Sun Tzu's six rules for converting the less tangible value of positions to the resources we need.
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This article explains that our problem is the wide range of goals and values at work within competition. Value comes from our mission but missions can define many different types of value (1.6.2 Types of Motivations). These values range from the very physical and concrete to the very abstract and idealistic. However, our world is constructed so that our physical, concrete needs must be met if we are to survive to address abstract and idealistic goals. Sun Tzu's strategy is a process that we can use as long as we have the resources to do so. If we run out of those physical resources, the contest is over.