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My Favorite Strategy from Sun Tzu

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

My favorite bit of counsel from Sun Tzu’s Art of War, is about strategic positioning.

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Section IV: Tactical Dispositions

1. Sun Tzu said: The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.

2. To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.

3. Thus the good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat, but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy.

4. Hence the saying: One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.


Why do I like this? I think its a good overall strategy. You set yourself up defensively. Then, simply wait for the enemy to slip up. That is when you attack.

By focusing your energy on defense first, you can stay in the game longer, as you await the enemies false step.

The Bullet Journal Helps Me Everyday

Friday, February 19th, 2016

I’ve been journaling for years, and I thought I had a good system down. I take lots of notes and write about all kinds of things.

What I lacked: a way to track if I was doing the right things each day. I could sort of do that, but I had to flip through pages, since it was all spread out.

I recently found the Bullet Journal, thanks to my dad. Its a great system for keeping track of everything. I can even add things as I think of them, rather than having to brain dump all at once, hoping that I got it all.

Whether you write often or not, you will quickly see how this system can help you stay organized. A key element of ‘organized,’ is tracking. That’s what this system excels at.

Watch the video at

then go to the getting started page:

to see how you can start now with any notebook you have.

Beautiful Weather Has Arrived!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Beautiful weather is finally here again! I am enjoying this so much. We are in the mid-50’s in Tulsa. After all that snow, this is a blessing.
Malerie and I washed our cars this afternoon. I hate having a dirty car. It was killing me to drive around in a dirty car. You could hardly see my taillights. Snow is not a clean thing.

Parkinson’s Law – Deadlines Are Beautiful

Friday, November 5th, 2010

I read about Parkinson’s Law today as I was re-reading the 4 Hour Workweek.

I well know the value of deadlines. One thing that has helped me be a better writer is doing timed practice. That’s basicallly a short deadline. Write everything you can about this subject for the next ten minutes, that kind of thing. It will make you a better writer in no time.

Parkinson’s Law as applied to time is good to remember when a task seems overwhelming.
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
That it does. When you give yourself a small amount of time to do something, you will automatically focus on the most important parts of the task. Its almost forcing you to recognize the 80/20 rule and live by it.

Our brains are so focused on finding distractions. We can spend a full day doing just a few errands, things that could have been done in an hour.

Remember Parkinson’s Law when you want to accomplish something, and set that deadline even if it hurts.