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Sun Tzu - The Art of War Explained In 5 Minutes

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The Art of War is the most influential treatise on war ever written, consisting of 13 chapters each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it has shaped the way in which conflicts have been fought for thousands of years from the Japanese samurai to the Napoleonic war. Not only has the book influenced military commanders and generals all over the world, it has had resounding effects on politics, sports and business to this day. In this video, we give key examples of Sun Tzu's most influential philosophies and strategies. These range from the Vietnam War to the coasts of Normandy in 1944. Thanks for watching! Make sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE and comment down below what video you would like us to do next! Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thelifeguide Music by: (Intro & Ending) https://soundcloud.com/ryantothec Stock footage by: https://www.youtube.com/user/Beachfro... Other videos: Left vs Right: Political Spectrum - Explained In 4 Minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDyece8CQF8 Genghis Khan and The Mongol Empire - Explained In 8 Minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlQ5fGECmsA&t=5s The Life Guide is a channel dedicated to providing interesting and educational content about a range of political, philosophical, economic and historical topics. Whether you are interested in a simplified explanation of complicated modern ideas or detailed information on ancient civilisations and philosophical schools of thought, The Life Guide is the channel for you.
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The Life Guide (8 months ago)
Thanks for Watching! Don't forget to Subscribe and click the Bell button so you can be part of the notification squad! What's your favourite Sun Tzu quote? Comment down below and let us know! “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” - Sun Tzu
•Φ• (1 month ago)
Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
Dichtsau (1 month ago)
dude...........or should i alrdy say "idiot"...? the name is spoken more like "soon" then "sun". i will never understand why u brits/muricans can't write letters as u speak them, but pls, try "su(h)n", he is not the star in the sky, his name is su'n! like "soon", but shorter! i mean if u speak out the name "sue" u guys suddenly manage it, so why not on "sun tzu" ??
Khalid Shadid (1 month ago)
"All warfare is based on deception."
Mimi S. (1 month ago)
+KostaAtlas Mainly nuts toi.
Zoe Porphyrogenita (1 month ago)
Juan Juan: if a commander really wants to win, s/he should study Count Alan Rufus, who won over the utterly defeated to his side, rebuilt their country, created new institutions, retrained their survivors and led them to new victories and ultimately global greatness.
Mundy Lunes (1 hour ago)
I swear to god the music sounds like Zimmerman's "Oogway's Ascent"
Michael Johnson (5 hours ago)
Vietnam is a bad example. The North could have been incinerated in seconds if need be. That was not the point of the engagement.
Tenwan (7 hours ago)
*Us nine year olds must use this against t-series.*
Eleven C (7 hours ago)
Do I hear Kung-Fu Panda music in the background?
Lawrence Gaming (8 hours ago)
Truth is, we remembered Sun Tzu for this phrase Im a very intelligent asian- Sun Tzu
Anphoria (8 hours ago)
The USSR has it down, just chuck bodies at them and you win.
Chris Fields (11 hours ago)
Vietnam war... US lost about 60,000, Vietcong lost about 500,000... Feel free to check that as most numbers show Vietcong losing around a million.. US didn't lose that war. USA went into their house under the rules of warfare that prohibited them from firing until fired upon in many cases and still mopped the floor with the vietcong. American voters forced US forces to withdraw. In other words, the USA lost to itself in the Vietnam war.... Same thing that happened in the civil war. USA hasn't lost a war to anybody else yet.
Hamad B (14 hours ago)
In my humble opinion.. when it comes to war, make NO mistake it’s ALLL about heart and will.. i do not give a fuck how big or strong you are.. and that applies for anything combat related.
Kevin Locust (15 hours ago)
what he said it seems like "If you want to live you need to breath". I feel the book is overrated
Rajit Tharan (23 hours ago)
That's all?
datboidoja (23 hours ago)
Wtf did u explain that was more akin to a summary and even it was infoless
Arthur Pendragon (23 hours ago)
To win the hearts and minds of those who follow, one must strive for perfection - Me, 2018 With that being said, you are missing an "i" in _Empire_ at 2:09. :-)
"Sun Tzu said that": Red Soldier
Samir Melje (1 day ago)
Want to win, attack unarmed peaceful indians with rifles. Want to win again, bomb unarmed jungle people with napalm and nuclear bombs. Want to be respected from your people, kill them.
