Strategies for Victory


Jeremiah Bourque

Site Founder Jeremiah Bourque

Welcome to Strategies for Victory, a website all about strategic thinking. This website is a launchpad for the study and examination of various classics of strategic thinking, including Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," Miyamoto Musashi's "Book of Five Rings," Machiavelli's "The Prince," and other famous works on challenging the self and overcoming the challenges presented by other human beings in a fast-paced, rapidly changing world. 

New sister web site: Languages for Victory

Though the overall pace of change has greatly accelerated over time, human beings remain very similar, even across a time of over two millenia ago; thus, learning about how people before us learned to overcome their obstacles may give us deeper insight in how to be victorious in our own battles in life, whatever these battles may be.

Sun Tzu for the Modern Strategist

This is a book devoted to bringing Sun Tzu to a modern audience. The Lionel Giles 1910 translation is extensively quoted, but I don't settle for that; I actually explain the issues involved. I wanted to put this into a book form someday, and this is the result. Go ahead and click for a preview.

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Blog: The Modern Strategist

This is my all-purpose blog having to do with my own personal projects, modern strategy, personal branding, and yes, Sun Tzu. It is devoted to "the visible and the invisible; the tangible and the intangible."

Blog: The Sun Tzu Blog

This is my Sun Tzu blog devoted to what I am willing to put out for free from my analysis and explanation of "The Art of War" from what I expect to become a full ebook at some point. If you want me to blog about a particular aspect of the book, get in touch or leave a comment and I'll see what I can do.

Sun Tzu's "The Art of War"

Be sure to visit our section on Sun Tzu's "The Art of War." At this early stage, Sun Tzu is clearly the theme of this website; more sections will be added as time goes on. Also, you may be interested in distance learning with Jeremiah Bourque to better understand "The Art of War" through a virtual classroom using PowerPoint presentations that provide historical context and relevant modern examples for ease of learning, combined with live audio and chat to deliver the most immersive, concise, and effective learning experience possible.

"The Art of War" is a difficult book to digest outside of context; by providing structure and explanation, Jeremiah Bourque utilizes his highly rated talent as an instructor and communicator to help you think more strategically.

These classes are new, and aggressively priced, so be sure to check them out.

Musashi's "Book of Five Rings"

A future course will address Musashi's "Book of Five Rings," a shorter but nonetheless fascinating book on swordsmanship, strategy, and samurai life. Penned in the final weeks of living legend Miyamoto Musashi's life, the famous, and notorious, duellist laid out the principles by which he lived out ihs life and discovered, to the extent anyone can, the Way of the Sword, for the eldest pupil of his Ni Ten Ichi Ryuu (Two Heavens One School) school of swordsmanship.

Rather than sugar-coating his lessons or providing a how-to guide that would lock a student into particular techniques, Musashi opted for an extremely efficient and focused script that taught, not a magic bullet, but a mindset for victory: the Way of the Sword is to defeat and slay your enemy, nothing else. Everything done in pursuit of this goal is the means to an end, not the end in itself; everything extraneous to this end, is a distraction and not part of the Way of the Sword.

Musashi hardly scorned other ways of life; in fact, he uses the methodology used in trades such as carpentry as parables on how to be a better warrior. Nonetheless, while mastery of the tea ceremony is the pursuit of victory over the self, mastery of combat is the pursuit of victory over others; consequently, acute assessment of a situation, understanding the psychology of one's opponent, frustrating the opponent's own strategy for victory, adapting to circumstances, and seizing advantage of any opening freely offered or created by one's own efforts, is necessary for consistent triumph.

Where Musashi laid his life on the line with the threat of imminent death in a single stroke of the sword, we may learn how to triumph in conflicts of a less lethal nature; for what is apparent from Musashi's own duels is that he was able to defeat opponents with the mind. When Musashi's sword struck home first and last, he had already found victory; he was simply seeing that victory through to its final conclusion. Musashi realized in the years to come that despite being a swordsman of extraordinary skill, these were victories of strategy first, swordsmanship second; he had defeated the man before ever swinging the sword.

It is this spirit that the non-swordsmen among us (a vast majority) can learn for ourselves and apply to our own conflicts.

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