How, you might think, is a book about waging war relevant to your career? Here are a few things everyone can from “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu.
“Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril.”
Imagine if you prepared for every situation, job interview, resume writing, discussion you’re your boss, conversation with your co-worker as if your life and the lives of the people around you depended on it. You would go into every situation, having thoroughly researched what’s going on, and armed with a meticulous plan. If that was the case, you would never find yourself in trouble because you would be prepared for all contingencies. Knowledge is power and always has been.
“To be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues.”
That means exactly what it sounds like. Always have a backup. When pure knowledge isn’t enough, have a way around whatever problems that the world flings at you. Never be caught in a weak moment of not knowing what to do. Always have a plan A and a plan B and if necessary, a plan C
“When one treats people with benevolence, justice and righteousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders.”
This is advice for someone in a position of some kind of power, but it is a good reminder for your professional life in general: always treat people with respect.
If you show faith in the people around you, they will work harder to deserve that faith.
Be prepared, have a backup plan, treat people as best you can
Essentially you should prepare for life and your career by educating yourself, having a backup plan and treating people in the best way possible.
These three tips just barely skim relevant wisdom in an ancient book The Art of War is one of those books everyone should read at least once.