In my view this book is one of the most important books for a man to read.
The reality is we live in a culture that pretends everything is fair and how we all cooperate and live happily ever after.
The reality of this planet is something totally different.
On the surface we get encouraged to be nice and turn the other cheek.
The power behind these messages in popular culture are pushing these messages very subtly into all areas of society.
Most believe these messages and think they are the “smart intellectuals” who know it all.
These people always lose because they don't understand one very important part of reality:
The people with real power play by different rules.
Your cunning enemies play by different rules.
You see yourself as a good man and you might be a good man.
And yes it's important to be ethical in life,however you must understand that the human reality is one of war.
It’s Plato that famously said
“Only the dead know the end of war.”
And keep in mind not all warfare is violent.
There are different forms of warfare.
The biggest forms of modern warfare are based on information and psychology.
So how do we overcome this reality?
We study warfare and we learn strategy.
It’s that simple.
“Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is.
And you must bend to its power or live a lie.”
– Miyamoto Musashi
Some of you are probably saying “John,that sounds like a lot of work.”
Well,you can ignore this reality and lose this game of life or you can learn and win.
The choice is yours.
Remember the truth isn't what you want it to be,it is what is,
So learn how the world really works and overcome it or lose and live in pain for the rest of your life.
Learning Winning Strategy From 33 Strategies Of War Robert Greene
“Strategy is a system of makeshifts. It is more than a science. It is bringing knowledge to bear on practical life, the further elaboration of an original guiding idea under constantly changing circumstances. It is the art of acting under the pressure of the most demanding conditions…That is why general principles, rules derived from them, and systems based on these rules cannot possibly have any value for strategy.”
-Helmuth von Moltke the Elder
In the 33 Strategies Of War Robert Greene Identifies 6 Fundamental Ideals You Should Aim For To Transform Yourself Into A Master Strategic Warrior.
1.Looking At Things As They Are Not As Your Emotions Color Them.
Robert Greene, in his book 33 Strategies of War, discusses the importance of looking at things “as they are,” not as our emotions color them.
He argues that we often make poor decisions because we do not take this necessary step back and objectively analyze the situation.
By doing so, we can more clearly see our opponents' weaknesses and how to exploit them.
Greene warns that having a rigid mindset can lead to making the wrong decisions, and encourages us to consider multiple angles before committing to one.
Ultimately, Greene illuminates the importance of taking an objective approach in order to make wiser decisions.
This kind of thinking is applicable to both business and personal life, as it gives us the clarity necessary for achieving success.
Taking the time to look at our current situation objectively can help us make better decisions and ultimately lead to more rewarding outcomes.
Greene also emphasizes the importance of preparing for battle in order to be successful.
He states that even if we do not expect a battle, it is wise to arm ourselves with knowledge and resources so that we are prepared for the unexpected.
Preparation is key to success and by anticipating our opponents' strategies, we can be proactive in countering them.
This allows us to make smarter decisions and stay ahead of the competition.
Greene also encourages us to use strategies of deception and misdirection in order to throw our opponents off guard and gain an advantage.
Greene makes the point that many of us are too easily influenced by our feelings.
We often let emotions cloud our judgment and make bad decisions as a result.
He argues that it is important to remain mindful of our feelings and not let them control us.
It is only through an stoic, objective view of reality that we can make informed choices and progress in our lives.
2.Judge People By Their Actions, Not Their Words.
Robert Greene's idea that one should judge people by their actions rather than their words is an important concept to keep in mind.
This is because, while words can certainly provide insight into a person's character, they are ultimately just that – words.
Actions, on the other hand, speak louder and offer a more honest reflection of who someone truly is.
It is essential to remember that actions will always reveal the truth about someone, even if their words don't match up.
Paying attention to a person's actions is one of the best ways to determine whether or not they can be trusted and are worthy of your respect.
Therefore, when judging someone, it's important not to take what they say at face value, but rather look at what they do and how they behave.
This is the best way to assess a person's true character.
Another important concept to consider when judging someone is whether or not their actions are consistent with what they say and believe.
People may tell you one thing, but then do something different entirely.
It's important to pay attention to these inconsistencies because it can be a sign of dishonesty and untrustworthiness.
Furthermore, if a person's words and actions don't match, it can be a sign that they are not living up to their own standards or values.
It's important to recognize these inconsistencies and decide if this is the type of person you want as a friend or partner.
Finally, it's important to remember that everyone makes mistakes and no one is perfect.
It's important to be forgiving and understanding of people's mistakes, as long as they are willing to learn from them.
