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Who Was Li Zongwu?

“I came to visit a friend of mine who passed away.” “But I’m not dead yet!” After the brief misunderstanding was cleared up, he arranged for dinner to be prepared. After the meal and some drinks I told him that there was another reason I was there to see him. I told him that I…

How To Gain The World Without Losing Your Soul

‘How to Get Everything You Want in Life’… Man, that’s a pretty lofty title and a rather big goal. Is it really something you can accomplish? Can anyone really get everything they want from life? What does that even mean? When you compare most people you’ll find that everyone has very different goals and very…

Embodying The Four Elements

I’ve posted a lot and generally talk about things in terms of The Four Elements model, and in person – I teach about that in great depth. Understanding The Model Every cell, organism or system follows a path of creation, stasis, degeneration and death. The model of the Asian stupa, pagoda or chedi is a physical…

How To Develop Coup D’oeil And Strategic Insight

Coup d’œil is a term taken from French, that more or less corresponds to the words glimpse or glance in English. The literal meaning is “stroke of [the] eye”. It is mostly used in a military context, where the coup d’œil refers to the ability to discern at one glance the tactical (dis)advantages of the…

[Video] Overview Of Wang Cheng’s The Tao Of War

In this video of our series on The Art Of War, strategic thinking and mental warfare, we’ll take a look at the little known text by Tang Dynasty general – Wang Cheng called “The Tao Of War“.   This is just a general overview of the text, which we’ll dive into in great detail later…

The Idea Of Shih – Strategic Advantage In The Art Of War

Sun Tzu (541–482 BC) said, “Seek victory through Shih, not reliance on men.” Sun Bin (380–316 BC) urged his king to build Shih for national defense. Lin Wu (third century BC), a Zhao general said, “What is valued in military affairs is strategic advantage (Shih).” Instead of using military force to subjugate another society or…

7 Virtues Of The Bushido Code

Bushido is one of the most popular Japanese codes adapted by warriors and samurais. In fact, it’s more popularly known by the Japanese as the “Way of the Warrior”. This special way of life is considered sacred and is well respected not only by the Japanese culture. It focuses more on developing positive values and…

How To Negotiate Like A Pro And Get More Of What You Want

Introduction You negotiate daily even if you don’t realize it. Whether it’s asking for a raise, choosing a restaurant to meet for lunch, or bargaining with your teenager, you’re a negotiator.  Negotiation skills have never been more important. There are fewer good jobs available and conflict around the world is commonplace.   But, while negotiations…