8.6

Chapter: Variation in Tactics 8.6
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Translation:

So, the student of war who is unversed in the art of war of varying his plans, even though he be acquainted with the Five Advantages, will fail to make the best use of his men.

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Commentary

You can learn tactics by two methods. First, you can learn from experience. A cheaper way is to learn what has worked and what has not worked in the past for others.

The best generals are both continuous students and experienced practitioners. Through this combination they can learn what will work even before they have used it.

It is easy in business to speak with certainty. It is harder to have the humility to learn.