4.8

Chapter: Tactical Positions 4.8
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Translation:

To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence.

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Commentary

When there is a royal road, paved with gold to your goal, with no distractions or threats, then it takes no skill to follow it.

Likewise, when many can see the obvious, then doing the obvious can hardly be called ‘excellent’. Seeing the unseen is a skill that can help you in many ways.

In business, it is easy to succeed in a rising market when there is plenty of demand. Real skill is shown in tougher times.