Sandy Idiot (1 day ago)
sun zi’s name is 孙武(sun wu),zi is meaning something like teacher。
Kelly KitKat (12 hours ago)
Deception ? .. It is not whether you win, or lose, but how you play the game... If you believe death is a certainty... would you really want to go out, living underground like an ant ? 3:00 Samurai are respected because, .. they are cool... but burrowing underground like ants... no thanks. "Hello air support? Drop the napalm.. no men here." .... That said, war seems to be about promoting democracy - one person, one vote - while reducing the male population, to get to a gentler, kinder nation... one in which when a fellow honks his smart car horn at a woman walking on the street, she assumes it must be an irate driver attempting to navigate traffic. "Me so stupid. I should have bought the Mustang.".....You ever wonder, of all possible targets, why the WTC ? And why send two planes rather than one only ? Seems pointless, the second plane, if all they wished to do was send a message. And why did God permit those planes to hit ? So that the war on terror, begin ? .. Oh well, you cannot reach persons with the Gospel if they do not desire to hear it. As Jesus said, My sheep hear my voice, and a stranger's voice they will not follow. See, Romans X : 9-11 , king james version. Maybe a century from now, scientists will look back at the war in Vietnam and the terrorist attack known simply as 9-11, as part of man's evolutionary progress ? The crime of the West and of Europe and of the Israelis is that they claimed to know God, claimed to know the Lord's Christ, but what came out of their mouths were sermons extolling the virtues of eugenics, rape (the forced impregnation of females), slavery, mass murder, theft of land and property, et cetra. They hate God , love satan, and they blaspheme constantly. And when He sends his servants, they call them child abusers, homosexuals, lgbtq, and other such labels do they assign them. Is not the pope in rome, and pastors, priests associated with southern baptists, j w dot org, mormons, imams and rabbis, et cetra, guilty of calling the holy ghost a liar (which is an unforgiveable sin), or are these all merely ignorant of His Word? Maybe God has done this to them, so that they be signs to the rest os us - go not in these directions ? Seek ye Truth and Love rather ?
Kelly KitKat (1 day ago)
Oh heck, I'm not gonna remember all that. Umm, what would Rambo do ?
Kelly KitKat (1 day ago)
You have self-will, but self-will is an illusion. See, Exodus 17:11-12, kjv.
The Book of five Rings, The 48 Laws of Power
its niallermikey (1 day ago)
I thought the book is about business strategy? It is a good content anyway :)
Novy Rose Dao-Ey (1 day ago)
Thumbnail: How to win every battle. Me: Become Suvorov.
Kingmax9999 (1 day ago)
Apply this to all things .
Bandit bond (1 day ago)
Basically Fight Like a coward. i rather the 300 approach.
i dont think the vietcong had minimal casualties, they were killed and wounded in great numbers. Not endorsing the war itself, but forcing the commies to stop invading the south was hampered by the rules of engagement set by johnson. If the US had been aggresive in the north early on and kept it on, the north would have given in.
peace (1 day ago)
these technic is for the weak how to wine over strong army, is not for strong army how to wine over weak one, imagine russia practice this technic to wine war over Somalia hahaha
Darrin Dugger (1 day ago)
Pedro Paiva (1 day ago)
" If it is on the Internet, then it is true." -Abraham Lincoln, moments before the D-Day
Tomas Magnum (2 days ago)
The Vietnam War wasn’t lost..it was abandoned
candice beebe (2 days ago)
The US government fought to a draw. We let them Off.
Cameron Alexander (2 days ago)
The Vietnam war was never about winning or losing. It was war for the sake of itself. To give the US industrial-military complex a reason for existing.
Robin Johnson (2 days ago)
To know thy enemy is to know thy self.
beenie576 (2 days ago)
So hitlers army without subversion after all was the most powerful in thr 19th centery
Airstrip One (2 days ago)
Written by a guy from China, who were defeated by 300 British soldiers who didn't read his book. Yeah, don't think we British need pay him much respect.
jameskbarron (2 days ago)
Reading Sun Tzu is like reading a horoscope. It's vague to the point of being worthless and makes you look like a douche.
Eddy Que (2 days ago)
Americans lost the Vietnam War, communism spread
Esro Coeus (2 days ago)
Fucking Oogway Ascends was playing in the background.
STEPHAN FEIBISH (3 days ago)
It wasn't North Korea and North Vietnam America feared; but China. Take away China and the Americans and indigenous forces overrun the North. Then perhaps you have an Iraq situation.
