In chess, students learn famous patterns and tactics. If an opponent does one thing, you are expected to react with another.
While it is good to recognize appropriate cues and employ the tactics you have learned, sometimes it is good to look towards where you want to end up and fill the gaps in a new way rather than using the past to move in a predictable direction.
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Chess first originated in its early form more than 1,500 years ago in India or China, but the modern variant has been around since the 15th century.
Chess played by the average hobbyist is very different from the professional. While the pieces move the same on the surface, the strategy used makes it an entirely different game. Garry Kasparov, an international grandmaster - published a book in 2007 that shows us the application of deeper chess principles beyond the board.
Whether in chess or life, don't be fooled by what's on the surface. The best approach is to have a framework in place to trim the fat and focus on what matters. Ask enough pointed questions to lead you to clear answers.
A strategy should never be followed as a copy of what's worked in the past. It should have a personal component of awareness designed into it.
It's common for us when we're inexperienced in a field to search through past narratives. Instead of using the wisdom to better think about our own situation, we try to use the information rigidly to guide what we do as if it's the only way.
The only way to master creativity is to put in the work. At the beginning, your work will be subpar and all the more daunting because the result is a tangible output, like a painting or a research paper.
One way to overcome this difficulty is to realise that a genius worked on more than one piece before they created a masterpiece. Einstein published over 300 scientific papers and more than 150 non-scientific papers. His non-published work contained more than 30,000 unique documents, and he wasn't always right.
Elon Musk shows the world how big, audacious goals can be achieved by dividing them into smaller milestones and embracing failure and negative feedback.
His goals are not something he is doing for the media circus, but something in which he is emotionally committed. Goals work when they are bigger than ourselves, enhancing our commitment and responsibility towards them.
When the most successful people were interviewed in the 1990s, they all shared one commonality: They were incredibly complex people. They were both differentiated and integrated.
They were differentiated because they took it on themselves to get exposed to the world. They were integrated because they learned to make sense of this diverse absorption.