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The art of war

Updated on December 7, 2016

The art of war

I have heard this book talked about a lot in the media and by many successful people. The original copy has been around for hundreds of years written by Sun Tzu to the king at the time as a resume for the army commander position. The way Sun Tzu wrote it however was in such a way that it required him to explain his strategies and it is therefore a bit difficult to understand. The adaption however explains the concepts in an easier to understand way with examples focused mainly on a woman or from a woman's perspective.


The book is divided into thirteen chapters and it does a lot of explaining in the first few chapters about the elements of strategy. It tells us that winning a battle is dependent very much on having a good strategy and executing that strategy well. Having a pure motive, correct timing, resources, a leadership mindset, executing tasks well and keeping your cards close to your chest. There are a lot of lessons to learn from this little book I will just go into two of the ideas below.


It is important in a business situation and in our personal life to finish a battle and recover quickly. In the setting of a business perspective for instance not closing a deal quickly and keeping inventory too long means that you will use double the budget in advertising and will greatly reduce your cash flow and minimize your profits. It is therefore very important in a business venture to maximize effort on a campaign and go all guns blazing from the get go in order to close the deal or move the stock or even in a personal setting get the job quick. Other than reducing profits and depleting resources a prolonged campaign may cause morale to decrease and thus affect work quality.


Know yourself

In any venture it is very important to know yourself. There is a famous quote that says he who thinks he can and he who thinks he cannot are usually both correct. Having the mindset of a victor means that you have already won half of the battle. It is therefore important to study ourselves, our reactions to certain situations, the way we feel in certain situations and why. According to the author we often look at the world through a colored lens of our experiences for instance if you are a salesperson and you know yourself very well if a customer refuses to by your product you will not take it personally you will simply move on and look for another customer.

Overall this book is packed with lessons and is a good read if you are trying to get into business or are just trying to develop yourself. The art of war for women is simple to understand and has many examples on the application of the concepts. If you found the original art of war to understand this might be a good book to turn to. I wish the author had written the book aimed at all people not just women otherwise a good read.


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      jane 17 months ago from perth

      Good thing you picked that up, it was a mistake on my part I have changed it. Thanks

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      mactavers 21 months ago

      The Art of War for Women sounds like an interesting read, but your title is deceptive because I could not find any connection to Jane Austin. ???