Hildugard (3 days ago)
The North Vietnamese had plenty of help from their communist friends to the north.
Tony Smith (3 days ago)
Gross misunderstanding of what happened in the Vietnam police action.
LazyLlama (3 days ago)
For you to be successful the art of war should "No account be neglected". Tell that to Genghis Khan and the Mongols..... He was illiterate didn't need any book to expand his empire.
LazyLlama (21 hours ago)
+Eddy Que Google it and you'll find out
Eddy Que (2 days ago)
LazyLlama what empire ?
Jay Vee (3 days ago)
Total victory is defined when you've broken enemy moral.
AdamDunlapTV (3 days ago)
Umm except the kill count against the vietcong was like 50 vc dead for every American. So perhaps they maximized their kill rate, but it was still awful. It was a war or attrition.
BigBadWolf (3 days ago)
what if 2 sun tzu's meet - they both lose.
Bed Bug (3 days ago)
Does this work on Dota 2 or Warcraft 3 Rts?
Reinhardt Miller (3 days ago)
Reinhardt Miller (3 days ago)
Lesrock Mipha (3 days ago)
Thats how the british empire did and conquer many countries and made their colonies.
PatrickMCcolley (4 days ago)
As long as the other side didnt read the book too.
sapperEvO (4 days ago)
So this is the book Kevin Durant read
Jake Rojas (4 days ago)
War isn't a game or art. There's no battles. Only 1 Victor who has the war won... but he's allowing all the children, naive enough to think they're winning battles against him, to repent and taste victory with him. #JAKEROJAS #JESUSLIVES #BALLS
Disliked. Applied this to Fortnite and lost a match
catte jeremich (4 days ago)
chris dart (5 days ago)
Perfect! Been super curious as it's been used against me the last year, however too lazy to read up on it as I win without. Makes sense now as I have zero weakness when compared to these sad excuses.
x13x Monkeys (6 days ago)
An Enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Heart2HeartBooks (6 days ago)
In Viet Nam the US killed 1.1 million soldiers....they killed 58,000 US soldiers....Not a good example.
Eddy Que (2 days ago)
Heart2HeartBooks yet North Vietnam still won
Baka Chiki (5 days ago)
But Vietnam won the war sir
Zello King (6 days ago)
The Chinese used this against everybody but Americans are happy with a title of the best in the world
Euphoric Bastard (5 days ago)
Zello King because communism is gay
egoy34 (7 days ago)
Johny Doe (7 days ago)
M wife has been using this method on me for over 20 years keeping me a slave......
Danielle Castro (7 days ago)
Aside from Art of War by Sun Tzu, what would you say, on your own bias opinion, the next good book to read regarding these matters and topics. I think it’s interesting! Thanks for the video!
Hildugard (3 days ago)
The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi.
Brainchild Kubrick (5 days ago)
Danielle Castro Carl von Clausewitz, “On War”.
jake lee (7 days ago)
1. Know your ultimate goal 2. Come up with a plan 3. Identify your and your enemy and your Allies' strengths, weaknesses and desires 4. Wait for the right time. 5. Strike.
Jason Lynch (2 hours ago)
Probably do step 3 before step 2.
Shamim Nsr (8 days ago)
Is there anything to Win in the Business?? Please let me know..... thanks...
Rob Walker (8 days ago)
The Art of War book is a bit more complex than this post tells, but true enough in its principles. But it is of its time, now there is more to factors in, such as global politics, advanced weaponry and instant global communications.
Black Beard (8 days ago)
The nirth Vietnamese were losing until we decided to quit though
we the US never  lost a battle in VN, we also employed  the art of weak where we are strong, and b52's  the hell out of them.
Sean Chao (10 days ago)
The assertion that the North Vietnamese' military strategy is what resulted in America's withdrawal during the Vietnam War is disingenuous at best. For one, the North Vietnamese military casualty count reached near a million, whereas the Americans suffered approximately 50K. Secondly, the American withdrawal was largely due to propaganda fed to the domestic population, coupled with already negative sentiment against a draft. Although the Art of War is a very important set of teachings that can be applied to a wide range of subject matter, applying it the way that you did regarding the Vietnam War does everyone a disservice.
