The Law of Power

The Law

The fundamental law of power is that it is situational, multifaceted, dynamic, and perishable.

Power is Situational

Power is without a doubt situational, a person who is very politically powerful, but having no wilderness knowledge or skills, find themselves alone in the middle will have less ability to save themselves, than an experienced woodsman.

Power is Multifaceted

Power has many attributes (social influence, mental reference, innate ability, and situation), which aggregate to provide the total of your power at in given time and in any given situation

Power is Dynamic

As a person’s situation changes, their ability to influence the situation can be increased, decreased, and/or lost.  Also, facets of power are not static but are morphed by change.

Power is Perishable

A person can, through inaction, lose the ability to influence a situation forever.

What is Power?

First and foremost, power is personal.  Our perception of a situation has much to do with our ability to affect a situation.  Therefore, power is each person’s ability to influence a situation.   When a person has no ability to influence their situation (even, if as a result of an inaccurate personal belief), they have no power.

Definition of Power

Power is each person’s ability and willingness to influence a situation.

Quote – Everyone according to their talent

French

A chacun selon sa capacité, à chaque capacité selon ses œuvres

English Translation

Everyone according to [their] talent, and every talent according to its works.

–French Proverb

Quote – Actions Speak

Actions speak louder than words.

— Proverb

we pay too much attention to reformers

…there is entirely too much attempt at reforming in the world and that we pay too much attention to reformers.

— Henry Ford

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The thing to do is to work

The natural thing to do is to work—to recognize that prosperity and happiness can be obtained only through honest effort.

— Henry Ford

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It is better to be skeptical of all new ideas

It is better to be skeptical of all new ideas and to insist upon being shown rather than to rush around in a continuous brainstorm after every new idea.

— Henry Ford

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