Sunday, November 4, 2012

An interlude

CatanThis maxim takes first place among all causes of success: Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.

-- Clausewitz, Principles

  • Find reality and face it squarely.
  • Stay on offense; never be completely passive.
  • Inventory what’s known, what’s still good and the assets available.
  • Set small achievable milestones.
  • Keep your friends close and your debts paid.
  • Arrange events to your advantage.
  • Take new ground where the old can’t be defended.
  • As circumstances are favorable, modify your plans.
  • Give everyone a stake in success, both tasks and rewards.
  • Avoid mistakes; challenge assumptions.
  • Focus resources onto the top priorities; eliminate the unnecessary extravagance.
  • Be clear, delegate, then depart; don’t overbear.
  • Stay inwardly, outwardly confident.
  • Decide the criteria for success in advance, and know when to quit.
  • And, in times of economic uncertainty, never ever fuck with another man's livelihood.

Seafarers Of CatanPractice the virtues of wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, courage, integrity, and strictness. Not least on yourself. 

-- after Sun Tsu, Art of War

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