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Disciplines > WarfareWu Zi's Art of War > Decisiveness

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Chapter

First part : 3 : 4

Observed lessons

  • Soldiers who are committed to fighting to the death are more likely to live.
  • A good general knows that battlefield decisions must be made quickly, with available information.
  • Hesitation can lose lives, battles and wars.

Discussion

In normal life, it is good to gather information and decide carefully. But in some situations only limited information is available, and so decisions must be made based on what is known now. When every moment can mean life or death, a delayed decision has a changed outcome for every second that it takes to make it. This is true of soldiers who hesitate to think of living. It is also true of generals who wait for better information or who want time to reflect.

See also

Decisions

 

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