The Romanticism of the Three Kingdoms (author La Quan Trung) is one of the four great works of Central Vietnamese literature. This famous novel is still loved by the literary world. Some people even consider it a night book because it contains many in-depth lessons in life and business. Here are some lessons that those who want to build a great career should not ignore.
Twinning for Trainers: If you want to go far, go together – Find like-minded people
For readers of the Three Kingdoms, the twinning of the peach garden of Luu Be, Quan Vu and Truong Phi is probably too familiar. And the situation of a somewhat patchy Tay Thuc at the time was not much different from what a startup had to go through. The premise is just an idea. While Wei or Wu has all the necessary resources and an empire “backup” behind. The land of Thuc has nothing but 3 “co-founders” whose only assets are a common dream, a common ideal and a common goal.
At the time, despite a reputation for carrying royal blood, Liu Bei and his two brothers had nothing but a desire to restore the Han dynasty. To be fair, it wasn’t until after the battle of Xich Bich that Thuc had the concept of a military capital. And although Liu Bei often had to rely on others, it did not break the bond between the three brothers Luu – Quan – Truong.
For a successful startup, founders should have the same goals and ideals. For in rising from empty hands difficulties and stumbling blocks are inevitable. Having a common goal and a common ideal will help the founding members to be more united in difficult or conflicting situations.
Usually every person has a different starting point in thinking and working. If it is not possible to share the same goals and ideals, then the founders – the core of the startup – cannot go to the end together.
Tam Co discussion: the power of patience and knowing how to beat the ego at the right time
In Tan Ye, Liu Bei heard about Zhuge Liang’s fame and talent, so he did not tell his identity, but decided to personally invite him to help. On the first two visits, all three brothers did not meet Zhuge Liang. In it, the three encountered heavy snowfall for the second time, but still managed to get there, as Liu Bei thought that going with the wind and snow would show his sincerity.
At the third time, even Quan Vu was not happy and said he did not want to come. However, Liu Bei absolutely wanted to go. Arriving at the place, Liu Bei patiently waited for Zhuge Liang to sleep before respectfully discussing great things. After listening to Zhuge Liang analyze the situation at the time, Liu Bei knelt down and begged for help. Touched by Liu Bei’s sincerity and humility, Zhuge Liang accepted the offer and later helped Thuc achieve many great feats.
Those who do great things are people who understand the time, understand the situation, understand how to respect talents. In addition, it is necessary to throw away the ego, learn seriously and include talented and intelligent people with a very demanding heart.
Use the right person
Hoang Trung – one of Thuc’s “five tiger generals” – is described by The Romance of the Three Kingdoms as an ancient general who has the power to rival thousands of people. Luu Bi, aware of his talent and loyalty, still appointed Hoang Trung as post-general, the same position as Quan Vu (previous general), despite his advanced age.
This is most evident in the work, assessment based on performance, not on external factors. Don’t underestimate experienced staff! Experience is accumulated over time and in real battles, extremely useful. Both Zhuge Liang and Liu Bei understood that a seasoned general like Hoang Trung was extremely important to continue on the path of conquest.
In business, especially as an owner, it is extremely unfortunate if you lack a talent. And what’s worse, that talent will most likely join your opponent, then it’s easy for you to lose.
Opportunities are not many, must cherish!
Cao Cao of a small mandarin failed to kill Dong Zhuo, had to hide everywhere. But luckily, thanks to seizing a good chance, he built the extremely powerful Cao Wei empire and divided the world into the three-legged stance.
Opportunities come only to those who seize it, must know how to seize it and use it to achieve great things.
Before the battle of Xich Bich, Wei was the most powerful of the three countries and Cao Cao led the balance in the south by overwhelming numbers. In that situation, Thuc realized he was too weak to fight alone. Meanwhile, Dong Ngo is a key country as they are familiar with naval warfare. To fend off Wei, Zhuge Liang, with his diplomacy, persuaded Dong Ngo to join forces to resist Cao’s army.
Whether you are a startup or just a small business, you can fully empathize with Tay Thuc. When doing business, companies will usually always encounter a competitor like Northern Wei – big, stronger in every way and ready to take over the entire market. But there will also be other companies like Dong Ngo – medium-sized and with good potential.
There will come a time when you will have to accept that it is not possible to face a major opponent directly, but it is necessary to have a strategic alliance plan. Though it is not easy to convince a boss like “Dong Ngo” to enter into a partnership. But it is essential to ensure the survival of the company in the battle for market share.
Pride is the door to disaster
Guan Yu, Truong Phi, Ma Tac and Wei Dien… although they achieved great feats heroically, they all died tragically of pride, disdain for enemies and subjectivity.
In your life, work or business, you have to be careful and humble, proactively take the initiative and overcome challenges, because arrogant subjectivity can easily lead to failure and loss of everything.
Anger for no reason – the seed of a great disaster
There’s an old saying, “If you’re angry, don’t punish people too much, if you’re happy, don’t give people too much.” Being human is not possible without emotions, but it must absolutely not be dominated by emotions.
The mighty Truong Phi is a prime example. Although he encountered many auras in his life, his quick temper became a fatal weakness of Truong Phi.
Truong Phi impatiently defeated the Doc post, forcing the three brothers who had just stabilized into exile.
Truong Phi defeated Cao Bao, Lu Bu’s father-in-law, turning La Bu from a passive position to actively occupying Xu Chau, losing a good chance of development for no reason.
And the most fatal moment was when he learned that Quan Vu had been murdered. Truong Phi was furious, eager for revenge, so he arranged for his two subordinates, Pham Cuong and Truong Dat, an impossible task: “Within 3 days, we must urgently prepare a white flag with white armor, start an army to fight Wu otherwise we will be punished according to military orders.” Pham Cuong, Truong That justified only a few sentences, then they were brutally beaten. Finally, Pham Cuong, Truong could not bear That, when Truong Phi was drunk and asleep, he killed and cut off Truong Phi’s head and fled to Ngo to ask for Ton Quyen’s goods.
Truong Phi is a hero but gets frustrated.
In fact, no one is born with the ability to control their emotions. Only smart people with real wisdom will always remind themselves not to die evil.
Instead of getting angry, use anger as a motivation to strive. Only fools get angry, but smart people stand up calmly. If you have a good character, blessings will surround you.
To be an ambassador you must have a vision
Lu Bu killed Dong Zhuo, his adoptive father because of Dieu Chuan, which caused him to receive the scorn and contempt of the world, and eventually led to a great failure, his body was paralyzed and he died at the hands of Cao Cao.
By doing big things, small things should not interfere, which can easily lead to major damage.