Just as Western philosophy was nurtured in Europe, Eastern thought was nurtured in the Orient.
Today, I would like to write about “Sun Tzu” in Eastern thought, which had a great influence on the Japanese people.
“Sun Tzu” is a military art book that is said to have been written during the Spring and Autumn Warring States period in ancient China.
One of the characteristics of “Sun Tzu” is that it analyzes in detail “why you win” and “why you lose”.
At the root of the idea of ”Sun Tzu” is “to grasp the situation correctly”. Enemies, allies, terrain, weather, replenishment …
There was an idea that it should never be a war with temporary emotions.
Sun Tzu explained that the most ideal way of life is like water. Water flows to low places that people dislike, without going against the other person while giving benefits to all things. Therefore, it is good to move like water.
“Sun Tzu” teaches in the war, “Show the benefits that the enemy wants.” That way, the enemy will move the way you want, making it easier to attack your opponent’s weaknesses.
In addition, “Sun Tzu” repeatedly explains that it is important to take the initiative in the battle.
How can you take control of the battle?
If the enemy has favorable conditions (strength, supply, rest, etc.), it is better to disable them.
All the commander needs to know is information about when and where the battle will take place. If you can grasp it, you can take the initiative and fight the enemy.
He also states that a wise commander is someone who always considers both the “profit” and “harm” of things and is not biased towards either.
For example, always consider both the good side that “enemy may not come” and the bad side that “enemy may come”, and be prepared to respond perfectly in any situation.
The above is a rough introduction of “Sun Tzu”. I think it can often be applied to business. Let’s use it from tomorrow!