Why surrendering can be good for you and make you stronger

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When you are weaker, never fight for honor, choose to surrender instead. Do not give your opponent the satisfaction of fighting and defeating you, surrender first. The next time someone pushes and you find yourself starting to react to meet aggression with some kind of aggression. Choose to not resist or fight back. Which will neutralize their behavior. 

Surrendering does not mean you give up totally, it simply means that you will wait till your opponent becomes weaker and develop yourself in the meantime. Once they are weaker, you can fight once again and win this time instead of being totally crushed or defeated. 

My friend, John, used to own a small restaurant that was attacked by a larger fast-food chain. Instead of trying to compete with the big restaurant chain, which would totally crush John’s small restaurant, he chose to temporarily withdraw from the business. 

As the saying goes, “Defense is for times of insufficiency, attack is for times of surplus.” After a while, the CEO of the big restaurant chain was replaced by a guy that was incompetent. The company suffered under the new CEO and could not effectively manage all of their stores. 

They were no longer able to provide the same quality due to financial difficulties and poor management. John used that opportunity to re-enter the restaurant market and open his store once again. This time he started expanding and soon dominated the local restaurant market. If John had tried fighting as a small weak restaurant, he would probably go bankrupt. 

Instead, he developed himself and waited for the perfect opportunity to strike. When the opportunity came, he seized it and became one of the forces that drove the big restaurant chain out of the local market. This lesson is not just for business but life in general. 

Authors Note

We wish our readers don’t just simply read this story but rather also reflect on the lessons mentioned. See if you can implement any of the lessons taught in your life.

Book: The 48 laws of power by Robert Greene 

Lesson(s)

  • Use the surrender tactic: transform weakness into power

When you are weaker, never fight for honor, choose to surrender instead. Do not give your opponent the satisfaction of fighting and defeating you, surrender first. Surrendering does not mean you give up totally, it simply means that you will wait till your opponent becomes weaker and develop yourself in the meantime. Once they are weaker, you can fight once again and win this time instead of being totally crushed or defeated. 

That is the power of surrendering, it gives you time to come back stronger. 

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