The Winners’ Attitudes from the Art of War

Sun Zi’s Art of War is about winning. In fact, winning without a war. It begins with having the right attitudes. What are the winners’ attitudes? Here is the mind-map from a deep understanding of the Art of War.

The Winners’ Attitudes mind-map:

The Winners’ Attitudes

  • Cautious Optimism – Yes, we can achieve
    • We can win against giants
      • Anything is Possible if we know howSun Zi gives us the secrets of winning
  • Outside-In View – We adapt to the external world
    • Read the Situations – Detect, Response or Create
  • Prudence – Kiasuism – Foresee, Calculate, Decide
    • Max Net-Returns @ Min Risks
      • Win without War
    • Calculation & Evidence-based decision making. 计 – 计划,计算
    • Collect intelligence (hidden, intentions) and information
    • Kiasuism – Murphy’ Law “if Anything Can Go Wrong, It Will.”So plan for the contingencies
    • Foresee And Manage Threats First then Exploit The Opportunities
    • Win By Strategy, Alliance, With War As the Last Resort
    • Then Chose Wisely
      • Only fight the war you can win
    • Win Decisively & Quickly
  • Cool Head & Committed Heart – Agitation disables us to see, think & act rightly
    • OOAD – Observe, Orient, Decide & Act
    • Fully energized and committed to the mission
  • Never do the following:
    • Be proud but be humble and prudent to examine all factors objectively.
    • Go for fortune telling – But by evidence.
    • Hope for the best / Optimistic – But by Calculation only.
    • Go for glory – But choose to fight the defeated or easy-win foe.
    • Go for revenge – biased view and wrong goals that bring defeats.
    • Be angered which leads to irrationality and failure.
    • Care too much about his reputation can be easily provoked.
    • Be tricked or be tempted by benefits, desires, disguises, distraction, hearsays, etc.

Lim Liat (c)7-6-19

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