Sun Tzu's Art of War - Chapter 02: Waging War

Real Estate Agent with Long Realty Arizona Properties

Chapter two, Waging War, I think is a bit less abstract than chapter one, and as a result, likely easier to understand.  The comparative ease with which we can grasp the concepts laid out in chapter two should not diminish its importance within the framework of this book.

Chapter two draws a direct correllation between the costs involved with a campaign and the time that it takes to wage it.  Sun Tzu says from the start that a victory that takes too long will result in dulled weapons, dimmed spirits, and depleted resources.  How many of us have experienced any number of these results in the past year or so?  Sun Tzu adds that, if you don't understand the dangers of over-extending yourself in battle (or in business), then you will never truly understand the potential benefits of using your army.

This chapter underscores the importance of acting quickly, or striking while the iron is hot, and raises a question that I often ask myself, and on that I think all of us should really think deeply about:  Aside from owing a responsibility to him or herself, to whom else does a leader owe the responsibility of acting quickly or decisively?  Your family?  Your clients?  Who else?

Again, this is an open forum to discuss the book and how its concepts can be applied to our business, so I would encourage you (yes, YOU) again (yes, AGAIN) to contribute your insights or questions.  So, if you've read the book and would like to add to this forum or correct my blunders, or if you are simply interested in the book, please help me make this a well-rounded forum for all.  Thanks again.

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