12. Take the opportunity to pilfer a goat
While carrying out your plans you need to be flexible enough to take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself, however small, and avail yourself of any profit, however slight.
King Wei Huei was planning to launch an attack on Jhao, a country north of Wei. He appointed Pang-Juan as his general and, after some time, the Wei army fought its way to Handan, the capital of Jhao, and laid siege to the city. The King of Jhao was desperate and appealed to Chu, a neighbouring country with a strong military force, for help.
After hearing of Jhao’s appeal for help, the Prime Minister of Chu advised against coming to Jhao’s aid, but another advisor Jing She thought otherwise. He proposed a strategy by which, ...