Article PDF: 8.1.2 Reward Boundaries

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Sun Tzu's six rules defining the limits of our control over a position and its rewards.

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This article describes that successful moves often lead to tragedy instead of rewards. Since we naturally compare a new position to other positions, especially our past position, the most successful our advance, the more difficulty we have in understanding those limits (1.3.1 Competitive Comparison). The further we come in a short period of time, the more likely we are to misunderstand the boundaries on any strategic position. Political and military history consists of many examples of this problem, called hubris by the ancient Greeks. Modern pop-stars and especially lottery winners also provide a wealth cautionary examples.