Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Popularity of Sun Zi's Art of War

During a competition, a novice reading a strategy book like Sun Zi's The Art of War, is not going to make him or her a better leader or a better strategist or a gameplayer. (unless the book is used as a prop in the game). He/she either have the conscious and the experience of being a good leader at that moment or they will be following a better leader.


Survivor castaways revealed

US network CBS has announced the identities of the 16 castaways who will outwit, outplay and outlast each other in China in the upcoming 15th season of Survivor.

As always some castaways have unusual occupations: 30-year-old James is a gravedigger, 36-year-old Jean-Robert is a professional poker player, 28-year-old Ashley is a WWE wrestler, and 38-year-old Leslie is a Christian radio talk show host.

For the first time, castaways will not start the series in a remote location: they'll be dropped into the middle of bustling downtown Shanghai, before being taken to a Buddhist temple on HuangPu Mountain where they'll be stripped of their possessions.

Contestants will face off in two tribes, Fei Long (meaning "flying dragon") and Zhan Hu ("fighting tiger"), and will each be given a copy of the classic Chinese treatise The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

"The book deals with leadership and how you defeat the other tribe," host Jeff Probst told TV Guide. "It's interesting how much it plays into the game all the way through."

Fans can check out all the new castaways for themselves at the official Survivor: China website.


It has always been my experience to browse through my copy of Art of War a day or so before the competition starts. I focused on the detailed point relating to each specific chapter.

One tradition of the ultra class professionals that I believe in is "... the annual reading and reviewing all of the necessary classics during a quiet and rainy day. "

Then ask myself the following question, "Am I practicing what I believe is right!? ..."

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