Five rules explaining how we must identify opportunities to advance our position.
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This article explains Sun Tzu's basic system for identifying opportunities. Its rules are necessary because so many people mistake other people's opportunities for their own. One of the most common strategic mistakes is thinking that we have to duplicate the strengths of others in order to be competitive. The race goes to the swiftest. To win, we must be the fastest. However, strategic contests are more complicated than contests of skill. In using Warrior's Rules, we seldom find opportunities duplicating the success of others. The opposite, finding success by focusing on the weaknesses of others, is the kind of rule that we explore here.