1. Know your enemy and know yourself and in 100 battles, you will never be in peril. In the Art of War, understanding your opponent is crucial to victory.
2. To win 100 battles is not the height of skill – to subdue the enemy without fighting is. Fighting costs lives and money. Sun Tzu prizes the general who can outwit instead of outfight his opponent.
3. Avoid what is strong. Attack what is weak. Throughout history, armies battle to show their strength and courage. However, Sun Tzu does not care about glory. His only goal is to win.
For more than a thousand years, Sun Tzu’s secrets were kept hidden and made available only to Chinese emperors and authorized scholars. The Art of War surfaced in eighth-century Japan and spread throughout the world from there.
Today, what can be learned from The Art of War also applies to sports, politics, education and business.
Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.
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