Fortune Favours the Brave

Brave and Bold Bird.
Brave and Bold Bird, Let the strong winds come.

1Fortune Favours the Brave

Boldness is a trait that is often rewarded richly and frequently in life. Particularly so when coupled with good judgement of the situation. We often hear of the “first mover advantage” and that “the early bird gets the worm.” Some add “the second bird gets all the germs”. Boldness and indeed bravery are rewarded more often than not. But of course, it is the brave and intelligent who succeed consistently unlike those who are habitually reckless. They may have some early success but eventually misjudgement and complacency always seems to doom them.

Sun Tzu stated that:

  1. Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.
  2. Therefore the clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy’s will to be imposed on him.
  3. By holding out advantages to him, he can cause the enemy to approach of his own accord; or, by inflicting damage, he can make it impossible for the enemy to draw near.

The Art of War (Chapter 6).