why neglecting the scope of your game is key to loosing it? and 2 steps to winning.

we faced some major technical problems at the studio a few weeks ago. this set us behind schedule in a lot of our projects. we managed to make up for all of them; except one.

at the same time, I launched notes. and readers have been saying beautiful things.

now between our other projects, and our late project, I have a negative amount of time left for notes. meaning, any time i spend on notes is time stolen from either that late project or from our other projects. the rational thing here is to drop notes for a while and put all efforts on saving one of our income generating projects.

except, it’s not the rational thing to do. tony hsieh, CEO of zappos.com, in his book ‘delivering happiness’, wrote about poker. he made this analogy that a business, and ultimately life is like a poker game.

in poker, the player that wins most hands isn’t necessarily the one who wins the game. the best poker players understand that winning the game involves purposely loosing a lot of hands strategically, while the other players are under the impression that they’re winning.

apply this to your project, business, and life, and you’ll start seeing things in the scope of the long-term. you’ll start seeing how everything fits in the big picture, instead of having a very short-sighted vision that gives you the impression of winning… until you ultimately loose.

back to my situation. I could put notes aside for a while and concentrate all efforts to save this late project. especially that notes doesn’t come with a client, and I’m my own boss. notes doesn’t generate any income. and notes will still be there when I pick it up again. while that late project is time sensitive, comes with a boss, and generates a considerable income; not only by itself, also from future referrals and word of mouth, that the client and the project itself generates.

notes has gathered a unique momentum, and once dropped will not pick up again with the same vigor. I would definitely win the hand by dropping notes. and I would ultimately loose the game. although within the scope of our studio alone, dropping notes does save the game.

except, the poker game for me, involves all projects I’m working on: for the studio, in parallel with the studio, for myself, and for the community/world. my poker is that of life as a whole. not my life alone, the collective life of everyone i influence; present and future. even those I’ve never met. and everything I do falls into that.

2. isolating each business, project, venture, and decision from the whole might win you the hand. but ask yourself: will it help me win the game?

1. I set the scope of my game. did you?

yours, will

twitter: @williamchoukeir

p.s. closely related: how failures create your biggest successes (how I failed)

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