Use Obstacles Against Themselves

Wise men are able to make a fitting use even of their enmities.” — Plutarch

In history, we can find many examples of how not taking action led to victory. The best of these are the Russians, who defeated Napoléon and the Nazis by letting them march into the Russian interior to be trapped by winter. Sometimes not taking an action is an action - if we use the power of others and absorb it into our own.

If we see that the problem is enormous, that persistence and iterate don’t work, instead of fighting against the obstacle and wasting energy, we can find a way of making the obstacle defeat itself. Just like a castle can be an unconquerable fortress, or a prison when surrounded. Simply by shifting the action and the approach.

Of course, there is a difference between doing nothing and using obstacles against themselves. Passive resistance is an action because it includes discipline, self-control, fearlessness, determination, and strategy.

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