Knowing your season

Competitive gamers know that winning a game requires us to understand the seasons and match our actions accordingly.

In most games, it's as simple as the early, mid and late phases.

Each of these phases would require a different playbook - a set of rules and principles which help you build an advantage over your opponents.

By applying the right mindset and executing according to the season, you eventually build enough of an advantage to drive forward a victory.

In business, or life, this same principle works.

But one big difference is that it's much harder to tell the season outside of the simpler confines of a game. There's no timer. No hero levelling system. No bounties and towers and objectives to reference.

But the signs are there. When we see the leaves turn yellow. When the wind starts to feel that slight bit colder. When the sun sets that little bit earlier.

It's probably why listening is one of our most valuable skills. Or simply our ability to observe and process little details in our surroundings. But for those of us that master even portions of this, we find success comes somewhat predictably in those portions of life.


Getting Good is NOT an Accident

A close friend and colleague(Greg) recently wrote about learning, and how most of us think that the act of consuming content makes us better each day(full post here  - def check it out, it's great).

TLDR; it doesn't.

I've been a gamer all my life. And have competed in all kinds of tournaments. And one thing's clear, we don't get good from just playing. We get good from all the time spent watching our replays, analysing our games, getting coached. And the best competitors just do it more diligently than everyone else who simply plays mindlessly.

I've never been that good at chess, but I grew up around some really strong national players in Singapore during secondary school. So I got really excited when I discovered a cool feature on recently(few days ago). There is a sophisticated system that provides a detailed post-game analysis on every move - with an ELO/ranking that exceeds grandmasters. It tells you which of your or your opponent's moves are 'best', 'okay' or plain 'bad'. By analysing every game, and every opening, and committing to not repeating the same mistake in the same situation the next time it occurs, the improvements happened really quickly. It's like the perfect coach that never tires, never falters and gives world-class advice every single time.

Now how do I do this for everything else in life?

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