It’s truly amazing the way the wisdom from Art of War has lasted, and most likely will last much longer. There’s tremendous advice relevant to those who may not be in war, but are vying for position or competing in some way. The wisdom in this book is timeless, although it may not apply in the same way.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.”–Sun Tzu
While many of us will never direct troops in a war, we may lead a company, fight a political battle, or coach a team (even if it’s little league). Each of these is like going to war, but with lower costs. And, much of what works for war will work in other battles as well.
If you’re looking for a quick, easy read that is packed with wisdom, then check out Art of War. The short excerpts of wisdom are in an easily digestible format and are packed with a lot to contemplate. Like Meditations or the Tao Te Ching, it is a collection of excerpts rather than a large, continuous work. I think this makes it easier to break down and digest what you’re reading.
I really recommend you grab your copy and read it for yourself. Then, let me know what you think.