Article PDF: 6.5.9 Desperate Response

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Sun Tzu's five rules for responding to desperate situations by risking of all our resources.

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This article explains how to respond to the Desperate Situation that arises when our position is deteriorating rapidly and everything is at risk. The desperate situation is characterized by its lack of alternatives. We must make sure we identify our situation correctly, eliminating every other possible situation and response--which is why it is last in this series. The real risk of the desperate situation is that we delay making the difficult decision. The only alternative is that we simply give up, roll over, and die. Unfortunately, more are killed running away from a losing battle, than fighting their way through it.