However, it is also important to recognize when someone's behavior is consistently negative or destructive and decide if this person is worth your time and energy.
In conclusion, Robert Greene's advice to judge people by their actions rather than their words is an important concept to keep in mind.
Paying attention to a person's actions, whether or not they are consistent with their words, and recognizing when someone is making mistakes can help you determine who is trustworthy and worth your time.
Ultimately, it is up to you to decide who deserves your trust and respect.
More importantly you must judge yourself by this same standard.
You must evaluate your own actions objectively and remove actions that are not a high standard.
You must constantly be getting better and judge yourself harshly for not maintaining professional high standards.
3.Depend On Your Own Arms
Everything can be taken from you but if you still have your skill and strategy then nothing is outside your reach.
If you can arm your mind with the Art Of War then you will be able to find your way out of any situation and reach any goal.
“Being unconquerable lies with yourself; being conquerable lies with your enemy.” -Sun Tzu
Sun-Tzu was a Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher who lived in the 6th century BC.
His most famous work is The Art of War, a treatise on military strategy.
This quote is from chapter 3 of that work, and it may be translated as follows:
“If you are unconquerable, then no one can conquer you.If you are conquerable, then only your enemy can conquer you.”
In other words, the ability to resist defeat or conquest lies within yourself; it's not something that can be imposed on you by someone else.
On the other hand, if you're willing to give up or surrender – even when you're not actually defeated – then your enemy can take advantage of that and conquering you becomes much easier.
Sun-Tzu's advice is that the best way to remain unconquerable is to always maintain your will and never surrender, no matter what the situation.
In this way, you can ensure that you remain in control of your own destiny.
No one else can take that away from you.
Sun-Tzu also advised that a leader's most important task is to understand their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of their enemy.
He argued that the only way to be sure of victory was to know both sides of the battle intimately, so that one could make informed strategic decisions.
This requires a combination of physical strength and psychological acumen – something Sun-Tzu considered to be essential to success in war.
Ultimately, Sun-Tzu's words of wisdom embody the idea that we should always strive for strength and never give up – even when faced with a seemingly insurmountable power.
4.Worship Athena ,Not Ares
You must make winning without bloodshed or violence your main priority.
In Ancient Greece Ares was the God of war.
Ares was the God of intelligence and subtlety.
You must choose to make Intelligence your main weapon.
Yes sometimes conflict is inevitable,but most of the time you must outsmart your opponents without any real world conflict happening.
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
This quote means that the best way to win a war is to make your opponent surrender without fighting.
There are many ways to do this, such as using diplomacy or deception.
Sun Tzu believed that the best way to win a war is to avoid it altogether whenever possible.
He believed that the wisest generals are those who can win without ever having to fight.
5.Elevate Yourself Above the Battlefield
In war Strategy is the art of controlling and commanding the whole military operation.
Tactics are different, tactics are the skill of forming an army for battle on a practical level for the immediate needs of the battlefield.
Most people in life are tacticians and not strategists.
Tactics and strategy are two terms often used in the business world, but their meanings are not always well understood.
Tactics refers to specific actions that are designed to achieve a short-term objective or goal.
Examples of tactics include direct mail campaigns, discount offers, and promotional events.
On the other hand, strategy is a plan for achieving long-term goals.
A strategy may involve working with partners to create a new product or altering production processes in order to reduce costs.
Strategy is typically focused on the overall mission of an organization and how best to achieve it.
Tactics are designed to implement the strategy and help ensure that its objectives are met.
Tactics must align with the overall strategy in order to be effective.
Without this alignment, it may be difficult for an organization to achieve its desired results.
For example, if a company has a goal of increasing sales revenue by 10%, they need to have tactics that will help them reach that target.
This could include running discounts or promotions on certain products, launching a new advertising campaign.
6.Spiritualize Your Warfare
You must find meaning in the most important battle of them all,the battle with yourself.
All humans want to survive and thrive on this planet.
But if you want to thrive and not just survive then you must confront yourself.
Therefore every day you will face battles against the weak parts of yourself.
You must create your inner warrior to first win the battle inside and then the war outside in the world.
Confront yourself with self discipline and face and overcome your fears.
These inner battles can not be avoided.
You must win them to operate at a high level in this game of life.
If you want to become an Illimitable man then you must do what is necessary to master your mindset and start winning in this game of Life
I highly recommend you read the 33 Strategies of War and absorb the timeless wisdom to arm yourself for the modern chaotic world we live in.
You must make a stand and elevate yourself above mediocrity and understand and accept that you must master the art of war.
Until next time.