|Picture credit: The Art of War Visualized by Jessica Hagy|
"Hence the saying:
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."
I came across a wonderfully illustrated book, "The Art of War Visualized" by Jessica Hagy.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words and Hagy's book puts a fresh spin on a classic namely Sun Tzu's "The Art of War."
Hagy uses charts and graphs to breathe life into Sun Tzu's timeless words. I recommend this book. Check it out!
Now let's discuss the '...know yourself...'
It's easy for many self-help books or life coaches to just say if you want to improve yourself you must first know yourself. Easy to say, hard to do when you don't know the first step on actually knowing yourself. It's not the 'What' but the "How!" How to go about finding out the "How?"
My friend Badger Johnson has some essays which provides insights and tips on the "How":
- A Martial Framework by Badger Johnson
- How To Exceed Your Plateaus by Badger Johnson
- Adding to Arnold's Six Principles of Success
- Badger Johnson - 10 Tips on how to analyze a martial art for effectiveness
- "To be a master is very different from being an expert." by Badger Johnson
- Addendum, Clarification and Expansion of Paul Vunak's Fighting Secrets by Badger Johnson
- Expanded Ways of Attack by Badger Johnson
- "Fifty Important Elements in Martial Arts" by Badger Johnson
- Badger Johnson - Can Trapping Work?
- The Genesis and Development of Zone Theory by Badger Johnson
- A few aspects of self-defense training by Badger Johnson
- Some of the important ten things… by Badger Johnson
- Over-speed Training - Accessing the Subconscious and the Power of Threes
- Coaching, self-coaching, talent, experience, genetics, opportunity, motivation
- "I'd Like to Teach the World to Dance"
- Some thoughts today
- "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?"
Check out Jessica Hagy's book and hope Badger's essays helps!