I’ve always believed virtually anything in life can be analogized to sports – or the military.
A successful businessman – and now author of “The Texas Spirit” – named David M. Smith agrees with me.
He says – and I concur – that the following aphorisms apply to both military and business endeavors:
- Take the offensive – because defense alone never wins.
- When defense is necessary, fall back carefully, with a plan – and while still firing.
- Be prepared to use every option at your disposal.
- At some point, “counterattack” will be necessary.
- Counterattack quickly – but not emotionally.
- Always have enough troops and supplies available.
- Be leery of taking a “weak” front. In combat, weak fronts are usually traps.
- Never sleep while on “guard duty.” Vigilance is key, even during lulls in the action.
- Don’t be overly cautious. Taking calculated risk is necessary in all contests.
- Have a primary objective that’s understood by everyone.
- Sweat the details. This prevents small issues from turning into big issues.