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The Defeatist mindset – How to not become stagnant

Last night while playing Ark Survival Evolved. My friends base was raided by an exploit. An enemy faction utilized game mechanics in a way that can be only described as exploiting to destroy my friends base. I thought it was amazing. I wanted in on the retaliation that I know from playing with them for years would ensue. But I came to find out that they have changed. They believed that waiting out some mystery timer would be there greatest benefit “while they rebuild.”

This leads me to ponder what had happened to the bloodthirsty savages that I knew and what had become of them. Then I sought out Sun Tzu for clarification. I looked at his quotes to find inspiration in the way I would approach this topic. The Marine in me just wants to go on the offensive but looking at the quotes from Sun Tzu I quickly learned they were right.

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” Sun Tzu

By this logic, I had prepared myself to lose this fight. I was ill prepared to take the offensive and the enemy had plenty of time to prepare for my coming. So in return, I was at the disadvantage. The deeper into this rabbit hole I went I continued to find that I myself was deficient in the art of war and that a prepared soldier is a victorious soldier.

“The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.” Sun Tzu

In closing, I learned that being prepared is more important than hitting back.. I often feel that when I take a black eye I want to give a black eye. But this is a half measure.. Being prepared is more important than striking back. I will leave you with one more quote from Sun Tzu that I find very powerful.

He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.” Sun Tzu

Kraven you sir were right, I stand corrected.
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