Notes On The 48 Laws Of Power: An Introduction

One of the most important concepts to grasp, at any phase of life, is power. Power over your life, career, and relationships. Merriam-Webster defines power as the ability to act or produce an effect; the possession of control, authority or influence over others; physical might; or a source or means of supplying energy. All four definitions vary yet each definition alludes to how some characteristics we should possess in our career.

Power over your personal career must begin the day you start first “real” job. The only way to advance is being completely selfish of the goals and dreams you have set for yourself since you are the only person to create the effect you desire. Now this is something that is easier said than done because work, and life, is full of distractions. These distractions may be overt, others more subtle, which is why you must recognize these signs.

Think back to your high school days where you had to learn to adapt to a very unique environment. Whether you were top of your class, a star athlete or someone who barely graduated, you experienced the highs and lows of interacting with others. Your goals may have shifted from month to month, or year to year, but you learned how to advance yourself through trial and error. The corporate world is no different. If you enter it thinking everyone will be your friend and help you out, you will be quickly disillusioned, therefore, never reaching your goals.

This article series will give you the do’s and don’ts of navigating your career in the corporate world. Every work environment is different, therefore, the more information you learn now, will help you later down the road. Recognizing the aspects of power will make you a strategic employee, who is ready for any challenge relationships may bring.