Next Door Neighbor
I have a very interesting neighbor. He is a retired Army Col. He is very intelligent, he’s very kind and he’s very very good at talking to people at their level.
If there is ever any kind of economic collapse or zombie apocalypse or alien invasion I definitely want to be as close to this guy as I possibly can. He has got a lot of incredible stories.
The other day he was telling me about one of his military professors. He was a professor of military strategy. I’m not sure if this was a professor from when he was in a military Academy or if this was one of his commanding officers that he learned from in the military.
Most Important Strategy
He was telling him about the most important strategic idea of divide and conquer and he spent the entire course talking about how many different ways this divide and conquer strategy has presented itself in both military situations and in natural situations.
It’s commonly thought of as a way to attack a stronger enemy. If you’re of smaller forces and you have to fight against the much bigger and stronger enemy the first thing to look for is for any opportunities that you can split them into smaller groups and cut off communication between them.
He went through a lot of different military historical battles where this happened successfully. The most the most one of the most written about military strategists that effectively used the divide and conquer strategy again and again was Alexander the Great.
He had always fought armies much bigger than his but he always was victorious. His record was perfect. He never lost a battle and he almost always first studied the enemy, figured out where their strengths were and figured out how to separate their strengths from each other.
Probably the most famous battle is when he separated the Persian commander from his entire forces. Once the commander realized he was separate from his forces he fled in terror. Once all of the Persian forces realized that their commander had fled in terror the whole battle collapsed.
Another way that divide and conquer pops up as if you think about how lions stalk their prey or how any kind of predator stalks their prey. Almost always stalk a large group and they’ll take their time to study the group still take their time to find the weakest member of the group and then they separate the weakest member of the group from the rest of the group.
Find The Weakest Link
Once they separate the weakest member from the rest of the group it’s much easier to attack kill and eat that weakest member.
He further recommended that whenever you have any kind of problem whatsoever you should train yourself so your first instinctive responses is to think what is the smallest piece of this problem that I can attack and how can I separate this piece of the problem from the rest of the problem.
He said when it comes down to military battles the winner is not usually the one that comes up with the best divide and conquer strategy the winner is the one that first implements any kind of divide and conquer strategy.
Thinking Quickly Is Best
The best thing that you can do that is not to think in terms of complicated divide and conquer strategies but to train yourself to think of that as quickly and as instinctively as possible. All you need to do is begin the process of dividing the weakest part of your problem from the rest of the problem immediately.
The sooner you start that the better and if you can start that before your enemy does you’ll almost always become victorious over your enemy.
One of the most interesting cases of divide and conquer strategy was the foundation of the Roman Empire. Because the foundation of the Roman Empire was based primarily on a divide and conquer strategy but that divide and conquer strategy was set up by geography not any kind of human thinking.
Location Location Location
If you think about the city of Rome it sits smack dab in the middle of the Italian peninsula. Once Rome had established itself as a city it already divided the Italian peninsula. Once Rome had divided the Italian peninsula it was easier for them to conquer the Italian peninsula.
Once they conquered the Italian peninsula by virtue of geography they had divided the Mediterranean Sea because the Italian peninsula sits smack dab in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.
Once they had divided the Mediterranean Sea, by virtue of the geography of the Italian peninsula, they essentially had divided also the three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. Once they had taken over the entire Roman peninsula it was much easier for them to operate from the very center of Asia, Europe and Africa.
Easy Base Of Operations
That made it very easy for them to slowly piece by piece take over all of the land surrounding them. He said that just listening to this guy talk is fascinating. That when this professor would tell these strategy stories you strategy lectures and then give a whole bunch of examples to support his very basic very simple very important ideas.
He made them very very relevant. This guy is in his mid-probably 70s even though he’s old, he’s very very strong. He works out every day he eats a healthy diet I don’t think he’s ever drank alcohol.
He’s definitely the kind of guy you want to be living next to it if there’s any kind of economic collapse or alien invasion or zombie apocalypse. This guy is just a brilliant individual. Whenever anything happens I always think of him to be the person I would like to ask what should I do.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.