So, what does my boxing ring look like? It’s round one… surely you must have guessed that I was in a boxing match no? If not, what were you thinking! (I hear confession is good for the soul, so go ahead, tell me? what were you thinking?)
As I leave you to your somewhat insane and wild thoughts, I on the other hand, would like to concentrate on the book I have been reading …
The Art of War By Sun Tzu
written in the 6th Century Bc, The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise that is still revered today as the ultimate commentary on war and military strategy. (sounds yeeesssshhhh right? well unless you are into war and military and treatise things… so let me try again)
The Art of War focuses on the principle that it is possible to outsmart your foe mentally by thinking very carefully about process before resorting to physical battle.
Divided into 13 chapters , that cover the essential aspects of successful combats, the book begins by considering the circumstances that exist and making plans according to seven key elements that dictate the difference between success and failure. These key elements include knowing the enemy, being aware of one’s strength and weaknesses, and understanding the physical environment in which a war is to be fought.
The most famous paraphrase from the book is that if you know yourself and your enemy then you can always win, if you know only yourself then you may win or lose, if you know neither yourself nor your enemy then you will most likely lose.
Another well known paraphrase of the book is that all successful warfare is based on deception.
feeing the book yet?
Ok, let me try and put it better in a language that may be recognizable worldwide… but first, a few questions…
- Are you married?
- Do you have a B*&%!Y co worker? Colleague? whom you wish to take down?
- Are you seeking revenge for any particular reason? It could be another woman threatening the existence of your marriage, or your stable relationship, or the other way round?
If you have answered YES to any of these questions, then this book is for you.
So before your pour that scalding hot water that you have boiled in a rage, because of a situation that threatens to destroy your very existence (Marriage; Relationship; Mean neighbor, you get the drift right…) why don’t you pour that hot water in a cup, add a tea bag (I recommend anything with mint) sit back, grab your self a copy of The Art of War by Sun Tzu and read.
Because you need to remember this one very important nugget from the book …
It is possible to outsmart your foe mentally by thinking very carefully about process before resorting to physical battle.