13 Types of Posts that Always Get Lots of Comments

I’ve been an ardent reader of various blogs, and hopped around various blogs to read interesting stuffs. Then suddenly I thought there is a kind of regularity in the content of posts and the number of comments. So, I decided to carve out a complete list of it, after some analysis.

It’s no surprise that these types of posts got a lot of comments – for one I found had been specifically asked for comments and there was a tangible benefit for commenting in each case (the chance to win something and the chance to promote something) – but what other types of posts get lots of comments?

Here are 13 types of posts that were most common in people’s responses with a few links to examples.

Note: some of the examples could have been used in multiple categories and some get more comments than others – but that’s because they are from smaller blog where the blogger doesn’t normally see loads of comments. I could have found bigger more well known blogs as examples but decided to go mainly with ‘normal’ blogs from readers as I think it is probably more useful than highlighting just mega blogs that get lots of comments on most posts.

1. Competitions

Lets start with the most obvious – give people the chance to win something by leaving a comment and you’re well on the way to drawing people into leaving a comment. Example:Giveaway: SKIL 4-piece Power Tools Combo Kit.

2. Personal Stories

Sometimes sharing something personal really draws people into what you’re writing. I know when I’ve shared something from my personal life on my blog – either as an off topic post or as a way to illustrate something that I’m talking about that it always draws people in. This is particularly powerful if you share a problem overcome, a failure or something that people can relate to. Examples: I’m a Mom and Exposed.

3. Show Off Posts/Share a link

These types of posts ask your readers to show or share something that they’ve done, written, created etc. The ’show us your photoblog’ link above is an example of this. So to was another of my posts – ‘Share Your Best Photo‘.

4. Creative Posts

posts where the blogger has gone to extra lengths to do something out of the ordinary and creative often have a ‘wow factor’ that gets people commenting. Example: Disney’s “A Whole New World” Sung in Pictures.

5. Hacks

Walk people through a process or show them how to do something for themselves (DIY). These types of posts are great for traffic but I find that they also tend to get reactions – particularly if it’s a good and helpful hack. Example: Apparently My Bling Likes to Swing.

6. Meaty Posts

It was fascinating to read through the 80-90 links to most commented upon posts that people sent me – one thing I noticed is that it was often quite long and in depth posts that seemed to be getting commented upon. Longer resources that really looked deeply at a topic or that gave comprehensive advice. Example: How NOT to Suck at Blogging (this post probably fits into some of the other categories too – it is strong, opinionated and pretty in your face – all of this elicits a strong response).

7. Relatable Posts

Many of the posts talked about were on topics that a lot of people would have been able to relate to. Not always personal stories – but on issues and problems that lots of readers might face. They draws out people to tell their story or personal reflection on their own experiences with the topics. Example: Why Do Women Let Themselves Go (this post also has a strong headline and perhaps some controversy attached to it).

8. Question Posts

Ask a question and those who hear it are wired to answer it. I find when I include a question in the title of my posts that comment numbers tend to be at least double normal posts. Do Young Entrepreneurs Need to Go to Collge? (a post that had a question it its very title – as long as some opinion and meat to it). Also What Camera Gear Would You Buy if you were Given $1000 to Spend? (this post not only asked a question but was a hypothetical/fun post on a topic that I knew would also create some debate between readers loyal to different types of cameras. Also Net Worth vs Self Worth: The Passion Paradox (while this post isn’t a pure question post there’s a strong call for people to react in it and the blogger highlights other people’s posts on the topic/reactions).

9. Debate or Controversy Posts

Put two or more opposing arguments to your readers and step back to see what happens. Example: Which Digital Camera Manufacturer is Best? (this is an old post when we only had a few readers – I’m too scared to post the question again as this question always gets people so fired up). Also Adam Lambert’s Jacket Auctioned for $2000 (not a debate but certainly stirred up some controversy).

10. Opinion Pieces

Expressing your own strongly held opinion on an issue will generally have your readers examining their own opinions. If you do express it strongly you can expect your readers to share what they think strongly also. Example: I like Dave Ramsey, But He is Still Wrong. Also Why our Current Education System is Failing (also some controversy/debate in this one too).

11. Humor

Humor evokes a natural physical reaction (smiling and laughter) which sometimes also comes out in other ways (like sharing a reaction, passing it on to a friend etc). Example: I took 1,973 pictures of my children on vacation and all I got was this lousy blog post (also a personal type post).

