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Have a backup plan to avoid dead-ends, author says

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Author Chhorn Rithy writes self-help books on topics such as strategic thinking and decision making. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Have a backup plan to avoid dead-ends, author says

Monovichea is the author of several leadership guides which are being sold across the Kingdom. The author explained that he wanted to teach his readers to learn to think strategically for their benefit of their daily lives, whether in business, politics or relationships.

Monovichea’s real name is Chhorn Rithy. He said that it was likely fate that led to him becoming an author. Born in Ka’am Samnor commune’s Ka’am Samnor Krom village of Kandal province’s Loeuk Dek district, he is the youngest of nine children born to his farmer parents.

Rithy explained the main reason he turned away from farming and became an author.

“When I was young, I loved to read books – I almost forgot to eat once I started reading. I enjoyed the biographies of many important figures of the past. I was thrilled to learn of their achievements and their struggles through the power of history books,” he said.

When he read a book, he would note down to most salient points as he read, allowing him to gain deeper insights into the meaning of the work. This led him to highlight the importance of strategy.

“The reason I write about strategy is because I understand it is a crucial element of successful leadership, and not just in business or war. Strategic thinking allows us to examine a situation more deeply and predict what might happen in advance, allowing us to be prepared for any eventuation. In other words, we make sure we know how to win before fighting,” he said.

“I want my readers to be able to accept responsibility and have an understanding of what we should and shouldn’t do, as well as what to say to avoid bringing harm or trouble to themselves. All of us should have a backup plan to avoid finding ourselves in a dead end,” he added.

He said he wrote because he wanted to leave his work for the next generation and contribute to Cambodian society. “Even if this is all I achieve, I will have left something for future Cambodians,” he added.

Rithy began writing in 2017, initially in small local publications. By the end of 2018, he was publishing his own full length leadership guides, and finding success, both locally and abroad.

He has published many titles, but described what he considered to be his most important works. Having a Backup Plan, parts 1 and 2 showed readers how to think deeply and avoid finding themselves in trouble, or deadlocked in their lives. The two parts consist of over 600 pages.

Poisoned People is about identifying negative people and understanding them. Through this book, readers will be able to defend themselves from various deceptions and better understand the tricks of manipulative or dishonest people.

Offensive Strategy explores the deeper concepts of warfare, organising troops, leading people, controlling situations and overcoming challenges easily without expending too much effort.

He has also written a guide for younger people who want to get better results from their reading. The Art of Reading shows them how to understand a book as quickly and as clearly as possible.

By the end of the year, he is planning to publish Jar Rolling Strategies, which will focus on attracting people. He claimed the new work would reveal the truth behind many mysteries of human interpersonal relationships.

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