Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Napoleon Bonaparte

War is like a game of chess – it not only teaches one to think their moves over, but also to anticipate and wait patiently for their opponent’s upcoming moves. It teaches us that war is not always about constantly doing something; sometimes it is all about relishing the sight of your adversary digging themselves into a hole.

From solely a war standpoint, one needs to tailor their strategy to their enemies. This does not mean being reactive; one should still have their own tactics in place and focus on fighting to their strengths. What this does mean is to be flexible in their approach. After all, there is no point squandering your time and resources over an enemy that is unknowingly plotting their own downfall. In other words, there is nothing wise about obstructing an enemy when they are committing a blunder, especially one that might cost them the war.

And it is not as if these golden words are only applicable to the battlefield. From business to sports, one needs to master the mind games as well. Sometimes letting your opponent come at you is better than warding off their attacks. Just let them throw that ill-timed punch. Instead of wasting your energy in defending their onslaught, you can simply dodge their attack and then make the most of that opening to turn the tide in your favor. Remember, the most successful people around focus more on working smart than on working hard.

Napoleon Bonaparte, more popularly known as Napoleon, needs no introduction. The legendary French military leader was ahead of his times when it came to political philosophy and war strategy. His matchless tactics were at their full display during the war with the Allied armies of Russia and Austria, whom Napoleon manipulated rather comfortably into losing a battle that the Allied forces seemed poised to win. The Frenchman once quoted: “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”