BLUFThe writer argues that some self-improvement and business coaches are misinterpreting and taking Sun Tzu’s text—The Art of War—out of context; to promote their products.
Natalie Wall writing in Vice makes the following points:
- Many rise-and-grind motivation business influencers refer to The Art of War to give legitimacy to what they sell.
- Book is often wrongly used to reinforce business as a toxic masculine endeavour, for example: attack an enemy where and when they display weakness.
- Modern writers frequently apply military terms to business methodology, e.g., conquest, personal dominance and social status.
- Dr Derek Yuen argues: "The Art of War is seldom understood in the West"—proper understanding requires understanding the book's Chinese and Taoist context.
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