Law 35: Master the Art of Timing

The 48 Laws Of Power Summary Series

“Never seem to be in a hurry — hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time. Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually. Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to power. Learn to stand back when the time is not yet ripe, and to strike fiercely when it has reached fruition.”

To take control of one’s emotion, is to take control over time.

1. Long Time

It’s waiting patiently for the opportunity instead of wanting it too fast.
This occurs in sporting competition frequently.

Do not be a one hit wonder flash in the pan that’s so impatient for success you sacrifice integrity and self respect for temporary glory.

2. Forced Time

“Making people wait is a powerful way of forcing time, as long as they not figure out what you are up to. You control the clock, they linger in limbo — and rapidly come unglued, opening up opportunities for you to strike.

The opposite effect is equally powerful: You make your opponents hurry. Start off your dealings with them slowly, then suddenly apply pressure, making them feel that everything is happening at once. People who lack the time to think will make mistakes — so set their deadlines for them.”

Joseph Duveen, between 1927 and 1933, was a British art dealer, considered one of the most influential art dealers of all time.
Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst

Modern Day Application Of Forced Time

“[They] close off the vistas of indecision and force people to make up their damn minds or get to the point”

3. End Time

Personally I try to operate a lot of my life using the ‘end time’ concept. It’s the nature to which I attack life.


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