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About The Art of War Book

"There's not a dated maxim or vague prescription in it." — Newsweek

Regarded as the world's oldest military treatise, this compact volume has instructed officers and tacticians for more than 2,000 years. From its origins in China, The Art of War traveled the world to inform the strategies of Napoleon and World War II generals. More recently, it has taken on a new life as a guide to competing successfully in business, law, and sports.
All of The Art of War's concepts retain their value to modern readers, from the prudence of circumventing a strong opponent and taking advantage of a weak one to the wisdom of preparedness and flexibility. Other topics include strategy, tactics, maneuvering, communications, the treatment of soldiers, and the worth of well-trained officers. History enthusiasts, business thought leaders, and anyone intrigued by competition and rivalry will appreciate this elegant edition of the classic work.

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The Art of War by Sun Tzu

#1. LET YOUR PLANS BE DARK AND IMPENETRABLE AS NIGHT, AND WHEN YOU MOVE, FALL LIKE A THUNDERBOLT

Devote significant time in planning for any project. And more importantly, use deception. Many people get over excited on starting a new project and fail to fool-proof it, ultimately giving your rival an advantage. Your buisness should be seen as struggling to your rivals until you reach a point where you're outperforming them. "When you're near, you must make the enemy belive, you're far away."

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#2. THE QUALITY OF DECISION IS LIKE THE WELL-TIMED SWOOP OF A FALCON WHICH ENABLES IT TO STRIKE AND DESTROY ITS VICTIM

Sun Tzu says, it is extremely important to choose the timing of when to engage the enemy. Having a good strategy is must, but appropriate timing of it's implementation is essential for it's success. Like in marketing, it is important to pay attention to what is happening in a market before entering it, and to stay on top of trends, responding to them in real-time.

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#3. IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS, THERE IS OPPORTUNITY

Every conflict creates an oppurtunity. Warren Buffet says, the best time to invest is when everyone sells out of fear & prices hit the floor, maximizing the value of your investment. So, as a leader continue to make strongly informed, rational decisions and not decisions based on emotions. Sun Tzu suggests that, remain calm and clear minded during chaos.

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The Art of War is not really about war per se but about how to be wise when it comes to our daily life battles.

“Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.”

― SUN TZU, THE ART OF WAR

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Summary

Summary

It's a book of conflict knowledge and tactics revolving around several key concepts, including:

  • Knowing when to fight and when not to fight.
  • Knowing how to mislead the enemy.
  • Knowing oneself and one's enemy.

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If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected .”

― SUN TZU, THE ART OF WAR

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Every man needs to learn these lessons to dominate in life. Life is a battlefield. Endless competition

8 Life Lessons Every Man NEEDS - The Art Of War ( Sun Tzu )

8 Life Lessons Every Man NEEDS - The Art Of War ( Sun Tzu )

By considering these points, one can approach life's battles with a strategic mindset, adapting to ever-changing circumstances, understanding opponents, and leveraging opportunities for success.

  1. Life is a constant battle that requires adaptability
  2. Knowing yourself and understanding your opponent
  3. Understanding the enemy and striking their weakness
  4. Adapting strategy to changing circumstances
  5. Achieving victory without direct conflict through deception
  6. Emotions have no place in strategy
  7. Taking advantage of chaos
  8. The value of true friendships

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1. Life is a constant battle that requires adaptability:

1. Life is a constant battle that requires adaptability:

This suggests that life is challenging and dynamic, and in order to succeed, one must be able to adapt to changing circumstances.

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2. Knowing yourself and understanding your opponent:

2. Knowing yourself and understanding your opponent:

It is essential to have self-awareness and an understanding of one's strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. Additionally, understanding your opponent's objectives, traits, habits, and biases can provide a strategic advantage.

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“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”

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“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

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“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.”

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’’Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when your weak.’’

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The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without figthing.

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The greatest victory is that which 

requiers no battle.

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Art of War

The art of war is of vital importance to the state. it is a matter of life and death, a road either to saferity or to ruin, hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.

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Factors governing Art of War

  1. The art of war is governed by five factors,which are the moral law, heaven, earth, the commander and method & discipline.
  2. These five heads should be familier to every general , he who knows will be victorious, he who knows them will not fail.

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Attack by stratagem

In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact, to shatter and destroy , it is not so good.

