The Art of War by Sun Tzu – Animation


THIS IS A BOOK THAT I FIRST READ
IN MY MILITARY STRATEGIC STUDIES CLASS AT THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY.
AND IT’S KIND OF CRAZY THAT A BOOK WRITTEN OVER 2,500 YEARS AGO
IS REALLY THE FIRST AND THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL BOOK STUDIED
BY THE WORLD’S GREATEST AIR FORCE TO THIS DAY.
AND YOU MIGHT NOT NECESSARILY BE FIGHTING WARS,
BUT BUSINESS IS BASICALLY THE MODERN DAY WARFARE, SO IF YOU OWN ONE OR WORK FOR ONE,
WHICH SHOULD BASICALLY BE EVERYONE, THEN THIS BOOK IS JUST AS USEFUL FOR YOU
AS FOR A MILITARY STRATEGIST. KNOW YOUR ENEMY AND KNOW YOURSELF
AND IN 100 BATTLES YOU WILL NEVER BE IN PERIL. A LOT OF PEOPLE GO TO JOB INTERVIEWS,
DON’T GET PICKED, AND DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS EXACTLY
WHY. THEY WALK IN THERE HAVING NO IDEA
ABOUT WHO THEY’RE DEALING WITH. IF YOU’RE WALKING INTO A JOB INTERVIEW,
YOU NEED TO HAVE SPENT THE PAST FEW WEEKS LEARNING EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW
ABOUT THE COMPANY AND THE INDUSTRY IT’S IN. DO YOU KNOW HOW IMPRESSIVE IT IS IF YOU WALK
IN THERE AND SAY SOMETHING LIKE,
“WE’RE IN A BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY. I KNOW WE’RE CURRENTLY HOLDING 20% OF THE
MARKET SHARE, AND THE CEO HAS ANNOUNCED TWO WEEKS AGO
THAT WE’LL BE TRYING TO HIT 30% BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.
AND HERE IS HOW HIRING ME IS GOING TO HELP THIS COMPANY ACHIEVE THAT.”
DO YOU KNOW HOW IMPRESSIVE THAT WOULD BE? MOST PEOPLE’S ANSWER TO THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING
LIKE, “UH… WE TRY TO SELL SHOES HERE.
I DON’T REALLY KNOW…” NOW THAT’S CRAZY…
BUT NOT ONLY DO PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT WHO THEY’RE DEALING WITH,
THEY HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT THEMSELVES. MOST PEOPLE IF ASKED,
“HEY, WHY SHOULD WE PICK YOU,” HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO ANSWER IT.
IT’S LIKE, “UH, I GUESS I’LL WORK REALLY HARD…”
NO, THAT WAS THE ANSWER THAT THE 20 OTHER PEOPLE BEFORE YOU GAVE.
WHY ARE YOU BETTER THAN ALL THE OTHER ONES? OBJECTIVELY, WHAT ARE YOU CAPABLE OF
THAT MAKES YOU BETTER THAN ALL THE OTHER ONES? KNOW YOUR ENEMY AND KNOW YOURSELF
AND IN 100 BATTLES YOU WILL NEVER BE IN PERIL. AVOID WHAT IS STRONG. ATTACK WHAT IS WEAK. SO WHEN JEN GETS A JOB AT A COMPANY,
SHE GOES IN AND SEES HOW EVERYONE’S REALLY GOOD AT ANSWERING THE PHONE.
AND SHE SAYS, “I’M GOING TO WORK HARD AND BE BETTER THAN
EVERYONE WHEN IT COMES TO ANSWERING THE PHONE.” AND JEN’S NEVER GOING TO BE VALUED IN THAT
COMPANY. THERE ARE ALL THESE OTHER PEOPLE
WHO ARE REALLY GOOD AT ANSWERING THE PHONE. YOU DON’T WANT TO COMPETE THERE. YOU WANT TO BE THE JEN WHO EVERYONE GOES UP
TO WITH INSURANCE QUESTIONS
BECAUSE YOU’RE THE ONLY PERSON IN THERE WHO KNOWS EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT
INSURANCE. SAME THING IN BUSINESS.
NO WONDER BUSINESSES HAVE SUCH A HUGE RATE OF FAILURE
WHEN PEOPLE WALK INTO A BUSINESS TRYING TO COMPETE
WITH WALMART ON PRICE. WHY ARE YOU ATTACKING WHAT IS STRONG?
YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO BEAT WALMART ON PRICE. BUT WHAT ARE THE WEAKNESSES?
WHAT DO PEOPLE DEMONIZE WALMART FOR? THE CUP WAS MADE WITH THE TEARS OF CHINESE
CHILDREN. THE CUP HAS NOTHING AUTHENTIC ABOUT IT. SO ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU SAY,
LOOK AT MY CUP. IT’S MADE BY TREATING PEOPLE REALLY WELL,
IT’S AUTHENTIC BECAUSE OF THIS AND THAT… NOW THAT’S STILL A REALLY HARD MARKET,
SO GOOD LUCK WITH COMPETING IN THERE, BUT AT LEAST YOU HAVE SOME CHANCE OF SOME
LITTLE MARKET SHARE NOW, BECAUSE YOU LITERALLY HAD ZERO CHANCE BEFORE. TO WIN 100 BATTLES IS NOT THE HEIGHT OF SKILL-
TO SUBDUE THE ENEMY WITHOUT FIGHTING IS. IT’S AMAZING HOW EVERYONE’S OBSESSED WITH
SUING TODAY. THERE’S DEFINITELY A TIME WHEN FIGHTING IS
THE LAST RESORT, BUT A LOT OF THESE CASES COULD BE SOLVED JUST
BY PICKING UP THE PHONE. PICKING UP THE PHONE COSTS NOTHING,
SUING PEOPLE WILL COST YOU A LOT. AND I LOVE WHEN PEOPLE FINALLY QUOTE UNQUOTE
WIN, AND ARE SO PROUD.
BECAUSE THAT’S ALL YOU CAN BE, JUST PROUD. BECAUSE IF YOU LOOKED AT IT RATIONALLY,
YOU HAVE SPENT ENDLESS AMOUNTS OF MONEY, YEARS OF YOUR TIME AND ENERGY AND ALL THAT
OPPORTUNITY COST, AND NOW YOU QUOTE UNQOUTE “WIN.” MAYBE THE BENEFIT WAS HIGHER THAN THE COST
IN YOUR SITUATION, AND THAT’S AWESOME, CONGRATULATIONS,
BUT A LOT OF TIMES IT’S NOT. YOU’RE SMARTER THAN YOUR OPPONENT,
YOU DON’T RELY ON EMOTIONS LIKE ANGER AND PRIDE
TO DECIDE IF YOU’RE GOING TO FIGHT OR NOT. YOU ALWAYS TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE COST,
AND YOU DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO WIN THE BATTLE WITHOUT ACTUALLY FIGHTING
IT. BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT FIGHTING HAS A COST,
AND THAT COST IS HUGE. SO THE THREE BIG IDEAS ARE: KNOW YOUR ENEMY AND KNOW YOURSELF
AND IN 100 BATTLES YOU WILL NEVER BE IN PERIL. AVOID WHAT IS STRONG. ATTACK WHAT IS WEAK. AND TO WIN 100 BATTLES IS NOT THE HEIGHT OF
SKILL- TO SUBDUE THE ENEMY WITHOUT FIGHTING IS.

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