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Sun Tzu Art Of War Essays

The Art of War by Sun Tzu Essay

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“The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or ruin.” -Sun Tzu The modern world accepts laziness, disrespect, rebelliousness, and mediocrity. The days of hard work and discipline are long gone; replaced by decaying morals and nonexistent parenting. If this nationwide contagion continues to develop, the result will be a country unable to sustain, govern, or defend itself. The solution is evident: military service. Mandatory military service in the United States for individuals 18 years of age for a period of two years would have numerous benefits, as well as alleviate many problems facing America. Compulsory military service gives a second chance to high school…show more content…

Sadly, the Boomers grandchildren did not adopt the ideals and skills of their grandparents. Generation-Y, for the most part, lacks discipline, respect, a good work ethic, and a strive to succeed. The depressing fact is that Generation-Y’s total mentality will be passed down to their children, and their children, and so on. This cycle would ultimately result in the downfall of America (“The 20 Differences” 1). Morals are not the only thing passed from parent to offspring. Lifestyles and genetics are also passed down; and right now, American’s are fat. Currently 34.9% of American adults are obese. The CDC defines “obese” as a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 (“Adult Obesity Facts” 1). For comparison, a 5”10” male who weighs 150 pounds would have a BMI of 21.5. That same male would have to weigh 210 pounds in order to be considered obese. Obesity causes numerous health problems. In a study on obesity in America, National Geographic stated, “Being overweight is associated with 400,000 deaths a year and an increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and colon, breast, and endometrial cancers. Most poignant is the psychological pain of those stigmatized by obesity. In one study at Michigan State University, undergraduates said they would be more inclined to marry an embezzler or cocaine user than an obese person.” (“Obesity Article” 1) Obesity is also incredibly expensive. In 2008 alone the U.S.

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I found The Art of War, by Sun Tzu to be incredibly relevent to today's business environment. Being a Marketing student in the School of Business made Tzu’s razor sharp strategies and philosophies very applicable to the modern day competitive business world. In this cutthroat job industry, getting a job of choice has come to be a match, and many students are not well-informed of how to fight this “war.” In his text, Tzu relays information regarding how to prepare for battle by staying flexible, covering different grounds and prepping for diverse conditions: all which can be applied to a business setting. Each chapter in The Art of War is intended to cover a different section of combat, but from a business student prospective, I…show more content…

As Tzu says “Every general has heard of these five things. Those who know them prevail, those who do not know them do not prevail (page 7).” All employers know what top five abilities to look for in a potential hire: communication, leadership, teamwork, problem solving and time management skills. If one is not constantly on their toes and prepared to exemplify those skills to their potential future boss, they’ll miss their opportunity for possible employment. Just like a battle or war, meeting with an employer takes lots of time and preparation to achieve success. By reading The Art of War, myself and all young business students would be able to use the idea of preparation to achieve success when meeting an employer. Following the first chapter with advice to always stay on one’s “A-game” and be prepared of employer interaction, chapter four makes some very significant points in reference to being prosperous in a business setting. In addition to being well equipped for any possible business encounter, it’s always vital to be flexible and adoptive to change. “Those skilled in military operations are able to change their formations in such a way as to ensure victory based on the actions of opponents (page 55).” Many times in a business situation, employees become very rigid and set in their ways. Not being open to new