Everybody admires the BOLD| No one honors the timid
LAW 28: Enter action with BOLDNESS
These are some of the opening words of Law 28: Enter action with Boldness from Robert Greene’s notorious classic ‘The 48 Laws of Power’. It is a fundamental law of life that those who are bold tend to be more successful, and attain more attention during the process. The legends of most fields share a common quality of boldness when it comes to achieving what they want. Boldness is a trait that allows you to be distinguished from the crowd easily, and to impose your will in many circumstances.
What is Boldness?
Boldness is a sense of fearlessness and supreme confidence. It is a rarely seen in people because of its implications; being bold entails putting yourself on the line. Boldness can also be seen as being too confrontational, people rarely act this way out of fear of being impolite, and facing judgement. People tend to admire the bold, because they see the quality of confidence in bold people that they wish they could cultivate in themselves.
No one honors the timid
No one honors the timid because timidity is synonymous with weakness. Timid people have low self esteem and do not feel that they are worthy of good things. These people tend to self-sabotage themselves, and then blame it on others. Timidity is common, and is found in much greater abundance than boldness. For every 10 anime nerds there will be one bold guy busy imposing his will on the world. This is a tough world, it is not a fair world, no one ever makes it to the top silently.
The Bold always Win
Have you ever seen a small bird chasing after a larger bird that is three times its size? This happens often, what the bird lacks in size it makes up for in boldness. There is something intimidating about someone who refuses to back down. These people make us second guess ourselves, we wonder ‘what is the source of their power?’. It is not only the animal kingdom that awards boldness, business, and politics are greatly influenced by bold moves. Sometimes audacious actions that might disappoint some are needed to attain your goals. Remember you will never be able to please everybody regardless of what you do. Zig Ziglar famously said ” There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic”, so why would you bother to try please them?
The timid are left behind
A classic case of the timid being left behind is the case of the dreaded ‘friend zone’. Many males who have chosen the path of timidity make the mistake of choosing to be nice, and never taking any risks in regards to flirting with their crush. The result is always disastrous as the timid males beloved can always sense the weakness in him. She never rejects him because he is too nice, she rejects him because he does not have the backbone to make bold moves. To add insult to injury the timid males crush generally ends up with some bold “asshole”, who was willing to go after what he wanted fearlessly.
If you want to learn more make sure you check out Robert Greene’s best selling book ’48 Laws of Power’, to dig deeper into the games of power that are always being played in life.