12. Group Projects/Challenges

This is one I’ve used quite a bit over the years – getting readers all to go and do something and then come back and share the results. Examples: Top 5 – Group Writing ProjectEnter the Passion to Profit Challenge and RED: Weekend Photography Challenge.

13. Mega Lists/Resources

There is nothing like a mega/over the top list of resources or links relevant to your niche to draw in traffic and comments. These posts are a lot of work but tend to do well in social media – but also at getting comments. You get comments from those in the list, from those who want to be in the list, from those who find the list useful, from those who think your list is skewed and biased…. etc. Example: 87 Great Photography Blogs and Feeds.

So…Am I going to get some Comments?;)

13 Powerful Quotes from Bruce Lee

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Anyone who knows anything about Bruce Lee can’t help but be impressed by the amount he accomplished in his relatively short life. Not only was he an amazing martial artist, but also an tremendous actor and  philosopher as well. What amazed me about Bruce Lee was his profound wisdom. I often use his quotes as a source of inspiration. My hope is that you can to. The following are some of my favorite quotes from Bruce Lee:

  • “The “moment” has no yesterday or tomorrow. It is not the result of thought and therefore has no time.”
  • “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough: we must do.”
  • “Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.”
  • “The measure  of the moral worth of a man is his happiness. The better the man, the more happiness. Happiness is the synonym of well-being”
  • ” Real living is living for others.”
  • “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”
  • “Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts, all problems are brought into existence -drop them.”
  • “A goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at.”
  • “Because one does not want to be disturbed, to be made uncertain, he establishes a pattern of conduct, of thought, a pattern of relationship to man etc. Then he becomes a slave to the patter and takes the pattern to be the real thing.”
  • “Zen is not ‘attained’ by mirror-wiping mediation, but by “self-forgetfulness in the existential ‘present’ of life here and now.” We do not “come”, we ‘are’. Don’t strive to become, but be.”
  • “Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”
  • “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”
  • “To grow, to discover, we need involvement which is something I experience everyday, sometimes good, sometimes frustrating.”

Bruce Lee is a personal hero of mine for he demonstrated what it means to be a truly compassionate human being. He not only gave out advice but actually lived a life according to his values. The fact that he was able to accomplish so much in such a short amount of time gives inspires me greatly. He truly was an “artist of life.”

How Hungry Are You?

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Burj Dubai a.k.a Burj Khalifa – World Tallest Building (I should add: as of 2010! Hope even taller buildings will be constructed soon…)

Construction Cost: $1.5 Billion

Read now:

starvation

“How great it is that not a single person need to wait before changing the world”

-Anne Frank

Before we continue I want you to first take a moment and reflect on the photos posted above. Assuming you have a pulse in your body, they should make you feel fairly uncomfortable. Maybe they make you feel sad? Or angry? Perhaps even both.

While reading this post today, I ask that you contemplate this question “Why, despite an abundant amount of food, shelter, and water, does poverty continue to exist?”

Theoretically and practically, poor people shall remain on Earth. And that’s so obvious. In a world of people earning even $3 million per day, there will be people earning $2.9 million too. They might be termed ‘poor’ accordingly…But the real problem (and real poor) is the people who cannot even afford basic requirements of life-Food, Clothing and Shelter and clean water (and sanitation too).

United Nations formulates 8 basic needs:

  • Food: Body Mass Index must be above 16.
  • Safe drinking water: Water must not come from solely rivers and ponds, and must be available nearby (less than 15 minutes walk each way).
  • Sanitation facilities: Toilets or latrines must be accessible in or near the home.
  • Health: Treatment must be received for serious illnesses and pregnancy.
  • Shelter: Homes must have fewer than four people living in each room. Floors must not be made of dirt, mud, or clay.
  • Education: Everyone must attend school or otherwise learn to read.
  • Information: Everyone must have access to newspapers, radios, televisions, computers, or telephones at home.

Wait..Wait.. Wait! Information? They formulate ‘Lack of Information’ in absolute poverty too…and here, 1.1 Billion people live below $1 a day! So, if take into account all these 8 points, where are we going to stand?

That is 1 in every 5 people of this world, lives in merely under $1 a day. Food+Clothes+Shelter+Clean Water (my conscience asks me not to include all 8 points into it or it’ll look both hilarious and shameful to me) : Within One Dollar!

