September 19, 2022
“Avoid the False Alliance”
No one can get far in life without allies. The trick, however, is to recognize the difference between false allies and real ones. A false alliance is created out of an immediate emotional need. It requires that you give up something essential about yourself and makes it impossible for you to make your own decisions. A true alliance is formed out of mutual self-interest, each side supplying what the other cannot get alone. It does not require you to fuse your own identity with that of a group or pay attention to everyone else’s emotional needs. It allows you autonomy (and it supports your autonomy).
Daily Law: Cultivate real allies (advocates). Find those with mutual self-interests and make an alliance.
Source: Excerpt from “The Daily Laws” by Robert Greene.