“A wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy”
Take what you can from people and experiences.
“Sun Tzu said: In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them”
So don’t burn them bridges even if your not getting on with someone don’t shatter what you had previously!
“Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting”
Be persuasive, cunning and tactful and often you don’t even have to fight.
“If equally matched, we can offer battle; if slightly inferior in numbers, we can avoid the enemy; if quite unequal in every way, we can flee from him”
Pick your battles wisely.
“He will win who, prepared himself”
“Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle”
Know and understand what you’re up against.
“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard”
Don’t over complicate stuff, you have all you need to achieve.
“The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim”
Be true and decisive in your decisions don’t be sitting on the fence.
“For it is the nature of a log or stone to remain motionless on level ground, and to move when on a slope; if four-cornered, to come to a standstill, but if round shaped, to go rolling down. Thus the energy developed by good fighting men is as the momentum of a round stone rolled down a mountain thousands of feet in height. So much on the subject of energy”
Motivation comes from moving and actually doing things.
“Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances”
Don’t do the same shit and expect different results.
“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt”
Don’t make your plans known.
“A soldier’s spirit is keenest in the morning; by noonday it has begun to flag; and in the evening, his mind is bent only on returning to camp”
Get your biggest tasks done as soon as possible in the day.
“If in training soldiers commands are habitually enforced, the army will be well-disciplined; if not, its discipline will be bad”
Good habits are important.
“The skillful tactician may be likened to the shuaijan. Now the shuai-jan is a snake that is found in the Chung mountains. Strike at its head, and you will be attacked by its tail; strike at its tail, and you will be attacked by its head; strike at its middle, and you will be attacked by head and tail both”
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket be multidimensional, cover all angles.
“If the enemy leaves a door open, you must rush in”
If the opportunity ever so slightly presents itself take it!
“Move not unless you see an advantage”
Focus on the positives and you’ll keep moving.