Christian Gabriel (14 days ago)
The Vietnamese had a ridiculous amount of casualties FYI
Does the presumption of winning serve anything more than the ego. Perhaps, but history illustrates- not for long. No war could ever truly serve as a lesson for love. Does a victor rest triumphant in their own losses?
carlu basilla (15 days ago)
Then why did china lose so kuch wars
Firli Nugroho (16 days ago)
Can this make me get Chicken Dinner on PUBG?
Johnathan Grey (17 days ago)
I wonder what sun Tzu would have done about the Navajo code talkers. Probably the ones who could defeat him. Like the Japanese empire.
Johnathan Grey (17 days ago)
Vietnam cheated by the way.
Glenn S (17 days ago)
It's simple. He will Triumph who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
Tyson H. (17 days ago)
Ight. About to go run some BLACKOUT
Bryce Johansen (18 days ago)
3:11 Lemmings?
Anderson Chua (18 days ago)
Put opium into the equation and the book fails.
mrswreck yovaaag (20 days ago)
Watch this while ur high. Ur welcome
space cowboy (20 days ago)
Our military leadership argues that the science of war will always defeat the art of war. Which is only logical since science has no light, warmth, love, joy, magic, meaning and wisdom. Making crimes against humanity that has no light, warmth, love, magic, beauty, meaning or wisdom .
gourab kumar (20 days ago)
So simple guide explained in very easy stepwise manner.. Very easy tutorial on how to down an empire. Now i will attack the world and rule it.. 😂
Mr Rose (21 days ago)
This has inspired me to camp in every FPS I play
Fernando Valdez (21 days ago)
2:27. If the Vietnamese actually knew the art of war, they would have had less casualties than the US, but no. 1.1 million Vietnamese died while only 58,000 American soldiers died. The only reason why the US lost Vietnam was because when the Democrats took over Congress, they stopped funding the US and South Vietnamese military.
R3N (21 days ago)
Viets were basically human ants! they were so crafty! underground kitcken, first aid room, dorms ! If we were in a doomsday scenario they would surely survive!
R3N (21 days ago)
Is admirable how formidable the Germans were that the only thing that was able to defeat was that the multiple of the world strongest nation had to band together to defeat them. The allies used Russians as a meat shield not wonder why they were pissed off after the war.
F Harrison (21 days ago)
When you are business trip far away, you must convince your wife you are near, so she won’t cheat on you. When you are nearby, you must convince your wife you are far away, so you can catch them on bed! Sun Zi
Mainak Basu (22 days ago)
Long time ago I had come across a quote. I can't remember the exact wordings but it was something like," When a single soldier gets surrounded by the enemy forces and his death is imminent he must become a monster/demon and fight like one that nobody has ever seen before in their lives." Is there anybody who knows the full exact quote. Was it by Sun tzu? Or some one else? I think this quote just means you can accomplish anything. If you have the determination of a demon and become hell bent, relentless and just go crazy at your opponent.
Jay Smith (22 days ago)
The Viet Cong didn’t have minimum casualties. Instead, they knew that the death of one GI had a devastating impact on its supporters.
Lorna Meek (23 days ago)
Ali ameer (23 days ago)
D Day was of no consequence to end of ww2. hitler was finished on easteren front
Raj Dash (24 days ago)
5 mins summarized in a phrase 'Divide and Conquer'
betterdays when (24 days ago)
The art of war is obsolete we have nukes now. Now it's about, will the world survive?
Mahmoud Michael Ajaj (24 days ago)
Zamashoe (25 days ago)
Sun Tzu or the TF2 tutorials?
GUL MAJEED (25 days ago)
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GUL MAJEED (25 days ago)
You should be asking yourself what is it that you are afraid of African or is it Armageddon catalyst capitalism maybe you are afraid of what came before catastrophe
GUL MAJEED (25 days ago)
Chicago boys sing the song Billy Don't Be A Hero as the marching band someone banned the willy maybe it could be that song women Don't Be A Hero willy Don't Be A Hero as the marching band
GUL MAJEED (25 days ago)
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Be Gone Thot (26 days ago)
Just get thanos.
Heinz (28 days ago)
Will this work on conquering myself?
Z X (1 month ago)
Tnx iam gonna use this for my boxing fights!
RAINN SANDS (1 month ago)
Can't win against a system when judges only acknowledge people using hand signs. You use those Exact same signs you in a gang. We have to protect ourselves some how from the cult of Satan

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