30 Hour Famine:

Here I narrate an experience by one of my international friend:

This weekend a group of classmates and myself participated, in what was my second “30 Hour Famine.” This profound event, sponsored by World Vision , was put together to raise awareness and money in hopes to one day eradicate poverty in the world.

The event was simple. A group of about 70 students and myself gathered for a lock-in at our school and consciously fasted for 30 hours, giving us perhaps a small glimpse of what it feels like to be hungry. Raising money is easy, fasting for 30 hours is not.

Participating in the 30 Hour Famine was unfortunately not  as  popular as it should have been.

Some reasons I heard from friends who did not attend:

“I need to eat.”

“I’ll starve to death.”

” Starving myself will not raise money for the children.”

” I don’t have time.”

Starving myself will not raise money for the children. True! But  Why, despite an abundant amount of food, shelter, and water, does poverty continue to exist?”

While you’re here, check-out this Wikipedia page.

I must state 2 more statistics:

Number of people living below poverty line in:

China: 8%

India: 24%

Problem? Both of these countries have a population crossing 1 Billion. Calculate for yourself!

I am well aware that statistics do very little in regards to evoking emotion. Therefore I’m not going to bother you with stats like ” 1.1 billion people live on less than a dollar a day” or “26,000 thousand children under the age of 5 die everyday to due to poverty.” I’m not going to bother letting you know that 8 billion dollars  a year could provide food for everyone in the world, and that Americans spend 14 billion dollars a year on diet products. I got two data for the money Americans spend on pet food: One says, $16.7 Billion, and other $45.5 Billion (Source: American Pet Products Association)”

Instead I’m going to try to do something different with you today.

Picture a loved one.

How does that person make you feel?

This could be your mom, dad, brother or sister, your son, your daughter or perhaps even your best friend.

I want you to picture the joy and  excitement that this person brings you.

For a moment simply feel.

Now I want you to imagine,  this person laying in your arms.

Their stomach bloated from starvation. Looking  into your eyes,their body dying for food, they cry “feed me“. You have no food to give them.

You stare back at them hopeless. There’s nothing you can do.

Your loved one soon dies in your arms.

Now if you did this exercise correctly you should be feeling pretty emotional right now. For hundreds of thousands of parents around the world this nightmare isn’t an exercise, it is reality in which they face every single day.

When I do this exercise I picture my girlfriend.  I can not fathom one day watching her die because she can’t eat. Can you let your loved one die in your arms starving?

The thought of children and parents dying as I lay asleep in my bed makes me want to cry.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.

How Hungry Are You?

I’m going to be perfectly honest. For most of my life I have lived a life of ignorance. For most of my life I haven’t given a damn about those around me. For most of my life it’s been all about me. For most of my life I’ve turned my back on service because I’ve had “better” things to do. Yet as I have grown older I have come to realize the error in my ways. Years ago I realized I was lucky, now I realize that it’s up to me make a difference.

It’s up to us to make a difference. Changing the world lies in our mindset. Stop thinking you can’t make a difference because you can. Follow your heart and give. Doing service is positively correlated, the more you do the more you will want to do. Quit sitting back waiting for others to solve our problems.

The solution is you.

I was debating on whether or not to put a list of organizations that you could contact to help give, yet I think it’s best you do your on research. There are hundreds if not thousands of organizations out there that want to make a difference, make sure to choose one’s that are congruent with your purpose. If you are completly lost I suggest you check out Free Rice.

The 30 hour famine made my friend’s mates hungry. The funny thing was, this hunger didn’t go away for me too.No this hunger remains with me today. The 30 hour famine left me hungry, hungry for change. The question is how hungry are you?

Think Different!

Apple Inc. Former Slogan : “Think Different”

Make a difference in a good way that benefits everybody, because a difference can be positive or negative.

That is my my re-phrasal of Apple Inc.’s former slogan “Think Different”, because it is vague. Vague because it does not refer to negative effects but positive effects only. Here is the extension to the slogan (by Apple Inc.):

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They are not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.”

When we think of making a difference it is understood we focus on the benefits, but we must not forget difference is neutral word, that means it can be positive or negative. So we usually mean let’s make a difference to make things better today.

