Wisdom from The Book of Five Rings

“Determine that today you will overcome yourself of the day before, tomorrow you will win over those of lesser skill, and later you will win over those of greater skill.”  Miyamoto Musashi Fight Your Self: There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself. If you wish to control others you must first control yourself. Do not think dishonestly. Do not regret what you have done. When your opponent is hurrying recklessly, you must act contrarily and keep calm. You … Continue reading Wisdom from The Book of Five Rings

United States Space Force

The United States Space Force will be a newly proposed military branch that the United States President Donald Trump announced during a meeting of the National Space Council on June 18, 2018. This will become the sixth armed forces branch, joining the US Navy, US Army, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, and US Coast Guard. “It is not merely enough that we have an American presence in space,” President Trump said during his public proposal. “We must have American dominance in space.” Following this Vice President Mike Pence unveiled the plans for the U.S. Space Force on Aug. 9, 2018. What is … Continue reading United States Space Force

5 Levels of Leadership

John C. Maxwell’s book 5 Levels of Leadership was published in 2011. His book breaks down each of the five levels and how a leader moves to the next level, and how each level fits into the Laws of Leadership. POSITION LEVEL ONE:Level one is known as “position.” It’s the lowest level of leadership and considered the entry level to the leadership ladder. Maxwell points out that just because someone is a boss does not necessarily mean they are leaders—and those people will not get past level one. They do not think of those who report to them as team members—rather, they … Continue reading 5 Levels of Leadership

Teachings of Sun Tzu – A Shorter Version:

In Three Simple Quotes (With Explainations): 1.We must know when to fight and when not to fight: So we must avoid what is strong and strike at what is weak. Meaning: This flows directly from the win all without fighting. If we want to win all without fighting, then we should avoid strength and attack weakness to achieve victory. Attacking our opponent’s weak points are much more effective and efficient use of resources; it shortens the road to victory and increases the value of victory. Success can be accomplished in say attacking the weakest enemy troops or destroying critical war-making … Continue reading Teachings of Sun Tzu – A Shorter Version:

Quotes for Mindmap: The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of War is THE book about military strategy. Yes, the content is about traditional warfare, but the concepts and principles found within the book can be applied to everything from business and social relationships, to as well as sports. Although a short book, its full of wisdom. I am completing 13 Mindmaps (of which I have already completed 10) on the thirteen chapters of The Art of War which I intend to combine with my own comments, understanding, and quotes and ideas from a variety of religions, beliefs, and philosophies. The chapters are (Lionel Giles translation) : Laying Plans … Continue reading Quotes for Mindmap: The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Art of War (With: Prayers/Lyrics)

Each Art of War Chapter will begin with Prayers from religions and or Music/Song Lyrics – let me know what you think (or if you have suggestions on prayers, song lyrics etc). Each chapter will be summarised in a MindMap (10 Mindmaps out of 13 are completed so far) Chapter One – OVERALL ASSESSMENT (Islam) In the name of God, the infinitely Compassionate and Merciful. Praise be to God, Lord of all the worlds. The Compassionate, the Merciful. Ruler on the Day of Reckoning. You alone do we worship, and You alone do we ask for help. Guide us on the straight … Continue reading Art of War (With: Prayers/Lyrics)

Remembering Tommy MacPherson – Kilted Commando!

Colonel Sir Ronald Thomas Stewart Macpherson was a highly decorated Scottish British Army officer during and after the Second World War. He fought with the No. 11 Commando unit and French Resistance forces, becoming infamous among Axis forces as the “Kilted Killer”. Having caused so much damage to military infrastructure, a bounty of 300,000 francs was placed upon his head. He was awarded the Military Cross and the Croix de Guerre three times, and the Légion d’honneur. McPherson entered the Commandos from school at the start of World War II. He conducted raids against Rommel in North Africa, with the … Continue reading Remembering Tommy MacPherson – Kilted Commando!

The Alamo -‘If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him.’

It Was Not About Texan Independence Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821. Texas (called Tejas) was part of Mexico. In 1824, Mexico’s leaders wrote a federalist constitution, like the United States already had and thousands of people from the U.S. moved into the region. The new migrants brought slavery with them, and in 1829, the Mexican government outlawed slavery. By 1835, there were 30,000 Anglo-Americans (called Texians) in Texas, and only 7,800 Texas-Mexicans (Tejanos). In 1832, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna took control of the Mexican government, and annulled the constitution to set up centralist control. Texians and … Continue reading The Alamo -‘If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him.’

U.S. Government Shutdowns began in 1790 – Its the American way!

US government shutdown – What is it? Federal government agencies and programs rely on annual funding appropriations made by Congress which must pass and the President must sign budget legislation for the next fiscal year (FY), consisting of 12 appropriations bills, one for each Appropriations subcommittee. When the federal government’s fiscal year began October 1, Congress had enacted five of the 12 appropriations bills for FY 2019. Lawmakers have not yet passed full-year appropriations for the departments and agencies covered by the other seven appropriations bills. These programs had been running on continuing resolutions (CRs) that extend current funding levels. … Continue reading U.S. Government Shutdowns began in 1790 – Its the American way!

WHAT IS CONFLICT RESOLUTION?

Conflict (struggle) is a natural part of our lives, as well as the lives of those around us including our families, tribes, organisations, and nations. Resolving conflict between two or more parties to find workable and peaceful solutions to disagreements between them is what conflict resolution is about. These disagreements may be personal, religious, financial, political, sports even or emotional. As disputes arise or seen to about to rise often the best course of action is to negotiate to resolve that disagreement or potential disagreement and these negotiation focus areas include: Finding a workable solution that the different sides can … Continue reading WHAT IS CONFLICT RESOLUTION?