Sharing my knowledge and experience with Migrants and International Students choosing New Zealand as their study and employment destination!!!
WARNING: I believe in bringing the topics right in your face with no sugar coating. I talk about mistakes, naivety, procrastination and at times lack of common sense. My writing style takes away the cushion of excuses from you and often invites you to come out of your comfort zone.
I am a ‘no-nonsense’ guy. Hence reader's discretion is advised.
Can the weak win?
Let’s assume and present two example countries in a mathematical
equation: let’s say, if Country 1 = X then Country 2 = 10X
other words Country 2 is 10 times bigger than Country 1 in terms of its size,
economy, resources, population, army, arsenal, security intelligence etc.
Which country do you think will win if they were to have war?
no-brainer; Country 2…. Right?
we were to study all the wars in the last 200 years in this world where very
large countries (the 10X types) have had wars with very small countries (the X
types), how often do you think the bigger side won?
us, would like to answer the number close to 100%. After all how can you
overlook the ‘10 times’ difference? It’s actually a lot.
answer might surprise you!!
Relations Professor and author of the book “How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of
Asymmetric Conflict”Ivan Arreguin-Toft did the calculation few years ago and
concluded, it’s 71.5%!!!
more than 1/3rd of times the smaller/weaker side has won the wars in
the last 200 years!!
didn’t end there, Ivan changed the question a bit; what happens if the weaker
side refuses to fight the way stronger side wants to fight, using
unconventional or guerrilla tactics?
The winning percentage of weaker side climbs from 28.5% to 63.6%
2/3rd of the times the weaker side has won the war!!! That's 2/3rd of the times!!!
that in perspective, let’s talk about the employment canvas of New Zealand.
More often than not, YOU - the job-seeker, end up being the weak party. You seem
to be a ‘no-one’ in front of the might of employment challenges. Your rejection
in the application process in nothing more than a number. You are competing
with countless other applicants for the single role in contention. You don’t
know how to respond when you are asked for NZ experience. You don’t know how to
be culturally fit. You hear so many things from so many people; what to do,
where to go, whom to speak. What’s right, what’s wrong!!?? Number of unanswered
questions are always more than answers leaving most of you in a less
confident and more confused state of mind. You ARE and you FEEL weak.
worry, 1/3rd chances are that you will still win this war… You shall
be employed!! As Ivan says, “Stronger side has lower interest in war’s outcome
as their survival is not at stake, whereas the weaker side has very high
interest in the outcome as their survival is at stake”
moral of the story is if you need to shift the odds in your favor, stop fighting
the way you are asked to fight by the stronger side.
it’s not all about fighting FAIR, it’s about fighting DIFFERENT.
data proves WEAK who fought to their strengths have won many wars.
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