“Humans are creatures of habit with an insatiable need to see familiarity in other people’s actions. Your predictability gives them a sense of control. Turn the tables: Be deliberately unpredictable. Behavior that seems to have no consistency or purpose will keep them off- balance and they will wear themselves out trying to explain your moves. Taken to an extreme, this strategy can intimidate and terrorize.”
Greene likens this law a lot to the game of chess. The beauty about the game of chess is that you don’t know what your opponent is going to do next. It’s inherently unpredictable.
Professional players will try and predict their opponents’ next move and make an educated decision based on their analysis. Not knowing what’s going to happen next is synonymous of life. Not knowing what another’s next move creates, as this law states, “a state of terror”. Resulting in the combination of uncertainty, confusion and mystery.
This gives opportunists the upper hand because if another doesn’t know what you’re going to do next, you hold the cards and you can make the offensive move first. To win this game of life you have to be supremely patient; you must also possess enough foresight to plan ahead. The game is built on patterns. These patterns and sequences have been played before and will be played again, only this time, with slight alterations.