The Art Of War Essay

1043 words - 5 pages

Yangyang (Leon) Li
Professor Bagdan
Hosp 4060
Feb.4 2013
I. Author’s Purpose
The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise by Sun Tzu. It focuses on the importance of positioning in military strategy and factors that may affect the decision. The purpose of Sun Tzu is to tell how to position in military strategy in order to win the battles.

II. Reaction
1) Chapter 5 Energy
Sun Tzu said: The control of a large force is the same principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up their numbers. Fighting with a large army under your command is nowise different from fighting with a small one: it is merely a question of instituting signs and ...view middle of the document...

Most of us now don't even prepare for exams that are known to us a few weeks earlier. People won't succeed just because of their talent. We need to be prepared for everything and then wait for opportunities. By the way, I am always well-prepared my exams and my study and I am hoping that opportunities will come to me soon.

3) Chapter 10 Terrain
Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.

Reaction: Knowing the enemy and yourself is like doing the SW analysis of your enemy and yourself. Knowing Heaven and Earth is like doing the OT analysis of the environment or market where you are your enemy are competing. After analyzing the strengths and the weaknesses of yourself and your enemies and the opportunities and threats in the market, you are sure to be ahead of the game with proper decisions. When I was a freshman in college, I conducted a self assessment, later I knew it was part of the SWOT analysis. I found out that I was good at math and I could learn things fast. However, I had a poor communication skills as English is my second language. Since then, I started practising my speaking and listening by watching movies and reading out loud the newspaper articles at home. Now, my communication skills is better than what it used to be and I will continue practicing.

4) Chapter 11 The Nine Situations
Rapidity is the essence of war: take advantage of the enemy's unreadiness, make your way by unexpected routes, and attack unguarded spots.

Reaction: In my history class, I learnt that during the Machine Age, with the invention of telephones and typewriters, women were shifting from working as factory workers to clerical jobs for insurance companies and banks. Their new jobs were far more well paid than their previous jobs. This is an example of people who dramatically improved...

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