Robert Greene – Power, Seduction & War

Author Robert Greene talks about the reaction to his best-selling books “The 48 Laws of Power” and “The Art of Seduction”, what he learned from rapper 50 Cent when co-writing “The 50th Law”, how Machiavelli was never a powerful man, and why it is most important to first know yourself and then follow your instincts.

“Some people understand that I’m not advocating crushing your enemy totally.” – Robert Greene (03:23)

“Who I love is Napolean Bonaparte who exemplifies more of the Asian philosophy.” – Robert Greene (05:33)

“The classic example is Vietnam, there you have two forms of warfare.” – Robert Greene (05:56)

“50 Cent is so confident and calm and full of power.” – Robert Greene (09:16)

“Because he came so close to death nothing phases 50 Cent.” – Robert Greene (10:11)

“Powerful people take a step back.” – Robert Greene (13:53)

“That ability to step back and look at yourself and be aware that’s the cutting edge.” – Robert Greene (14:18)

“I’ve been studying people like Napolean, Louis XIV, 50 Cent.” – Robert Greene (14:44)

“I have in the book Freddie Roach as one of the masters.” – Robert Greene (15:24)

“You need to know yourself so well and follow that.” – Robert Greene (18:07)

“They did these studies on people in chess and music and sports that after 10,000 hours the brain is operating on a different level.” – Robert Greene (27:09)

“Machiavelli was never a powerful man.” – Robert Greene (34:57)

“I’m not the CEO, I’m the man behind the throne whispering into his ear telling him what he needs to do.” – Robert Greene (37:00)

“Young people are often too much in a hurry to make it” – Robert Greene (42:01)

“That’s a great question because I did a lot of psychedelics.” – Robert Greene (44:10)

“If I was born in a different environment I definitely would have been a drug dealer.” – Brian Rose (55:24)

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Jonah Kame

Thanks Brian! what a great interview despite that silly question/comment about ‘testosterone’ from the other guy.

Anton Sh

Wow, Thank you for this!


Robert Greene – superb writer, great personality, I am so happy to come accross his books.
Brian – good job, as always.
Excellent interview.

Gabriele Farei

Amazing interview!

Tabitha Jayne
Tabitha Jayne

Read the 48 laws of power years ago and never realized just how much asian influences were behind them. Key takeaway from this is that it’s bad strategy to go to war and that making peace with death frees you to do extraordinary things in life 🙂

Mike Paritee
Mike Paritee

Missed this one the first time around, I am very glad I had the chance to experience it now.

Enming Wang

Brilliant interview, love it!