The beef of my post is that the phrase ‘Make a difference’ sounds incomplete. Make a difference in what? To make things better or worse? So to make it complete: Make a difference by making things better today. No wonder why many people, I think, seem un-enthusiastic about it!

A short post, and I won’t elaborate more. Because its upon you to decide for making a Change… A Change for good! Don’t get into petty habit of changing everything…just because you have to change things somehow! Look into the world, analyze it deeply, and find out the ways to make it better... Rest, on your conscience :-)

As to quote:

This world was built by people who felt some discontent with the way things were around them, and knew they could do better…

10 Ways You Can Make a Difference Today

You want to make a difference. I get it. We all do.

I know, I know, you don’t have the time.

You don’t have the resources. You’re only one person. The excuses roll on and on.

Luckily for you, I have conveniently  provided 10  simple ways in which you make a difference today.

WARNING:

Upon finishing this article, your excuses on why you can’t make a difference will disappear. Read at your own risk.

Start a Blog:

We all have a message, and blogging is one of the most efficient ways to share it. Through the medium of blogging we can inspire and educate hundreds, thousands, perhaps even millions of individuals all over the globe. My life has benefited tremendously from the hundreds of blogs in which I have read. Share your story. Start blogging today.

Smile:

Do I really need to explain this one? See how many times you can smile today.

Hug:

We all need hugs. Hugging instantly can change anyone’s day for the better. Try making it a habit to hug at least five people each day. Who knows, your hug could make someone’s day (assuming you’ve showered of course).

Listen:

I mean truly listen. Turn off your judgment box and just receive the words of a friend or family member. No advice required. Simply be there for someone. You don’t need to voice your opinion. Simply listen.

Perform a Random Act of Kindness

This was recently a theme at my school. I was amazed at all the acts of kindness. Go out of your way to do something nice for someone, expecting nothing in return. Hold the door for someone. Compliment (and mean it) someone’s appearance. Tell someone how much they mean to do you. Do something that’s expected of you without being ask. How many random acts of kindness can you do?

Serve:

Do some community work. Volunteer at an elderly home. Teach something. Do some physical labor. Give your time for the benefit of the world.

Give Away Good Books:

I can’t tell you how many books I have given away. I love sharing my favorite books with people. Why should you be the only one benefiting from an amazing book. If you’ve just read a great book, pass it on!

Free Rice!:

What better way to help somebody than to give food while improving your vocabulary at the same time. Simply spending 10 minutes on this extraordinary site could save a life. Literally. What are you waiting for?

Tell a Joke:

We all enjoy a good laugh. Tell someone a joke make hopefully it will make them laugh:-)

Live Your Life:

Find your mission and live it. Like to paint? Paint.Like to write? Write. Do what makes you happy.  Unleash the purpose-driven-you.

Now is the perfect opportunity to change the world. The question is,

Will you..?

Why our Current Education System is Failing!

(“Acknowledge: Aboundedworld”)

WARNING: This post goes against social conditioning and is particularly lengthy: read if you dare.

As my high school career has finally ended (I graduate March 2009) I have found myself particularly reflective on the value I have received from high-school.

I end my high school career with a sub-par 3.3 G.P.A ,having never received a prestigious academic award, and a quick glance at my attendance record would reveal numerous absences (OK 32 days just this year.)

If I listen to what I have been socially conditioned to believe:

Sub-par grades + number of awards +   a good (and useless) attendance = the end of my life

Right?

I beg to differ.

Chasing The A

For most of my life (along with millions of other students) I have been taught to believe that the secret to a successful life is to get outstanding grades. Slowly over the years however, I have discovered this premise to be completely false.

Luckily, over the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to immerse myself in a variety of empowering perspectives and thus have come to  understand that we are 100 percent responsible for our life.

We can be as happy and as successful as we choose to be. Our attitude, not our grades, determines our success.

I have been fortunate enough  to recognize that education goes beyond just the classroom. Life is our greatest mentor. Unfortunately,  I’m one of the lucky ones.

Myself, along with millions of other students, have failed to apply ourselves, not because we’re not smart enough, not because we don’t care about our future, but because we are tired of being dictated by a system of letters.

Continually brain-washing students into believing good grades are essential in living a successful life, has had some disastrous consequences:

Students are more stressed then ever. Cheating has become increasingly rampant. Students spend an excessive amount of time obsessing over getting perfect scores (after all they’ve been told they won’t have a job if they don’t.)

