📖 Why I Decided to Read The Art of War (AoW):
AoW is a book that hits your radar but the first couple of times you hear about it you have no idea what it’s about. From my early adulthood I knew it was a book highly read in any leadership community & put it on my mental “To-Read” list. I was reading a recent article about the oil price war between Russia, Saudi, & the US. The article read:
“I can envisage Vladimir Putin opening his desk drawer and pulling out his specially embossed copy of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. Turning to the dog-eared page, he reminds himself of a key lesson: ‘You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended’”
Poignant words. I decided to order it off amazon for $7 that day. What you have to know is this is a mix of philosophy & strategy. AoW does not embrace or indulge the concept of war, but actually takes the stance that war should be avoided at all costs, but if you must proceed… here is how. (Note: should be avoided because it benefits few & often ends in a net loss)
The main take away from the book is it teaches you how to think & act in ways that maximize your chances of succeeding by pre-emptive action, sound decision making, & only taking risks when you’ve calculated & tipped them in your favor. Little did the Ancient Chinese King Arthur know that his thought process could be adapted to all sorts of applications within human interest.
At 62 pages, it is a very short book & I read the whole thing in 3 short sessions. I am halfway through an analysis podcast that expounds on the topics & helps us translate the key take-a-ways.