Sun Tzu ruined my life.
Don’t get me wrong, “The Art of War” contains some gems of insight for anyone engaged in a difficult struggle, like running a business.
(Or fighting a war with chariots and spears.)
But the problem is that Sun Tzu puts a great deal of emphasis on lightning-fast strikes intended to leave the enemy off-balance and lead to a swift victory. He recommends avoiding a prolonged conflict at all costs.
And he makes some good points.
But sometimes, you can only win the battle — or write a book — with a slow and steady application of force.