The Art of War: Weak Points and Strong

“Appear at points which the enemy must hasten to defend; march swiftly to places where you are not expected. “

Greetings Barbarians, good days and pleasant nights! I hope that all is well and that your days are full of courage and freedom. As we all know, good looks are always relative like the other things in life. Someone or something will always be superior or inferior depending on what you compare it to. That is just reality, but the inferior can always better position itself to be superior in many ways possible. There are many things to improve upon, and many ways to do it. The only problem is how to recognize those weakness and strengths.

Previously on my The Art of War series, we talked about resources: how to make good use of it, how to manage it, the different approaches, how to use it in combination, and how to hide it. Resources make our wheels turn, whether it be our money, our time, our friends and family. Almost everything in your lives can be considered a resource, down to your emotions.

Today, I want to talk about establishing strengths and weaknesses; on what can be perceived as strong or weak. So without any more delays, I present to you my interpretation of Chapter 6 of Sun Tzu’s The Art of war.

Taking Initiative

“Sun Tzu said: Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.”

This puts emphasis on being proactive in life, instead of being reactive. I have seen this trend on YouTube, wherein there is always a reaction to somebody else’s business. While it is clever to have a response about some things, it is futile to react to almost everything. Remember that people who can incite strong reactions over you, have control over you. So be proactive, do what needs to be done and react later. Your life would be much better if you could just take the first step, instead of sitting around and waiting for something to react to. Let your actions be with purpose.

Choosing Moments

“You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended. You can ensure the safety of your defense if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked.”

Again, I know this is getting repetitive but improve yourself up to the point that the hard becomes easy, the impenetrable becomes penetrable, and the unbeatable becomes beatable. Keep yourself busy on improving and look for any opportunity to strike, go for quick and easy. One small victory may not be enough, but keep in mind that it all stack up. Step by step without overreaching, closer and closer until the goal is within arm’s reach. Weigh any opportunity that is presented to you; be wary of misleading events (baits) in life. Have more than one approach in everything (direct and indirect), and make any sort of contingency plan; avoid putting all your eggs in one basket. Be wise and leave very little room for mistakes.

Knowing and Secrecy

“By discovering the enemy’s dispositions and remaining invisible ourselves, we can keep our forces concentrated, while the enemies must be divided.”

Like I always say, not everything should be announced to the world. Let your intent be impenetrable by the light, and learn to move along with the shadows. Have superior knowledge in what you are up against, take time to study whatever endeavor you are undertaking. Knowing what is easy and vulnerable for us to attack, while concealing our true forces makes us very difficult to predict. By appearing more or less than what we actually are, already makes us very difficult to read. And having superior knowledge about what you are up against gives you enough time to make plans and be prepared.

Understanding Them

“Though according to my estimate the soldiers of Yueh exceed our own in number, that shall advantage them nothing in the matter of victory. I say then that victory can be achieved.”

I said from my previous posts that life is a numbers game, effective use of numbers to be exact. Life is filled with stories on how a small underdog takes on a larger, bigger crowd favorite. A large number is nothing without its effective use, and a small effective number can easily tackle a larger but mismanaged number. Thou it is unwise to directly approach a challenge that you know will overwhelm you, you can use strategies and maneuvers to better position yourself in your approach. Learn to arouse emotions and court attention when needed; remember that the one who can incite such strong emotions from you, controls you. Have a realistic outlook in every situation, know when you are weaker and know when you are favorable.

Conceal Tactics

“In making tactical dispositions, the highest pitch you can attain is to conceal them; conceal your dispositions, and you will be safe from the prying of the subtlest spies, from the machinations of the wisest brains.”

Learn whom to trust and how to keep secrets; the more important it is the more should avoid revealing it. Make yourself aware of the conditions and positions of your goal in order to act accordingly, and be aware of any feints or misdirection thrown in your way. Learn how to see what is underneath the surface, and look at the grander scheme of things in order to make intelligent predictions.

