Sun Tzu, the author of The Art of War, wrote one of the oldest and famous books to be written in history. The Art of War, is a Chinese military treatise that has become more than just for military use, it’s utilized in almost all aspects of today’s world. Businesses, sports, politics, education, and so many more have interpreted The Art of War and used it in their everyday lives. The Art of War portrays fighting as a guide serving a dual purpose, suggesting that strategy is not just useful for fighting but for achieving success in life. There are many quotes by Sun Tzu that relates my personal struggles and accomplishments over the course of my life. “Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” (Tzu) Sun Tzu is saying so many people never allow themselves to reach their full potential or to obtain all that they can. The possibilities are endless. If you were able to achieve one thing, why stop? Keep going until you have it all. Throughout my life, everyday has been one challenge after another. At the age of 12, I fell into peer pressure, made bad friends who did bad things and started to steal hundreds of dollars from my own mother. My grades started to drop from a 95 to a 67 average. The day I got caught stealing money from my mother was the slap in the face that I needed. The look on her face and the tears that came to her eyes from disappointment and heartache brought me to a realization of: Is this the path that I’m headed down? Is this all I will be? I’ve had aspirations of becoming rich and successful since birth. Everyone falls in a slump now and then, but it’s the ability to come out from there that determines your strength. I knew this wasn’t all I could be a delinquent who steals from her own mother. I sought the help that I needed, I found myself again, and I grew up. My full potential has yet to stop growing and has yet to be reached. Sun Tzu says if you’re able to do all that you can you’d be unstoppable.
Cited: Tzu, Sun, and Lionel Giles. The Art of War. El Paso, TX: El Paso Norte, 2005. Good Reads. Good Reads Inc. Web.