The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Thomas Cleary (Translator), Pulat Otkan (Translator)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity

Art of War is a book consolidating strategies of war and politics, written by a Chinese military leader of the time, dating back centuries. While the book recapitulates various tactics and moves one must employ to defeat an enemy in the war, we can draw notable parallels to the business and leadership strategies required in today’s lives. It is alluring since these strategies and ideas are based on human nature and behavior. Be it war or living in the 21st century, you need a deeper understanding of human behavior and a strategic methodology to achieve your goals.

Over years, I have had multiple people recommend this book to me. But I didn’t understand the appeal of reading a book about military strategy with the nature of my work. It was when I started reading it I could see why it has caught the attention that it had. It’s like Chankya Niti, which you probably won’t employ in a war, but you can easily borrow those principles and philosophy from your modern life to attain a more disciplined and structured life.

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