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The Art of War

“A victorious army first wins and seeks battle; a defeated army first battles and then seeks victory.”
– Sun Tzu

The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military strategy written by Sun Tzu over 2,000 years ago. It is wildly recognized as one of the oldest and most successful books on military tactics. The Art of War has been applied to military applications, corporate politics, and corporate strategy in the modern world.

Recently, in preparing a business presentation to a panel of 15 executive management, in order to build up the mental strength and clarity that I needed on the day of the presentation, I began to read Sun Tzu daily two weeks prior to the actual presentation. (Note: I have read Sun Tzu many, many times prior to this reading. I have always loved this powerful and ancient text. I am amazed how relevant the principles of Sun Tzu’s philosophy apply to the business world.)

Sun Tzu says a victorious warrior knows he has already won the battle prior engaging himself in a battle. To apply this principle, besides practicing my presentation to the point I knew it inside out, I visualized I had already delivered this presentation successfully. In my visualization, I confidently set up my laptop and projector. I explained each PowerPoint slide with clarity. I answered questions from the panel with poise and grace. I thanked the panel with gratitude. I efficiently disconnected my laptop from the projector at the end of the presentation. I walked off from the front of the room with ease.

Thanks to Sun Tzu’s teaching. The presentation went well. I highly recommend this book. May you gain abundant career insight from reading this book.

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