Posts Tagged ‘business’

Sun Tzu: When the country had internal struggle and long time war, the incivility of society would happen and neighbor countries would start aggressive.

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Our current President has been elected by American citizens. A decent respect is a must in Public regardless of his performance and policy. We can share the different kind of opinion, but we can’t insult our President in public.

If we do, America will lose the image of global leadership.

CNN News: An idiot broke down the process of president speech and stood up as kindergarten kid. His attitude was absolutely not acceptable in that situation.

I wish he stands up like that in front of the OLD CHINA OFFICER…….

Without any question, America can balance the budget, if the Congress can work as a team. Raise the tax of the rich in short term and cut back the tax when the economy  completely recovers and the unemployment rate is under 4 1/2 percent. Stop the waste of giving away program and over built military might.

Stop the long term political war, America has lost the image of the fairness……The greedy corporations should put  back their profits to the country. Just think about that, without this strong country to support your success, you don’t have to-day.

Some American should fulfill their responsibilities and stop to take advantage of the system.

It is incredible to see that America has all the resources and talent esp. the technology….and the current situation could happen.

The Middle East environment is very sensitive, it is because America has lost the image of principle and fairness. Used to be, when America announces…people listen. Now a day, it may be another story.

On the news, Russian has sent the military weapons and people to Syria, it is very alarming…..

Someone may need to review the Art of War’s Principles….

Walmart and K-Mart: Rivals on the Battlefield

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Sun Tzu writes in The Art of War that advantage / disadvantage and strength / weakness are continually shifting, depending on the circumstances. Business can also be interpreted through the lens of Art of War principles, in terms of  businesses and corporations battling to capture the dollars of the public.

Everyone knows what happened to K-Mart when it did not accurately assess the threat from WalMart. K-Mart rose up in the early 60’s as an innovative marketing idea.  K-Mart built an image and a strategy to present products that matched the middle class consumer.  Unfortunately, due to overspending,  management problems, and lack of experience, K-Mart was eclipsed by WalMart, who all but wiped them out.

WalMart made use of what it had learned about K-Mart’s strengths and weaknesses.  Sam Walton started small, kept the inventory lean, and provided good service.  When WalMart started to get some market share, they began to “attack” some major cities.

In the 1980’s K-Mart recognized that WalMart was a competitor, but thought WalMart was too small to take as a threat. K-Mart assumed it was too big to ever be displaced by the new competitor.  In the end, K-Mart lost the battle, and WalMart is now king of the mountain. Had K-Mart heeded Sun Tzu’s motto of “Know yourself and know your enemy,”they might have survived.

On the world stage today, America stands in the same position as K-Mart did.  America is a superpower whose influence is felt everywhere.  Yet, America’s image started to wane after 1980.  The country, like the consumers living in it, has been overspending.  You can’t use credit cards to pay down debt. Nor can congress use credit to pay down debt. 

It is time to trim the inventory. When our country spends billions of dollars that have been squeezed from the citizens to support corrupt foreign countries, it does not make sense.  Apparently the citizenry of both Iraq and Afghanistan  want the United States to leave their countries. They see the U.S. as basically supporting a form of government that is not yet providing them with safety in the streets. The leaders, who are enjoying the infusion of U.S. dollars, speak mixed messages.

Other superpowers are busy investing in goodwill and business, rather than public dollars, in overseas countries, and may be getting better results than the U.S.  According to the “Dow Jones Theory,” our country’s strength is measured in terms of transportation, property, and energy.  The  American auto market has been losing to Japan, property has been depreciating, and oil has become more expensive. To quote Bonfire of the Vanities, we are “hemorrhaging money.”

American leadership cannot continue to waste time indulging in partisan ideological wrangling that does not address these issues.  It is time for our leaders to “either pee or get off the pot.”  President Obama seems to have taken a wise step in his intentions to bring a large segment of our military out of Afghanistan.

  Equal attention could certainly be given to unnecessary social welfare spending.  America cannot be considered strong if it is in fact being manipulated by its own politicians and special interest groups.  Sometimes “knowing yourself” can be painful.

Much more on the principles of The Art of War and on how they can be applied to your personal business success in my book The Art of War Applied to Wall Street.

Y. K. Wong

June, 23, 2011

Answers to Your Questions

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I am in the same boat as anyone else. My time is limited, and I do not have time to answer readers’ questions on a daily basis.

There have been questions about RSS. Apparently there are some software incompatibilities between the website and some readers’ devices or restrictions in various countries.

In regard to theme and design, those are a feature of the WordPress software.