Varying Tactics

“Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.”

On my previous posts, I talk about how predictability can lead to vulnerability. Innovation is a critical part of any success, and having the ability to surprise everyone is an advantage. Avoid using the same approach over and over again, and continue to evolve and adjust to each situation. Avoid a hasty approach, remember that positioning is everything. Do not rush towards a rock; we all know that does not always end well. Have the capability to do what is needed to be done, and have the wisdom to know what was needed to be done. Adapt, be ready to make adjustments. Sometimes, not everything goes according to plan and unforeseen developments are likely to happen. Be decisive in your actions but treat the environment with ambiguity, learn to observe, orient, decide, and act. Like I said learn to look for what is underneath, even the most complex systems can be broken down to its basic principles and try to understand those principles. Work such insights into your advantage.

So there you have it, the way to establish strengths and weaknesses as well as working around the strength and weaknesses of others. On how to take initiative and its importance, taking opportunities, the importance of being well informed and keeping secrets, in having a good understanding of every situation and of what is underneath the surface, of concealing intentions and varying actions.

Now that you reached up to this point, I am surprised that I did not bore you out. But I am glad that you did, and now I ask you very nicely to give this post a like. And If you still are not subscribed, then what the hell are you waiting for, and go click on the subscribe button. We, the writers and content creators would appreciate it so much. Also please feel free to write your comments below, I would love to hear your thoughts and maybe say “Hi!”. You know t I love to have a conversation or two with you guys.

Until next time, this is your favorite barbarian signing off and telling you to always remember to “Live life with COURAGE and FREEDOM!”

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  1. I think using this philosophy is likely good for dealing with enemies or others who may be on the other side of the fence, but dealing with potential relationship people may need to be dealt with differently. It is important to get past that first warm and fuzzy feeling and talk to each other about life values and goals, whether you want children or not, and whether you each want a career, whether you want that family home, or whether you want to lead a more adventuresome life with perhaps a tiny home or even to live in an RV and travel. Do you see yourselves having outside entertainment to go to or will you be happy to stay at home and work on home projects or home entertainment? Is she the kind of person who likes to be able to dress stylishly or is she comfortable in blue jeans and shirts? What kind of relationship did her mother and father have and how did they live? I have heard it said that when you get married, in large part you are marrying her mother, and she is marrying your family in behaviors and beliefs.

    So it is important to make sure you are understanding what you are getting into. Everyone looks and feels wonderful in that “golden glow” period of a relationship. So I think it is important to look at some of these issues up front and talk to each other about these issues. The woman may want to stay at home and have you be the working partner, or again, she may be very professional, and want each of you to manage your money separately, perhaps each of you paying half for rent or mortgage, etc., but each of you basically managing your own. These things can really wreck a relationship when the two of you are not on the same page. Now I am not a young person, at least not in years, and I have been through a lot of relationships and have seen and experienced all of these things. Thank you very kindly. I like the philosophy you put out there for the right things. We just have to know when they fit and when they don’t. Thank you kindly.

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    1. Hi Anne! Thank you for commenting. I really appreciate your input.

      As I previously said in the previous part of this series. A man’s life is of challenge, and the purpose of my interpretation of the book is to provide men (even women) a way to overcome such challenges may it be financial, professional, or even the overall quality of their lives.

      And yes, relationships matter as I specified in on the 1st chapter of the series under The Moral Law. It is a constant in every victory to have the support of people, not just romantic relationships.

      I really appreciate your time to comment and I would love to hear more from you. Cheers!

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  2. “Live life with courage and freedom” YES! I love that, Mr. A. Good advice in this piece.
    I wanted to stop by and say thanks for the follow on I Write Her. I hope you enjoy my thoughts. 🙂 Have a good day!

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    1. Thank you! But Sun Tzu deserves all the credit. I am just merely relating his teachings to a more modern application based on life’s experience.

      To Sun Tzu, cheers!


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