In the Art of War Sun Tzu wrote:

‘Thus there are five factors from which victory can be known:
One who knows when he can fight, and when he cannot fight will be victorious
One who recognises how to employ large and small numbers will be victorious
One whose upper and lower ranks have the same desires will be victorious
One who, fully prepared, awaits the unprepared will be victorious
One whose general is capable and not interfered with by the ruler will be victorious.

These five are the Way (Tao) to know victory:

Thus it is said that one who knows the enemy and knows himself will not be endangered in a hundred engagements. One who does not know the enemy but knows himself will sometimes be victorious and sometimes meet with defeat. One who knows neither the enemy nor himself will invariably be defeated in every engagement’

(From Sun-Tzu: Art of War (pp178-179) Ralph D Sawyer, Westview Press, 1994; ISBN 0-8133-1951-X)

Do you understand the enemy? Do you understand yourself, and the weaknesses in your plans? Are you fully prepared? Do your upper and lower ranks have the same desires? Do you have the Tao to know victory?

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