Book of the Day #6: The Art of War

IMG_0481.jpgA book recommendation list couldn’t go all the way through without giving due reference at least one of the ancient Chinese classics.

Many of you may have heard of the Art of War, and maybe have a vague idea of what it’s about. But for those of you who don’t, here is a little description on it:

Written by Sun Tzu, an ancient Chinese general in the Ming dynasty for his army: this book contains his strategies of war, as informed by the Ancient Taoist philosophy of yin and yang (up and down, left and right ect), and the Law of Mutual arising.

This book is a treatise for those who have an enemy that will not back down. As the book states in the beginning: ‘The best way to win a war is to avoid it at all costs. However, when the enemy will not back down, you must finish it quickly and with the force of 100 boulders.’

The book covers such topics as, battle tactics, encampment, invading enemy territory, espionage, formation and much more.

Although these tactics were inferred for the generals of armies actually going to war, these tactics are surprisingly universal in their law. They touch much of the laws governing our psyche and the universe itself, drawing upon ancient taoist philosophies of balance, mutual arising, and knowledge through no-knowledge.


-Ben

Watch out for the next book of the day. Here’s the last book recommendation 

Get OUT of the House!

For those of you that are having trouble reading and writing.

I speak to many people who tell me that they’d love to read, and they want to write more, but they have trouble with motivation. There are so many distractions in the house.

I can completely empathise. For a long time I felt the same way. I would get up early, get started, get started on my day, and 20 minutes later my family would be up and about, and expect my attention or be distracting me (often without meaning to). And plus, this was my safe space, my home.

The best way to counteract this ‘House distraction anxiety’ is to get out of the house.

I used to go to libraries or even park benches and grass to read and write. My favourite place however is coffee shops.

In coffee shops, nobody really cares if you sit there for hours reading and writing as long as you buy something… say a single coffee. I always have considered it an investment in my education, £2.70 a day or: a big coffee, and a productive, busy, social place in which I can sit for a few hours with my laptop (and charger) and my books. My rented portable office space in Nero’s with a bonus cappuccino chucked in for good measure.

Would you pay £2.70 a day for a couple of hours of productivity, office space, and ideas?

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” -Benjamin Franklin


-Ben

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The Best Habit to get into.

I recommend books to people on a daily basis. Over the years I must have recommended hundreds of people hundreds of books, exercise programs, musical resources, yet I KNOW that I could count on one hand the amount of people that have actually taken my advice and read the book, tried out the program, or even taken a look at the resource.

Something that will make you stand out from the crowd, as it has done for me over the years, is that when someone gives you some advice, or recommends you a resource:

– Write it down there and then.

– Think about how you will go about checking it out

– If you can, immediately take steps to getting your hands on the resource, bookmarking it, or buying the book on amazon.

By the time you are finished with the book, there are a hundred other people who are still thinking about whether to buy it.

The world is full of ‘later’ people. Be a NOW person.

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” – Mark Twain


-Ben

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