Archive for November, 2010

If You Don’t Know the Concept, You Can Not Use It

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Sun Tzu’s principles are universal.  Through these blogs, we have been explaining how this is so.  Unless you understand the whole system, you cannot apply the principles to a given situation.

The Art of War can be applied to military, business, political, and relationship situations, as indicated in previous blogs.

When I first began the project of presenting key principles from The Art of War that would benefit investors in the stock market, I thought it would be sufficient to do just that.

But as I got deeper and deeper into the actual translation of the original text of The Art of War, I began to realize that nothing short of totally grasping the entirety of Sun Tzu’s teachings would suffice.

Furthermore, the deeper I explored in the origanal text, the more evident it became to me that these principles are truly universal, and can be applied to just about every field of human endeavor.

In this book, and only in this book, is there the opportunity to directly access the essential and true teachings of Sun Tzu, so that you can make full use of the principles and prosper in whatever field you choose to employ them.

Go here to order your copy of The Art of War Applied to Wall Street.

Do You Want a Better Quality of Life? Read This Book!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

     People buy many self-help books and when they are finished with the books, they are sure that the author has not told them the whole story.  They are convinced that he or she is holding out on them.  Nothing changes in their lives.

The truth is that they have not put the principles in these books to work for them in any kind of consistent manner.  That is why they do not get the result they want.  “You have to work them if you want them to work.”

The same could be said for our new book, The Art of War Applied to Wall Street. If it is read to find some quick-fix magic formula, the reader will go away disappointed. 

However, IF the reader is willing to take the time to understand what Sun Tzu’s principles actually are, and then carefully read the author’s application of them, the book will be of great benefit.

There are dozens of Art of War books on the market.  They all tout the quote “Make the enemy surrender without fighting.”  Yet none of them really explain the psychological principles that Sun Tzu had in mind.

I say that because all Sun Tzu students think they know what he meant by “know yourself’ and what he meant by “know your enemy,” but the full explanation of these has not really been brought forth until now–in The Art of War Applied to Wall Street.

And in the world of investing, it is only when you learn HOW to “know yourself” that you have the tools to be successful. 

However, even that is not enough.  You have to “know” the [so-called] “enemy,” to properly use those tools.  In other words, you need the information about how to interpret the behavior of the stock market so that you can respond intelligently.    

The Art of War Applied to Wall Street is totally unique because it offers you the opportunity to REALLY understand the psychological principles that  underlie Sun Tzu’s principles, while at the same time giving you a very practical application of them in regard to investing in the stock market.

This book will improve your QUALITY OF LIFE when you get it in hand and PUT IT TO USE.  Get your copy and put it to the test today!

Know Yourself and Know Your Terrain

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Everybody know that Sun Tzu taught that one should know oneself and know “the enemy.” 

Yet all too often people look at their fellow citizens and consider them some kind of enemy.  A country that is characterized by that kind of behavior is not a strong country.

For quite some time the United States has been grappling with what has been called “racism.” 

Not long ago, Juan Williams was fired from National Public Radio for a breach of his company’s standards, because he made a personal  statement about his fear of flying on an airplane that was carrying apparent [by their dress] Muslims on the same flight. 

No sooner had Mr. Williams made this statement, than the fires of divisiveness were flamed by those who said he was defaming Muslims.

Then when he was fired, there was another outcry from Williams and others that the firing was based on prejudice against his race. Those outcries were ignoring the fact that NPR had a policy regarding personal statements that could be considred “prejudiced.” And in a moment of inattention, Mr. Williams stepped over the line and had to suffer the consequences. 

Those who fanned the fires of “racism” relating to this do not have a clear perspective on “the terrain.”  By “terrain” I mean the environment in which we are living in the United States today. 

I have had the experience of living in several Asian societies that were administered as European colonies, and I have witnessed many forms of prejudice and racism.  In my opinion, in comparison to countries all over the world, the United States is far more open to accepting persons of diverse ethnicity and cultures than most other countries on the planet. 

There are societies far, far more stratified that the United States is now in 2010. There are countries that have no constitutional protection for the citizens who are in minority groups of whatever kind.

Those who understand that the terrain we are standing on now is in present time and not in the past, will not be so easily manipulated into divisive positions that prevent the cooperation necessary for creative forward movement.

Only Mr. Williams himself knows himself well enough to know if the loss of his job was truly an utterly discriminatory act, or if he had simply failed to follow the policy of his employer.

When we as individuals really look to ourselves, and examine our own motives and behaviors,  we will truly take back our own personal power. And we will also be in a position to appreciate the opportunities that our “terrain” actually provides.

Sun Tzu said in Chapter 8 of The Art of War that those who stubbornly choose direct confrontation are likely to be wiped out. (”Chapter 8 –”Strategic Choices: The Interrelationship Between Terrain and Tactics,” The Art of War Applied to Wall Street by Y.K. Wong).

Review “Art of War” Before Strategic Planning

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

The current President did not start the warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. but he does have the right to either continue it or to stop it.

He is faced with external problems as well as internal problems. Therefore, he needs to reassess his priorities.  What would Sun Tzu advise when a country finds itself in an ambiguous conflict that is far away from home base while at the same time there is economic instability and unrest amongst the citizens at home?

Sun Tzu always emphasized the key importance of a strong economy and unified citizenry.  He warned strongly against overextending military operations in long-distant locations because they drain the energy and resources of the country.

Sun Tzu consistently emphasized that a country must know itself and know its “enemy.”  How well do we know the “adversary” in Afghanistan?  Or it might be a more pertinent question to give attention to how much the enemy in Afghanistan knows about us in terms of basic Art of War principles. 

First, they are engaging us in a long-distance war that is expensive in terms of manpower and logistics.

They are operating in a terrain that they are attuned to, and the American forces are not.

They have the capability to disperse their forces. to regroup continually, so that there is no definitive target.

They make use of propaganda and cultural ties to maintain support of the local people. 

Operatives sympathetic to their position create threats of terrorist attacks in Western countries and in our country. The attacks serve to destabilize the confidence of the population and create divisive political activity within the country.

The question is–What is actually in the best interests of this country?  What would Sun Tzu have to say today?

  Frittering away resources overseas? 

 Or looking for ways to use the money and manpower in the home country creating jobs that rebuild and improve the transportation systems and efficient energy systems, etc.? 

It seems to me that Sun Tzu would opt for strengthening the country by promoting a strong economy.  A strong economy and a positive mindset of the citizens is the natural outcome of a unified country.  The leaders and commentators who seek to divide have forgotten that a country that is divided is also a country that is easy to conquer. 

Our leaders would be well advised to review what Sun Tzu has had to say.