The book that changed my life is titled The Art of War by Sun Tzu. I’ve always been drawn to books around strategy and unusual thinking and had just finished reading The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli when I stumbled on The Art of War. It is not a book on war, but can be said to relate to life, business and general human relationships that require understanding how the human mind works, how to hone and deploy skills, and how to manage and elevate human relationships.
It changed my thinking about comfort zones and how to see conflict in a different light than it being negative. I also learnt from it that knowing ‘your stuff’ and knowing it well is a key critical element to success. The book was, for me, a comprehensive analysis of how to navigate the different wars we fight in our lives every day. Most importantly, the book spoke to certain areas of my life that I needed to pay attention to and I since have.
Being reckless – which can lead to failure, over-soliciting other people’s opinions, not managing my temper and most importantly the art of laying low and not being overly exposed. The book was written for leaders and I must say, it did change my life. I am currently reading My Vision: Challenges in the Race for Excellence by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai. I’m still gunning to read Seeds of Fire: China and the Story Behind the Attack on America by Gordon Thomas. It’s been a fascination for me to try to understand the drive behind China’s rise. I haven’t had the time and I actually first need to buy it though.