By Dinesh Verma - February 2, 2023
29 minutes ago
‘If you know the enemy and yourself, you need not fear the outcome of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, then every victory will also be a defeat for you. If you know neither your enemy nor yourself, you will lose every battle.
– Soon Tzu, Art of War
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1) If you know your own strength and weakness and are familiar with the syllabus pattern and previous year’s questions of competitive exams then you need not fear any exam.
2) If you know yourself but are not familiar with the exam, then you will have to work very hard to clear the exam, so much so that even that victory will seem like a defeat to you.
3) And if you do not know both then failure is certain.
art of war
The Art of War by the Chinese general and philosopher Sun Tzu is a classic book on strategy and leadership that has been widely studied. Lessons from this book have been applied in a variety of fields, including business, sports, and the military. Applying these in competitive exams helps in preparation and better performance.
Let us see some lessons from ‘Art of War’ for competitive exams.
Lessons from ‘Art of War’ for competitive exams
Lesson 1… Know thyself and thy enemy
Soon Tzu stresses the importance of understanding yourself and your enemy.
In the context of competitive exams, it means understanding your strengths and weaknesses, as well as understanding the syllabus, pattern and content of the exam. By knowing yourself and your enemy, you can create a strategy that maximizes your strengths and minimizes your weaknesses.
For example, if you struggle with time management, identify it as a weakness and make a plan to address it, such as practicing time management techniques or breaking the exam down into smaller sections.
Lesson 2… The Two ‘P’s’ – Planning and Preparation
Soon Tzu stresses the importance of planning and preparation.
In the context of competitive exams, it means making a study plan, setting goals and staying organized. It also means getting familiar with the exam pattern and practicing past questions. By planning and preparing well, you can increase your chances of success.
For example, making a study plan and setting specific goals to cover a topic can improve your preparation speed and help you stay focused and motivated.
Lesson 3… Flexibility and Adaptability
Soon Tzu stresses the importance of being flexible and adaptable.
In the context of competitive exams, it means being able to adapt to new information and changing circumstances. It also means being able to adjust your strategy and tactics as needed. You can increase your chances of success by being flexible.
For example, if you find that your study plan isn’t working as well as you’d hoped, be open to changing it and trying new approaches.
This copy written on bamboo leaves of ‘Art of War’ is currently kept in the University of California, USA.
Lesson 4… Smarts and Surprise
In the context of competitive exams, it means being able to surprise the examiners by showcasing your knowledge and skills. It also means to present yourself in front of the examiners by disguising your weaknesses and highlighting your strengths.
For example, if your English is not good and you have to write an essay in English, then you should write in simple language by making small sentences (so that there is no grammatical mistake). In this way, you are able to hide your weakness of knowing less English and also fulfilling the standards of a good English essay.
Lesson 5… Focus and Concentration
In the context of competitive exams, it means focusing on the task at hand and avoiding distractions. It also means being able to focus on the details and nuances of the exam. Staying focused can increase your chances of being successful.
Lesson 6… Self-control and Discipline
In the context of competitive exams, it means being able to control your emotions and reactions. It also means being able to discipline yourself to study and practice consistently. In fact it is essential to be successful in all walks of life.
From the ever-invincible Chinese general Sun Tzu, we learn that by knowing yourself and your exams, planning and preparing, being flexible and adaptable, using finesse and surprise, being focused and concentrated, and self-control and discipline, Can be successful in competitive exams.
Today’s career takeaway is that ‘The Art of War’ provides valuable insights and learnings that can be applied in competitive exams.
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