The Annotated Art of War (Parts 1.15-17: Appreciate Advice)
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I. Laying Plans
|Sun Tzu said:
|15. The general that
hearkens to my counsel and acts upon it, will conquer: let such a
one be retained in command! The general that hearkens not to my
counsel nor acts upon it, will suffer defeat:--let such a one be
||Read, understand and
apply Sun Tzu. Do not reject it because it seems too simple, too
complex or too outdated. If you think this, question your own
|16. While heading the
profit of my counsel, avail yourself also of any helpful
circumstances over and beyond the ordinary rules.
||And even Sun Tzu is
not everything. Seek, study and listen elsewhere. Believe nobody has
absolute knowledge yet many can contribute. Look for those who can
contribute most for you, where you are, now.
|17. According as
circumstances are favorable, one should modify one's plans.
circumstances' are those where the situation suits particular
strategies and tactics. Do not blindly follow advice. Understand how
the jigsaw works and place the pieces where they fit.