The Art of War

PHOTO: Tofuku-ji Temple, Kyoto. (Source: Getty)

What if I told you there’s a book that’s been on the best-seller list for close to 2,000 years?

It’s been translated into virtually every language, read by everyone from politicians to sportspeople and CEOs, and holds every bit of relevance today as it did when it was first written around 2,000 years ago.

It’s a playbook for success that can be applied to our personal lives, careers and financial circumstances, and it’s not The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People or The Barefoot Investor.

No – it’s The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

And it’s touted as the most influential treatise on war ever written.

It has not only inspired military commanders all over the world – it’s also had resounding effects on politics, sports and business over the years, with many business schools and top-tier firms classing it mandatory reading.

Now, I’ve had difficulty reading it, because it reads a bit like that scrawl you find inside fortune cookies.

And I disagree with the basic concept that everything is a conflict and should be treated as such – what an exhausting way to view the world!

However, there are some great lessons that property investors can learn from Sun Tzu The Art of War especially if you define victory as achieving your investment objectives and the enemy is defined as any movements in the economy and property markets that stand in your way

Just as you wouldn’t go into battle with a blindfold on and one hand tied behind your back, you shouldn’t be wandering into the world of property investing without being adequately prepared.

So, take the lead from Sun Tzu and use the ancient wisdom in The Art of War to give you a head start in the investing game by examining 6 of his rules:

1. When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be.

Self-limiting beliefs, lack of confidence, scarcity mindset… any of these sound familiar?

These are some of the most common thoughts that are holding you back.

Whether it’s in life, business or property investment, hanging on to negativity and only seeing the risks and dangers will only see you attract more of the same into your life.