Mastering The Laws Of Human Nature with Robert Greene on What Got You There with Sean Delaney

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Key Takeaways 

  • Writers need to break away from the tendency of writing books that are similar and indistinguishable from each other
  • Realize what makes you different and create a niche
  • Steps to finding your niche:
    • 1.  Discover your uniqueness
    •  2. Be fearless and believe in yourself
    •  3. Develop skills
    •  4. Bounce back from adversity 
  • Think of your audience when you’re writing and connect to them
  • “The most important lesson is, if you’re starting a business, keep in mind that you are the one creating the culture. It all starts from you, your spirit, your mentality, your attitude”- Robert Greene
  • Just because you are more successful than others in a certain area, doesn’t mean you’re better than others
  • Humans are social animals but our culture is becoming more self-absorbed which increases narcissism and diminishes empathy

Intro:

Robert Greene (t: @RobertGreene) is a New York Times bestselling author known for his books on strategy, power, and seduction. He has written six international bestsellers.

Facing Challenges 

  • Robert’s primary challenge early in life was figuring out what he wanted to do
  • The discouraging comments of others and his own inner dialogue added to the challenge of writing his first book
  • “When the challenge is a half-step above you, all of your energy, your determination, your resolve, your creativity, will come into play and you will rise to the occasion” – Robert Greene
  • Robert is recovering from his stroke and puts in several hours of physical therapy every day
  • “I just have to tell myself, you know, the little things, you’re still alive, you still have your brain, you’re still able to write another book” – Robert Greene

Finding A Niche 

  • Realize what makes you different and create a niche
  • A problem many writers have is that each book they write is very similar and indistinguishable from each other
  • “Your power lies in your uniqueness and individuality.” – Robert Greene
  • Robert credits his life experience to helping him be different
  • His previous experience includes, journalism, attempting novels, and writing in Hollywood
  • Steps to finding your niche:
    • 1.  Discover your uniqueness
    •  2. Be fearless and believe in yourself
    •  3. Develop skills
    •  4. Bounce back from adversity 
  • “I always try and make my next book a challenge so that when I start the book I go, damn this is going to be a little bit hard” – Robert Greene
  • Everyone has a dark side of their personality – acknowledge it and use your dark energy instead of repressing
  • Conscientiousness is a quality that helps ensure the value of your work 

Facing Your Internal Narrative 

  • Most writers have self-doubt where they wonder – can I pull off this idea?
  • Robert’s competitive spirit puts pressure on himself to succeed despite his massive success
  • “I’ve had six bestsellers, they’ve done very very well, and here I am now on my seventh book and I’m still going, damn this book isn’t going to work out” – Robert Greene

Robert’s Books 

  • The 48 Laws of Power – job experiences from his pre-writing life were his baseline research for the book on power and manipulation
  • “This isn’t just a book about white men in power, it’s about everybody in power”- Robert Greene
  • Robert was changed the most by the success of The 48 Laws of Power because it took him from being an obscure writer to gaining self-esteem 
  • The Laws of Human Nature, is about creating cultures
  • Entrepreneurs should foster an ability to correct mistakes as they create culture
  • “The most important lesson is, if you’re starting a business, keep in mind that you are the one creating the culture. It all starts from you, your spirit, your mentality, your attitude”- Robert Greene
  • The 33 Strategies of War required the most amount of thinking for Robert Greene because of the difficulty of the subject
  • The 50th Law – Robert’s book with 50 Cent – was a boost in his confidence because of the stressful timeline

Robert’s Thoughts on Human Nature

  • While researching material for The Laws of Human Nature, Robert recognized some of the negative qualities seen throughout the history of human nature, in himself
  • When you seem to be more successful than others in a certain area, it doesn’t mean you’re better than others
  • “The moment you start saying to yourself, Robert, I’m a great writer, is the moment that inner tension starts lessening” – Robert Greene
  • Self-doubt helps you to be motivated
  • Everyone has a dark side of their personality – acknowledge it and use your dark energy instead of repressing it
  • “What a great thing to take that kind of aggressive, bitter, angry energy that he (Kobe) had and channel it into winning a basketball game” – Robert Greene

Observe and Learn

  • Don’t just go through the motions; constantly observe and learn
  • Everything is an education in life
  • Conscientiousness is a quality that helps ensure the value of your work 
  • Always try to do the best job you can and learn from each experience

Empathy 

  • Humans are social animals but our culture is becoming more self-absorbed which increases narcissism and diminishes empathy
  • “If you transform yourself into someone who is able to get inside the minds of others and understand what they’re going through, their emotions, their predicaments, their problems, the whole world will open up for you” – Robert Greene
  • Think of your audience when you’re writing and connect to them

Robert’s Research Process 

  • Robert looks for stories that have a mythic quality to them
  • “They kind of transcend time and place, they have some sort of elemental drama to them. The human being where its either life or death or failure or success”- Robert Greene 
  • Robert’s mission for his books: appeal and connect to everybody, look for universal human concerns E.g. insecurities, fear of death, envy

The Importance of Self Awareness 

  • The truth is we don’t know who we are
  • People assume they are in control, but they are governed by unconscious impulses
  • You need to know who you are before you can change
  • “When you have your hands on all the different aspects of something, you see the global picture you’re going to be able to have a much better sense of the future” – Robert Greene

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