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Posted on 2007.04.16 at 22:00


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-04-19 00:33 (UTC) (Link)
I prefer the barbarian frankly!!!
ehowton at 2007-04-19 00:42 (UTC) (Link)
(Smoking baby speaks with a French accent.)
leonardii at 2007-04-19 02:34 (UTC) (Link)
Me too!

I like the mean and ugly look on his obviously thrashed flesh.

I don't know why - but it somehow truly fits not my persona, but my true grit when I'm in the business world. Corporate America is cutthroat, stab-you-in-the-back, step on your head to get ahead, and do anything to screw you over just to make you look bad so I can look better - kind of world.

So, there is streetwise, common-sense, and then there is business politics. If you don't know the politics, the others will eat you alive. So yeah, I don't let them screw me over or push me around. Of course I pick and choose my battles... you have to if you want to win the war. There's a time for defense, a time to attack, and a time to lay a siege. It'a all the the Art of War by Sun Tzu. His methods can direcly apply to business - if you know how understand his teachings and implement them in the business world.

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline,
simulated fear postulates courage;
simulated weakness postulates strength.

-Sun Tzu
snapper521 at 2007-04-20 04:35 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... interesting quote.
leonardii at 2007-04-20 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
I adore Sun Tzu. His practices are timeless and can be applied to just about anything in life. Not just good ol' fashioned war.

As a businessman - his work has come in handy on many several occasions.
snapper521 at 2007-04-22 03:33 (UTC) (Link)

Now THAT I wouldn't know anything about.

I have absolutely no idea how the business world works. Perhaps I never will, but since I like to learn and very rarely do I allow myself to stop learning when I don't know about something... I assume somewhere along the line I will pick up some basic business understanding, whether it is through someone like yourself or Eric, or through actual business classes at college.
leonardii at 2007-04-23 19:06 (UTC) (Link)
The first thing you need to study young Padawan is strategy. This applies not only to war, but to the stock market, a business meeting, studying for a test in school or college, making new friends, and of course - just everyday life.

Military action is important to the nation--it is the ground of death and life, the path of survival and destruction, so it is imperative to examine it. -Sun Tzu

Gain the advantage - you live, lose the advantage and you die. This is the ground of life and death. The path is the way to adjust to the situation - find this and you survive, lose this and you perish.

I think I will post more about this on my own site. Let me just do a little cut and paste, and then you can read the rest on my own LJ blog. :)

Seriously though - read Sun Tzu The Art of War. Its teachings are invaluable in everything I just said. War, business, friendship, school, and life.
snapper521 at 2007-04-24 03:32 (UTC) (Link)

At least you know your sci-fi movies enough to give a decent quote...

Tomato has called me "young padawan" once.

It was the first day of school, and he was in a lecture... I texted him that I was so scared I was shaking like a leaf and he answered back "be strong young padawan" but never called me that again - mostly because I later realized he has never seen the movie it came from, so he had no idea what the quote was even refering to... just had heard Eric use it. :-P

I've had others suggest that I read "The art of war", but I don't have time right now with school and everything. :-) Remind me later.
leonardii at 2007-06-05 21:03 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, young Padawan, Time indeed is precious.

So it is said that if you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know others but know yourself, you win one and lose one; if you do not know others and do not know yourself, you will be imperiled in every singe battle.
-Sun Tzu, The Art of War

So, this is a call to organize yourself and your time to at least "find yourself." In this way, you will win some and lose some (some days will be OK, others will be hectic and crazy). If you can have a strong enough will to not only find yourself, but know well your own surroundings and the people within it, i.e. - get yourself a day planner (and commit yourself to use it) and organize your schedule and learn how it is best used wisely to coordinate with others - and then you will posses the knowledge to make time appear whenever you need it, and never again will you speak the words "too busy" because you will have complete control over your life... and time management. In essence - no matter what comes up, you will win every battle, every struggle that comes your way. You will be prepared, organized, and fully in control of your day, instead of your days controlling you - placing you in peril (hectic and busy days that leave you tired, frustrated, and seemingly at your wit's end) because you do not know yourself or others.

This is one of the more important reasons for studying the "Art of War."
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-07-13 23:51 (UTC) (Link)
very rarely do I allow myself to stop learning when I don't know about something...
snapper521 at 2007-07-14 21:08 (UTC) (Link)
Shut the fuck up.
leonardii at 2007-06-05 23:16 (UTC) (Link)
Do you understand what the quote is trying to tell you?
snapper521 at 2007-06-07 17:55 (UTC) (Link)


Well... I think so, but I'm not sure I can explain it.

How about you just explain it and then I don't have to stretch my little brain to try to explain it? ;-)
leonardii at 2007-06-09 14:57 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Quote

Well, just ponder it a while. sometimes a Padawan needs their own reflection to truly hone their own thinking skills and reasoning.

It's like this... it you don't know what a word means - and I just tell you, you will forget the meaning sooner or later.

However, if you take the time to look it up in a dictionary, you put forth a certain mental effort - and this helps retain the meaning of the word, so when you see it again - your brain synapses will start humming and then they might just recall the definition with the only help from *yourself*. This builds independence, self-reliance, and most of all - courage and belief in oneself.
snapper521 at 2007-06-09 16:39 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Quote

:-P You sound like my Mother! *covers eyes*

But alright alright. :-P I'll... ponder...
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