Article PDF: 6.5.7 Difficult Response

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Sun Tzu's five rules regarding the role of persistence in difficult situations.

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This article explains how to respond to the difficult situations that arise at the end of a campaign when we encounter obstacles that make progress much slower and more difficult than expected (6.4.7 Difficult Situations). While we are always interested in finding the path of least resistance to our goals, no path that takes us anywhere worth going is easy the entire way. The danger of the difficult situation is that it causes us to think that the grass must be greener somewhere else. Since beginnings are almost always easier than endings, it is always tempting to start a new project rather than finish an existing one (6.4.2 Easy Situations). People who skip from one thing to another without finish anything are never successful.