can be treacherous. They bring endless battles into your life.

Your task is to resist the temptation to wish it were all different;

instead you must fearlessly accept these circumstances, even embrace them.

The greatest danger we face, is not the police or some nasty rival. It’s the mind going soft.

Reality is my drug. The more i have of it, the more power i get and the higher i feel.

We had to become keen observers of everything going on around us to survive.

What you need to do in life is return to that mind you possessed as a child,

opening up to experience instead of closing it off.

If you have a long-term goal for yourself, one that you have

imagined in detail, then you are better able to make the proper decisions in the present.

Don’t get caught up in people’s grand gestures, in the public face they put on.

Pay more attention to the details, to the little things they reveal in their day-to-day lives.

Look at your most recent actions as if they were the maneuvers of another person.

Imagine how you could have done it all better

Chapter 2 Make Everything Your Own— Self- Reliance

When you work for others, you are at their mercy. They own your work;

They own you. Your creative spirit is squashed.

What keeps you in such Positions is a fear of having to sink or swim on your own.

Instead you Should have a greater fear of what will happen to you  if you remain Dependent on others for power.

Your goal in every maneuver in life Must be ownership, working the corner for yourself.

When it is yours to Lose-you are more motivated, more creative, more alive.

The ultimate Power in life is to be completely self-reliant, completely yourself.



Your life must be a progression towards ownership—first mentally of your independence, and then physically of your work, owning what you produce.

Never be a minion, always be an owner.

your bosses prefer to keep you in dependent positions. It is in their interest that you do not become self-reliant, and so they will tend to hoard information.


What you really value in life is ownership, not money.

If ever there is a choice—more money or more responsibility


You must remember that when people give you things or

do you favors it is always with strings attached.


You must not be afraid of your uniqueness and you must care less and less what people think of you.

Chapter 3 Turn Shit Into Sugar—Opportunism

Every negative situation contains the possibility for something positive, an opportunity.

Every negative situation contains the possibility for something positive, an opportunity.

It is how you look at it that matters. Your lack of resources can be an advantage, forcing you to be more inventive with the little that you have.

Losing a battle can allow you to frame yourself as the sympathetic underdog.

Do not let fears make you wait for a better moment or become conservative.

If there are circumstances you cannot control, make the best of them.

It is the ultimate alchemy to transform all such negatives into advantages and power.

Every negative is a positive. The bad things that happen to me,

I somehow make them good. That means you can’t do anything to hurt me

Events in life are not negative or positive. They are completely neutral.

The universe does not care about your fate; it is indifferent to the violence that may hit you or to death itself.

Things merely happen to you. It is your mind that

Chooses to interpret them as negative or positive

Most people wait too long to go into action, generally out of fear. They want more money or better circumstances.

You must go the opposite direction and move before you think you are ready.

Chapter 4 Keep Moving— Calculated Momentum

Let go and move with the chaos that presents Itself to you—from within it, you will find endless opportunities that elude most people.

Don’t give others the chance to pin you down; keep moving and changing your appearances to fit the environment.

If you encounter walls or boundaries, slip around them.

Do not let anything disrupt your flow.

Momentum in life comes from increased fluidity, a willingness to try more,

to move in a less constricted fashion

Chapter 5 Know When to Be Bad— Aggression

You will always find yourself among the aggressive and the passive

Aggressive who seek to harm you in some way. You must get over any

general fears you have of confronting people

Or you will find it extremely difficult to assert yourself in the face of

those who are more cunning and ruthless.

Before it is too late you must master the art of knowing when and how to be bad—using deception, manipulation,

And outright force at the appropriate moments.

Everyone operates with a flexible morality when it comes to their self-interest—you are simply making this more conscious and effective.

Chapter 6 Lead from The Front— Authority

In any group, the person on top consciously or unconsciously sets the tone.

If leaders are fearful, hesitant to take any risks, or overly

Concerned for their ego and reputation, then this invariably filters its way through the entire group and makes effective action impossible.

Complaining and haranguing people to work harder has a counterproductive effect.

You must adopt the opposite style: imbue your troops with the proper spirit through your actions, not words.

They see you working harder than anyone, holding yourself to the highest standards, taking risks with confidence, and making tough decision.

This inspires and binds the group together. In these democratic times, you must practice what you preach.

Chapter 7 Know Your Environment from Ihe Inside Out—Connection

Most people think first of what they want to express or make, then find the audience for their idea.

You must work the opposite angle, thinking first of the public.

You need to keep your focus on their changing needs,

The trends that are washing through them.

Beginning with their demand, you create the appropriate supply.

Do not be afraid of people’s criticisms—without such feedback your work will be too personal and delusional.

You must maintain as close a relationship to your environment as possible, getting an inside “feel” for what is happening around you.

Never lose touch with your base.

Chapter 8 Respect The Process—Mastery

The fools in life want things fast and easy-money, success, attention.

Boredom is their great enemy and fear. Whatever they manage to get slips through their hands as fast as it comes in.

You, on the  other hand want to outlast your rivals. You are building the foundation for something that can continue to expand. To make this happen,

You will have to serve an apprenticeship. You must learn early on to endure the hours of practice and drudgery,

Knowing that in the end all of that time will translate into a higher pleasure—mastery of a craft and of yourself.

Your goal is to reach the ultimate skill level—an intuitive feel for what must come next.

Chapter 9 Push Beyond Your Limits— Self Belief

Your sense of who you are will determine your actions and what you end up getting in life.

If you see your reach as limited, that you are mostly helpless in the face of so many difficulties, that it is best to keep your ambitions low, then you will receive the little that you expect.

Knowing this dynamic, you must train yourself for the opposite—ask for more, aim high, and believe that you are destined for something great.

Your sense of self-worth comes from you alone—never the opinion of others. With a rising confidence in your abilities,

You will take risks that will increase your chances of success.

People follow those who know where they are going, so cultivate an air of certainty and boldness.

Chapter 10 Confront Your Mortality— The Sublime

In the face of our inevitable mortality we can do one of two things.

We can attempt to avoid the thought at all costs, clinging to the illusion that we have all the time in the world.

Or we can confront this reality, accept and even embrace it, converting our consciousness of death into something positive and active.

In adopting such a fearless philosophy, we gain a sense of proportion, become able to separate what is petty from what is truly important.

Knowing our days to be numbered, we have

A sense of urgency and mission. We can appreciate life all the more for its impermanence.

If we can overcome the fear of death, then there is nothing left to fear.

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