The road to success: The 36 stratagems

Hello, everyone!

It’s nice to be here and do something from my heart to try to improve Your and maybe even Your friends life.

One day I decided to visit my lecturer at university so I went there and asked for something useful whether it’s a book or movie that could give me something useful for life and he replied that  I should check out 36 strata… Sorry, what? I asked for repeat and he replied one more time – the 36 Stratagems. That word “Stratagems” sounded wierd for the very first time I heard. When he said that 36 Stratagems discovered Chinese people, I thought it’s another nonsense from China. Like those clothes. You bring home those new jeans which You have bought with a hope that You have something different than “Made in China”, but You find out “damn, it’s from China again like every part of my collection”. Anyway, even clothes from China can be pretty great, but 36 Stratagems is something more than pretty. Let’s take a look.

The origin of the list is actually murky, but the first mention of it was as advice to a struggling general who lived somewhere in the Northern and Southern Dynasties period. The stratagems are traditionally divided into six groups, for the situations in which they are best used. Each group consists of six strategies. There are for around 16 blocks of Strategems, for example, Stratagem and cunning, Stratagem and wisdom, Stratagem and economics and so on.

Let’s go deeper. I have chosen for an example the Stratagem number four and it says: Awaiting at one’s ease the exhausted enemy. In other words, it means sitting it-out. Control the enemy and don’t let Yourself be controlled by them. You’re one step ahead and in top form You play Your game with Your exhausted opponent. Actually there is an e-book possible to find on Google and it gives You advanced information about history of each Stratagem, an example, description and risks.
For example, in this case the risk would be: waiting must not degenerate into missed opportunities.
When You put Your heart and soul into specific ventures, playing for the highest stakes, do not forget the Chinise proverb: “The praying mantis catches the cicada, but the titmouse is already lurking behind.”

Small businesses in particular should always take into consideration the fact that while they’re making a genuine effort, a powerful competitor is calmly awaiting his opportunity.


And this was a fast preview of only one of 36 Stratagems.
There are a lot more Stratagems like: “Killing with a borrowed knife”, “Beating the grass to startle the snakes” and “Catching the bandits by first catching the ringleader”.
And the interesting part about this is that You should think about where each of them could be applied. But with great examples and descriptions there it’s possible to do that successfully, my friend! It’s up to You whether You are going to check them out and find Your application for them or not in the New Year of 2016.

Thank’s a lot for Your attention and will see You somewhen.. At January it’s session for me at university and I won’t make a lot of topics, but I will keep looking for Yours for sure. By the way – I just bought a winter coat for that coldness outside – and it’s from China. Looks great, will see how it will be about wearing. See You and Happy New Year filled with love and success ! 🙂


  1. This just made me want to learn more about Stratagems. I must admit I haven’t heard the word before but than again, English is not my first language (excuses, excuses…). Have you thought about doing a post for all of them individually? You know, for us lazy people who can’t bother to read the whole book. I am joking of course but nevertheless, it might be interesting to see your interpretation of them. As far as I’m concerned, I’m off to read a bit more about ’em. Cheerio!

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    1. Hello! Nice to meet You. English is not my forst language as well, but I’m trying my best! 🙂
      I will think about advanced information about them, but don’t know if I will post it. Will see. That e-book is pretty great and You actually don’t need to read all, to find those Stratagems. They are easy to find and have detailed information about each of them.
      Take care and best wishes! 🙂

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  2. To begin; thank you for following. I am encouraged to continue and hopefully entertain.
    Thank you also for sharing your gift of the 36 Stratagems. Wisdom( from any country) is wisdom and only becomrs folly when not used.
    Peace out pilgrim.

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    1. Hello, thank’s for visiting my blog. It’s such a great feeling when someone can gain something from what comes straight from my heart. 🙂
      Best wishes and a lot of success! Keep going with Your blog!


  3. Great point. I don’t say anything to people that’s mean, bit I may relate to them differently. I need to be aware. I have a physical abnormality that if I got teases as a kid I don’t know how I’d handle it.

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  4. I like the look of this. Reminds me of a book i’m reading called 48 Laws Of Power. Maybe this one came first. I would recommend that book if you like this. P.s thanks for following the blog. Appreciate it.

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