I was given a book by one of my teachers which was titled, “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. Never having an interest in reading military based books, I however had it put away for a long period of time. Not like I would be going into war, given that there are much much more interesting books such as twilight and fifty shades of Grey etc, why bother with a tiny book that teaches you how the Chinese fought during an era where they used swords, spheres and horses to fight?
A sudden thought of reading the book rooted within and I began to read it. had I not read it, I would have not known the weight of the great saying “Never judge a book by it’s cover”. The Art of War by Sun Tzu is not just a mere war book. it is a book that teaches you life. it made me realize that life itself is a war. This book teaches you how to fight it in a way that is obviously beyond average. Therefore I though it would be only right if I shared parts of the book which I found quite appealing in fighting life battles.
- Can’t convince? very well, then confuse!
“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”
Deception is a beauty in winning wars and quite entertaining as well if you know how to do it right. In society not everyone will be in your favor. This society is nothing different to the all famous hunger games. So the more misty you are, the less confident people will be with regard to what you are capable of and not capable of. Let’s be realistic, as humans we are all deceptive at one point or the other. But the point here is that; the best wins. That is why it’s named The ART of War.
2. Don’t underestimate the power of UNDERSTANDING!
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
Well here three things a explained clearly.
- If you understand yourself and your enemy, winning the battle would be at you best advantage.
- If you understand yourself, but not your enemy, you will probably be looking at only a possibility of winning,
- If you understand neither yourself nor your enemy, well then you are might as well be dead.
What is illustrated here is the power of understanding. You can’t navigate your ship unless you have an understanding of the direction of the wind. To understand is power. Unfortunately, that’s what most people lack. They are swift to judge and slow to understand. Know why? because not everyone has what it takes to understand. So develop the skill of understanding and you are at an advantage.
3. You want to live? then learn how to twist and turn!
“Do not engage an enemy more powerful than you. And if it is unavoidable and you do have to engage, then make sure you engage it on your terms, not on your enemy’s terms.”
This is one of my personal favorites. It is not wise to get into the bad books of a higher powers even if you have to grit your teeth. But then again, there comes a point where there is no alternative but to battle the demons. This is when you play your cards wise. Don’t show what you have in hand, the less your enemy knows of you, the stronger your hold is. Come to an agreement on your terms convincing the other it’s for their benefit. It’s a win win. They are happy, you are happy, no bloodshed.
“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.”
You see, if you take the the annotate “There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.” it means that, primary colors are Blue, Yellow, Red, White and Black. But if you mix Blue and Yellow you can get Green. So it’s about composition. Using what you got in hand and building somethings novel. Obviously if the novelty and innovation is yours, would the enemy expect it? No! most probably the chances are less. It is important to first know your grounding. Then it is important to be original. That makes a great win. Basics are things every average person would and will posses. But what you make out of it is what makes you win.
5. You just have to look for it!
“In the midst of chaos there is also opportunity”
Well chaos is only chaos if we see and stick to it. Even our worst nightmare can be converted in to our best advantage. opportunity is everywhere. Most of the time in life we get caught up in anxiety, doubt, fear that arise due to what we see as problems that we don’t see the opportunity that lies within. If we have the right mind and heart, nothing is at our disadvantage. Even if it is, there is opportunity to make it into our advantage.
Well, I think this book is brilliant for anyone who need a bit of brain stimulation to strategic life and wanting to make a mark. Not to mention, The Art of War is one of the oldest and most successful books on military strategy in the world. It has been the most famous and influential of China’s Seven Military Classics: “for the last two thousand years it remained the most important military treatise in Asia, where even the common people knew it by name. It has had an influence on Eastern military thinking, business
tactics and beyond.
The book by Sun Tzu gives much more insight than what I have mentioned. However what is mentioned are my personal picks. I believe that this is a book which is like a defensive weapon when it comes to combating life.
Not to mention Sun Tzu also stated one key factor.
“You have to believe in yourself.”
May the odds be in your favor!