“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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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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