In fact, a classmate of mine  routinely stays up past 2 A.M in order to stay a float. Excessive? I think so.

What’s even more depressing about our current education system, is that it leaves millions of “average” students behind. Millions of kids with incredible potential are left to die (educationally speaking) never realizing their true potential.

Many of my current classmates, each of whom  could literally change the world, are paralyzed by fear, and are instead choosing the path of security: That is get good grades. Get a job. Be happy. Unfortunately that’s rarely how it unfolds.

We can live our purpose today.

I’m not suggesting that our current education system doesn’t do any good. It does teach us the basic necessities.  However, much of what we learn in school is not practical in the real world.

Where are the courses on blogging? Where are the money management courses? Where are the classes dedicated to eradicate poverty? Where are the classes that help us find our purpose?

Our current education system places too much emphasis on the A (and in my country, we have an A+, parents pressurizing to have it anyhow!)and not enough emphasis on unleashing the promise that lies in each and every one of us.

Education Through Reading And Experience

One of the most startling shortcomings of our current education system, is the lack of relevant reading. We are forced to read (A.K.A sparknote) ancient  text that we often find difficult to understand.

All this does is encourage a distaste for reading.

I’m not suggesting that ancient texts such as Shakespeare (Macbeth etc.) don’t have any value, however what the students read should be up to them.

“But wait! Then they will just be reading the latest trash.”

To which I reply ” Yes, but at least they will be reading.”

Our top priority must be to instill a passion for reading. The progress of humanity depends on it.

A number of my friends routinely say ” I hate reading”

And I always reply, ” You just haven’t found the right book.”

For reading to complement education like it needs to, the books we read must be relevant to us. Not our teachers, not our parents, but us. Each book should be likened to a puzzle piece completing our soul.

Our current education system is putting too much effort into things that don’t matter. Busy work. Perfect grammar.  Memorization. All of which does nothing for us 10 years down the road.

Over the past 4 years I have read close to 100 books. Only 15 of those books being school related.

Those 75 books (OK I’m rounding here) I read outside of school completely transformed me. My philosophy, my attitude, who I am today, all stem from the numerous books I devoured.

Education is about unleashing one’s confidence. Education is learning from failure. Education is growing from experience. Education is discovering your passions then pursuing them.

Education is not rote memorization. Education is not analyzing books that have no meaning to you. Education is not wasting your time on subjects you hate. Education is not being paralyzed because your afraid to fail.

Having attended a prestigious school in Lucknow,  India, I can honestly say I have learned more from bringing my thoughts together, going to various competitions, and making friends from around the world, then I ever have in a classroom.

Education is meant to be enlightening. Reading and experience are the key.

Finding Your Purpose

Education is meant to help us find our passion, our purpose in life. Unfortunately, our current education system fails miserably.

We’ve been told:

You have to go to college to be successful. After that you have to go to grad-school. Make sure you get all A’s or you will fail.

Instead of embracing education many students (including myself) have adopted a mindset to just survive.

We’re so used to being told who we can or cannot be, many us don’t even know who we actually want to be.

All the education in the world is worthless if you never unlock what makes your heart beat.

Again, I have nothing against college or even grad-school for that matter. In fact I believe both can offer tremendous benefit to our being.

The problem lies in the fact that we’ve been told that you have to do this, you have to do that, in order to become successful.

Who says life has to be a linear line?

The traditional life time line:

High School: College: Grad-School: Job ( you most likely hate): Retire: Die

Why not:

High School: Find Your Purpose: Love Your Job: Live your life. Die Happy?

The latter sounds more enticing to me.

Education is all about growth,  it’s about experience, it’s about creating authentic relationships. It’s about being human. It’s about connecting with humanity.

Our current education system is inherently flawed. Times are changing. We must stop obsessing over becoming “book smart” and instead focus on unleashing our passions.

Without living out our passions we just add to the clutter of the world.

When we choose security, we sacrifice our passions, killing part of us in the process.

I have tremendous faith that the answers to today’s problems of the world: poverty, war, and disease, will be solved by the youth of today not because they are smart but because they follow their passions.

Enough Is Enough

I know I speak for millions of students around the world when I say:

We’re tired of being told we’re not good enough. We’re tired of doing mindless work that only adds stress to our lives. We’re tired of feeling unworthy just because we fail to meet the expectations of the A+ poster child.

