Sun Tzu? Your Coach’s Favorite Author?

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.”

— Sun Tzu

The Art of War by Sun Tzu is over 2500 years old. It has been used by leaders such as St. Augustine and possibly your sports coach. This book contains 13 chapters on how to wage war, when to fight, and discipline. You may be asking why you should read it, and the answer is that many of its messages can be used in everyday life.

I give this book a 3/3 for the following reasons: fi rst, the value it can have if applied to your life and mindset; second, the clarity with which it was written, and third, the message that it carries.

This book can give you the information to be in charge of yourself and the means to master your tasks, whether you need to stop procrastinating or to motivate yourself to go to the gym more.

This book is very well translated and still carries clear meaning and proper English for its age and translation.

The Art of War is a book of philosophy and it is written not to tell you what to do but to think on it yourself and apply it yourself individually. The message of this book ranges from strategy with fire to how you should focus your eff orts.

“To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands,” is a personal favorite quote. You have no one to blame yourself when you fail; don’t blame others for what you could have done or could have prevented.

The Art of War has a lot of history, as it should for having been around for as long as it has. This book escaped the “burning of the books,” when China had a majority of their literature burned in 213 B.C. The Art of War has seen its war through countless battles and wars leading victory to victory with its lessons and morals. The Art of War is even on the required reading list for members of the United States Military.