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#1. LET YOUR PLANS BE DARK AND IMPENETRABLE AS NIGHT, AND WHEN YOU MOVE, FALL LIKE A THUNDERBOLT

Devote significant time in planning for any project. And more importantly, use deception. Many people get over excited on starting a new project and fail to fool-proof it, ultimately giving your rival an advantage. Your buisness should be seen as struggling to your rivals until you reach a point where you're outperforming them. "When you're near, you must make the enemy belive, you're far away."

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#2. THE QUALITY OF DECISION IS LIKE THE WELL-TIMED SWOOP OF A FALCON WHICH ENABLES IT TO STRIKE AND DESTROY ITS VICTIM

Sun Tzu says, it is extremely important to choose the timing of when to engage the enemy. Having a good strategy is must, but appropriate timing of it's implementation is essential for it's success. Like in marketing, it is important to pay attention to what is happening in a market before entering it, and to stay on top of trends, responding to them in real-time.

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#3. IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS, THERE IS OPPORTUNITY

Every conflict creates an oppurtunity. Warren Buffet says, the best time to invest is when everyone sells out of fear & prices hit the floor, maximizing the value of your investment. So, as a leader continue to make strongly informed, rational decisions and not decisions based on emotions. Sun Tzu suggests that, remain calm and clear minded during chaos.

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Although it's written by war marshal but the age old advice are still useful in modern day conflicts in life and at workplace

Comparative Examination & Calculative Risk

Comparative Examination & Calculative Risk

  • Comparative examination isn't easy and may bruise your ego. But if you find you have a weakness, consider it a blessing because you can address the problem instead of remaining weak and unaware
  • Take short burst of action and long periods of practice and self-improvement. Don't chase after every petty matter and waste your energy
  • By removing yourself from the immediate, stressful situation, you also take out the emotion that often prompts you to make rash, thoughtless decisions.

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Conflict Management In Life

Conflict Management In Life

When tension erupts into conflict in your own life, the sooner you address and resolve it, the sooner you can mend your relationship with your opponent and get on with your life.

You can end conflicts quickly by having a clear idea of what you want to accomplish and then focusing all your efforts on accomplishing it. To ensure you don't waste time and prolong the conflict, take only those actions that help, and refuse to take actions that don't help. Your time is limited, as are your energy and resources. You are better off being frugal with all three.

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Objective Evaluation Of Conflict

Causing your adversary unnecessary suffering doesn't make your own situation any better. In fact, it might harm your position because it incites his or hatred of you. Once you put aside emotional cries for vengeance and retaliation, you are able to start making decisions impartially and will discover that you can improve your own strength and position without ruining your adversary.

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The Art of War is THE classic guide to military strategy that has inspired soldiers, politicians and business leaders worldwide for millennia. Its timeless (and time-tested) lessons in out thinking and outflanking your adversaries are as valuable in the boardroom as on the battlefield - by Chinese Qi Dynasty military general and master strategist, Sun Tzu

Chapter 1: Laying Plans

Moral Law – Moral law also known as the mission. It’s a unifying cause that helps armies follow leaders without question. Through moral law, you create common ground with your troops so they remain disciplined and follow you into battle, even if death is imminent.

Heaven and Earth – You know these as weather and terrain. Every successful strategist must prepare for unfavorable circumstances. From packing essential gear to scouting what lies ahead, considering and preparing for tough conditions is critical to ensuring success.

The Commander – The best leaders are benevolent and kind, yet without

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Chapter 1: Laying Plans

cowardice. They embody virtue and courage, marching into hostile territory. They enforce discipline and punish insubordination. Their strictness instills fear and respect. They assign duties fairly.

Method and Discipline – These elements help leaders avoid disorganization in their teams. According to Sun Tzu, proper method and discipline keep highways clear, prevent delays, and lead to victory. The best leaders divide their teams into proper ranks and subdivisions and rule them with iron command.

Sun Tzu also describes the importance of never underestimating your enemy.

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Chapter 2: Waging War

In this chapter, Sun Tzu reminds us that… “There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.”

Sun Tzu valued rapid victories over extended confrontations. Rapid victory is the essence of war.

To apply this concept to your life, think about how much effort it takes you to accomplish a task. Is the trade-off in time, effort, and energy worth the reward?

According to Sun Tzu, we should all take time to consider whether winning is really worth the cost. As he states, “In war, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.”

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"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting "

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  1. Before you attack a new challenge commit to a paying to price.

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2. Planning and preparation are the key to success.

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