As for the comments that you would like to have some of the concepts expanded or explained, you need to actually get the book, The Art of War Applied to Wall Street, in your hands and read the material in depth. Everything you might want to know is explained thoroughly in the book.

What are you waiting for? For a mere $30, you can have a resource that will help you for the rest of your life! Give yourself the gift of a Prosperous New Year by studying The Art of War Applied to Wall Street. As Sun Tzu has said, “Just because you can see the sun and the moon, doesn’t mean you have good eyes.” When you can see something that other people cannot see, that is when you have good eyes. Get the book and discover what other people do not yet see!

Happy and Prosperous New Year to ALL.

Y.K. Wong, 2010

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!

FAQ About the Book

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Why did you write this book?

     I wanted to provide the public with an easy-to-read, easily understandable guide to Sun Tzu’s Art of War.  This is an expression of a cultural value that I grew up with: to share — for the general upliftment of others, and to express gratitude for all the benefits I have received through the efforts of those who came before me. 

As my mother always told me, “When you drink the water, remember where it came from.” This is my way of expressing my appreciation of the American economic system, which has enabled me to provide comfortably for my family.

Why did you combine information about investing in the Stock Market in an Art of War book?

     I had successfully applied Art of War strategy to my own investing in the Stock Market, and I wanted to share my insights with the public.  And also, it was my way of showing that the concepts of The Art of War can be applied to just about anything.

Is there any source of information about The Art of War that is superior to what you have written?

Perhaps some texts could be researched in Hong Kong, Taiwan, or mainland China.  But they are not easily accessible to the general public.  Plus, there is always the language barrier, meaning that even if a Chinese-speaking scholar understands the fine points of the text, there is no guarantee that he/she can render it into English accurately.

Your book is only 158 pages long.  How can you convey all this information in such a relatively short span of pages?

Sun Tzu’s teachings were very direct.  There is not any excess verbiage in the Thirteen Chapters that Sun Tzu has left us.  And accordingly, my insights on Wall Street are direct and clear.  I made a point of matching them to the principles that Sun Tzu presents.  The book is not bulky or burdensome to carry in your brief case or purse.

Well, then, since the book is not large or heavy, why is it so pricey?

Because it has great value.  It contains material that you could spend hours looking for online or in research stacks, or in musty old Chinese bookstores, and never find as complete or unified a compilation of the true principles of The Art of War. You could spend more money for dinner out and a few drinks for only one evening, and have nothing to show for it afterwards. 

Also, in terms of economics, the investor who makes use of the valuable strategies that I suggest will reap a return that far surpasses the money spent to buy the book!

“Business Is a Battlefield”

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

People have said that “business is a battlefield.”  Corporations compete ruthlessly with each other to gain the market share by whatever means necessary.  The victor takes the spoils of the profits.

The lone individual seeking to take on Wall Street by investing in the Stock Market without adequate preparation is at risk of being slaughtered.  For example, on May 6, 2010, the Market went down 900 points within 15 minutes.  The unprepared investors ended up as casualties of the day.

In my own quest to take on Wall Street, I discovered that the military concepts of The Art of War were invaluable.  They enabled me to discipline myself to follow certain principles that gave me confidence to make the best decisions.

The Art of War Applied to Wall Street is the outcome of my years of experience in the financial field, investing in stock, as well as close observation of national and international political and business trends.

During my youth in China, the teachings of Sun Tzu were common topics of discussion.  Later on, I became aware that as I was confronted with a business or financial decision, some of the precepts of Sun Tzu that I had internalized gave me a perspective that enabled me to have an insight that catalyzed a solution to a problem.

This was so consistent an experience over time, that I decided to see how I could apply the principles to investing in the Stock Market. I was not surprised to experience very positive results. I soon realized there was a void in the published materials intended to assist investors, that could only be filled by applying the principles of The Art of War.

I began a detailed study of the original Chinese text of The Art of War, looking for correlations between Sun Tzu’s philosophy of “Know yourself /Know your enemy” and investment strategy.

My book has two components.  The first section deals directly with applying the principles of The Art of War, almost point-by-point, to the world of investing. It is not a discussion of bonds, futures, options and various investment tools. The average investor doesn’t have the time to study this kind of information.  Furthermore, the type of investment based on time limits is not congruent with the principles of The Art of War, because if you are under a time constraint, you are actually under the control of your “adversary.”  Of course, depending on your time, resources, and personality, you can research the time-based investment tools and use them successfully.

“If one tool can fix something, you don’t need to have a whole tool box.”  For me, that one tool is The Art of War, and it is accessible to the average investor.

(Excerpted from Part One of the book, The Art of War Applied to Wall Street).