Power Hungry?

Part of the reason why “power” is a controversial subject is probably because the human hunger for power is said to be endless. Some of the most terrifying characters this planet has seen, came into power with too few people realizing how much power this person took before it was too late. We all know of someone in power, a boss, a sports coach, a professor or a partner, who abused this power or would have if we had permitted it.

It can be a very uncomfortable question to ask yourself -how power hungry are you? Our hunger for power is most commonly hidden away in the shadows along with other unpleasant or negative emotions and characteristics. It is seen as a vice – not a virtue – and gives images of seedy politicians, corruption and corporate scandals.

Still, power is a necessity for anyone who wants to make changes and improvements. The challenge is that even when we fight what we perceive as a “good cause”, this world is not always kind to the kind. As Machiavelli expressed it 500 years ago: “Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. Hence a prince who wants to keep his authority must learn how not to be good, and use that knowledge, or refrain from using it, as necessity requires.”