Know the Difference Between a Hero and a Fool
Sun Tzu Principle: “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”
I’ve been reading Sun Tzu’s Art of War with a specific eye of a business communicator. I’ve found numerous points of application that we can use as a business communicator in Sun Tzu’s principles.
For example, knowing the difference between a hero and fool.
In battle, the generals don’t want fools rushing in. Fools get people killed. A fool’s behaviour will open the opportunity for the enemy to slip through the defence and brings defeat. True… sometimes a fool can win, but it’s an accident… not a plan.
A hero, on the other hand, acts with purpose, focus and discipline. A hero knows it takes hard work and time. A fool thinks it happens right away… but a hero knows better.
In platform mastery, a hero knows it takes time to shape and develop a message that has meaning, power and impact. A hero learns the craft of speaking, of connecting to an audience. A fool turns up unprepared and enters battle without a game plan.
A hero keeps growing all the time. A fool thinks they’ve arrived already. A hero fights to make his message worthy of the audience and a fool simply tries to create something self-serving, self-promoting.
A hero is persistent and professional in the pursuit of mastery and a fool looks for the easiest way, the shortest route… the path of least resistance.
A hero gets knocked down and quietly regroups, gets up and stands in front of the audience again. A fool gets knocked down and whines about it, blaming others… it’s always someone else’s fault.
A hero keeps practicing the principles of mastery, knowing that they are principles for a reason… and eventually they will deliver platform presence and mastery. A fool eventually quits… complains to anyone that will listen… that the world is not fair.
Here’s the action-thought of the day… Be a hero!