Jun 25, 2019
In episode 305, Robert Greene, author of the famous "48 Laws of
Power", joined us in a conversation to discuss his latest book "The
Laws of Human Nature". We dived deep in Robert's background and how
he was inspired to write the "48 Laws of Power" and subsequently
his other books that led eventually to "The Laws of Human Nature".
We discuss how business leaders can learn to lead in difficult
times and how to navigate the current climate of populism by
understanding the laws of human nature.
Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion
(with time-stamps included):
- Robert Greene
(@RobertGreene, LinkedIn), author of “The
Laws of Human Nature”, “48 Laws
of Power”, “33
Strategies of War”, “The Art
of Seduction”, “Mastery” and
50th Law” with 50 cent aka Curtis Jackson. [0:19]
did you start your career? [1:03]
is the inspiration behind your first book “48 Laws of Power” and
what is the lesson that you want the reader to understand from the
you surprised by the book’s popularity with the business community
when it was first launched? [7:58]
often enjoyed the style of how you have presented your books with
the principle followed by a story that illustrate the principle,
does that mean to you that stories are the best ways to explain
difficult concepts such as power, leadership and mastery to your
- Does the choice of historical examples help to have the reader
to take detached view on the concepts? [12:21]
are the interesting life lessons you can share with my audience?
Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene [15:44]
did you decide to write the book “The Laws of Human Nature”?
are the major themes behind this book? [17:56]
the laws of human nature immutable given that our history keeps
showing that we often repeat making the same mistakes over and over
again the same in essence but different in context?
- Do you see that technology is an amplifier to the laws of human
nature rather than an enabler that allows us to break out of them?
are the three laws in the book that you believe are important to
those who are in business? [26:58]
seems that the geopolitical landscape in the world is starting to
shift significantly where most people are becoming more
nationalistic and starting to prefer populism over facts, and
wealth gaps disparity are getting bigger in the present, how does
your book help us to understand the current world as it is now?
you think that there will be any more additional laws of human
nature which you will insert into the book in the future?
- Closing [39:29]
you recommend a book or movie or podcast or anything which recently
made an impact to your work and personal life? [39:52]
can my audience find you? [41:02]
The show is hosted by Bernard Leong
(@bernardleong & weibo) and are sponsored by
Ideal Workspace (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) with their new Altizen Desk (Twitter, Facebook, Medium). Sound credits for the intro
music: Taro Iwashiro, "The Beginning" from Red Cliff Soundtrack and
this episode is edited by Carol Yin, and co-produced by Carol Yin
and Bernard Leong.