Cunning and stratagems are particularly valued by Sun Tzu, as well as in in the rest of the Chinese military literature with examples of tricks to win in an indirect way without fighting. Even if Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher who lived in the Spring and Automn period of ancient China. His teachings can be applied even today to find some solutions although the problems are less serious than the Chinese battles but finding a solution can sometimes be equally problematic.
Our every day lives can sometimes seem like a struggle, a real power struggle, sometimes for our own survival in this cruel world we have to win even if the problem is “who will get that taxi?”. Sun Tzu can inspire us and his tactics can help us, because all wars are the same, even those between neighbors and those between spouses.
So here is what Sun Tzu would do: please apply his solutions to the present and let me know if it works.
1.The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
2.Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
3.Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.
4.To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.
6. He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.
7. He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
8. The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.
9. All war is deception
10. In the midst of chaos there is also opportunity.
11. Appear weak when you are strong and strong when you are weak.
12. Great results can be achieved with small forces.
13. The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy so that he cannot fathom our real intent.
14. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
15. If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.