Stratagem 11: Sacrifice a Plum Tree to Save a Peach Tree or Let the Plum Tree Wither in Place of the Peach Tree

Identification

Accept a small loss for a large gain. Lose a battle to win the war. 

Example

Churchill’s decision to sacrifice English cities in order to protect their knowledge of German code. 

Solution

Know your priorities and don’t place disproportionate value (emotional, financial, or otherwise) on something that is objectively less valuable.

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