We’re tired of being told who we can or can not be. Shouldn’t we decide that for ourselves?

We need to be inspired. We need to be encouraged. We need to spend time doing things we love. We want to change the world.

Is that too much to ask?

So many students fail to realize their potential because a simple grade tells them they have none. They receive a D and thus feel they are worthless and have nothing to contribute to this world. This defeats the whole purpose of education. Education is meant to build not destroy.

In no way am I suggesting getting good grades is a bad thing; that would be foolish. Getting good grades is not the problem. Allowing grades to dictate one’s life is.

Grades don’t guarantee success.

Passion + Determination + Positive Attitude = Success

I’ll give you an A+ if you transform the world  :-)

What are your thoughts on our current education system? What do you think must be done? I encourage you to share your comments in the comment section below.

It’s obvious our current education system needs major reform, until then however, it can proudly boast a fat D- on its fridge.

Editors Note: In no way is this post attempting to bash the educators of our world (whom I am eternally grateful for) but rather the education system as a whole.

48 Laws of Power

Hello everyone!

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These days I’m reading this book, ‘48 Laws of Power‘ by Robert Green. I came to know about this book last May 2009, but couldn’t get an opportunity to read it yet. Then, I decided to download eBook (hehe! Who buys the book if Internet is there!;) and started reading it.

The 48 Laws of Power is a 1998 book by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers. The book shares thematic elements with Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince and has been compared to Sun-Tzu’s classic treatise The Art of War.

The book often uses some ideas, principles and thoughts which may seem amoral at first, but if deeply brainstormed, one does understands that they definitely hold a great value.

I am appalled by this book- I hope to read some more practical books like this, which do not blurt out only about idealistic approach towards the life. Well, the book does have an idealistic approach, for these ideas were formed since ages by thinkers and philosophers, but what I truly mean is … there are a number of books which are specifically asking you to be good, be successful..but a very few (like this book), do talk about the reality of the world.

I suggest my readers to definitely give it a reading. For their ease, I enlist all 48 laws here, so that they themselves can understand it better:

THE LAWS

  • Law 1 Never Outshine the Master
  • Law 2 Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies
  • Law 3 Conceal your Intentions
  • Law 4 Always Say Less than Necessary
  • Law 5 So Much Depends on Reputation. Guard it with your Life
  • Law 6 Court Attention at all Cost
  • Law 7 Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit
  • Law 8 Make other People come to you, use Bait if Necessary
  • Law 9 Win through your Actions, Never through Argument
  • Law 10 Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky
  • Law 11 Learn to Keep People Dependent on You
  • Law 12 Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm your Victim
  • Law 13 When Asking for Help, Appeal to People’s Self-Interest, Never to their Mercy or Gratitude
  • Law 14 Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy
  • Law 15 Crush your Enemy Totally
  • Law 16 Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor
  • Law 17 Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability
  • Law 18 Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself. Isolation is Dangerous
  • Law 19 Know Who You’re Dealing with. Do Not Offend the Wrong Person
  • Law 20 Do Not Commit to Anyone
  • Law 21 Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker. Seem Dumber than your Mark
  • Law 22 Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power
  • Law 23 Concentrate Your Forces
  • Law 24 Play the Perfect Courtier
  • Law 25 Re-Create Yourself
  • Law 26 Keep Your Hands Clean
  • Law 27 Play on People’s Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following
  • Law 28 Enter Action with Boldness
  • Law 29 Plan All the Way to the End
  • Law 30 Make your Accomplishments Seem Effortless
  • Law 31 Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards you Deal
  • Law 32 Play to People’s Fantasies
  • Law 33 Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew
  • Law 34 Be Royal in your Own Fashion: Act like a King to be treated like one
  • Law 35 Master the Art of Timing
  • Law 36 Disdain Things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best Revenge
  • Law 37 Create Compelling Spectacles
  • Law 38 Think as you like but Behave like others
  • Law 39 Stir up Waters to Catch Fish
  • Law 40 Despise the Free Lunch
  • Law 41 Avoid Stepping into a Great Man’s Shoes
  • Law 42 Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter
  • Law 43 Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others
  • Law 44 Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect
  • Law 45 Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform too much at Once
  • Law 46 Never appear Perfect
  • Law 47 Do not go Past the Mark you Aimed for; In Victory, Learn when to Stop
  • Law 48 Assume Formlessness