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Very interesting interview with Robert Greene


Don Juan
Sep 30, 2005
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The 48 Laws of Power and Becoming a "Master"

From the description:

Bestselling Author Robert Greene joins Media Mayhem and discusses his famous Laws of Power and how they are used and abused by the entertainment and business worlds.

We talk about the Hollywood elite, working with 50 Cent and if Romney and Obama earn the title of masters, along with how to achieve success by not listening to your parents.

Robert Greene is a Los Angeles based author who wrote the international bestseller The 48 Laws of Power. He also wrote The Art of Seduction which has sold more than 500,000 copies, The 33 Strategies of War which has sold more than 200,000 copies and The 50th Law which he co-wrote with rapper 50 Cent
Greene's writing has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The New Yorker and many other publications.
His new book, Mastery, will be released on November 13, 2012.


00:01 Coming up on Media Mayhem.
00:51 Introducing Robert Greene.
02:28 Media backlash against The 48 Laws of Power, and Bill O'Reilly's wrath.
06:45 How violating the laws of power can harm people in the workplace.
09:10 Co-writing with 50 Cent and the appeal among the hip-hop community.
14:06 The cut throat world of hollywood studio execs and the laws of power.
15:46 Parallels with Sun Tzu and Hollywood.
21:02 The wisdom of Medici, Lincoln, and knowing how to charm enemies.
23:58 Holding on to intuition and staying focused on destiny.
29:24 The motivation of Steve Jobs and contemporary masters.
31:34 Building up skills to prepare for opportunity.
39:12 Living in an age where Mastery is attainable to almost anyone.
40:44 "Don't listen to your parents!" The cycle of accelerated returns.
43:38 Are Romney or Obama masters? The power of apprenticeship and adaptability.
48:45 Do we misidentify people as masters?
53:00 Enjoying what you do.
54:54 A special offer from Robert's website.
56:22 Thanks and Goodbye!


Thank you for posting this. I'm a big fan of Robert Greene's books. I own all of them, except for The Art of Seduction, which I flipped through in a book store and summed up as mental masturbation. After reading sosuave for years, TAOS seemed flat out stupid. It went way too in depth about nothing.

Here's my breakdown of the interview.

I thought that the interviewer really held him back when he was expanding on the 48 Laws. She would constantly cut him off when he was making points that I REALLY wanted to hear. I developed a disdain for her ass real quick.

Then she switched the interview over to Mastery. I changed my mind about the interviewer on this one. And she was probably doing Greene a favor by switching the topic over to his new book, which is the one he was trying to sell. You could tell that this was the book she was prepared for. She asked some of the questions that I would have asked. You could also tell that Robert Greene was in the early stages of interviews for his new book, because he was at a loss for words on a couple of occasions.

Then they got to the politics portion. That's where they started to lose me. It was obvious that it was a couple of liberals reinforcing each others opinions. He starts by giving Obama credit for being an apprentice, citing his lack of experience, of all things, as a reason he should be re-elected lol. Somehow, Obama is more capable of being a better President for his second term, because he's more open to change. lol. Isn't that why he was elected before his flailing first term?

He goes on to talk down on Mitt Romney for being a "salesman." Like that was the only thing Romney had ever accomplished. Neither one of them ever mentioned how Mitt Romney was the God Damned Governor of state. Maybe because that would have meant he had a much better apprenticeship than Obama ever had. How is community organizer an apprenticeship?

I stopped watching the video 10 minutes before it was over.