Your opponent is just another form of you, only difference is the present you is still stuck at a lower perspective of life.

Chess Set (Shatranj in Iranian), glazed fritwa...

When Sir Isaac Newton postulated in his third law of motion “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” it was not only in the physics of life but also in the entirety of life’s processes.

From growing up we learn how we change with time. But that’s not even the crux of the whole system. You see when we make certain decisions based on the need to take action, we seem not to realise that a good number of events are concurrently taking place.

You imagine a chess game with two players having one goal. When one player makes a good move, this forces the other player to think of an escape route or a way to counter that move.

Chess is a game played in turns, and a good chess player knows that you must avoid wasted moves. You are only allowed one move at a time, so if you are being attacked you make a defensive move that puts you in control of your pieces and probably pressurizes your opponent.

When a player has got no legal moves to make while the king is not in danger of being captured, we run into a scenario known as a stalemate.

Interestingly, this scenario of exchanging moves is one that we experience every day of our lives. Most of us do not realise it, but when we hit a difficulty or are faced with a daunting challenge, the other player has just made a good move. It’s up to us to come up with a better move.

Typically, a better move is usually one that reinforces / strengthens the point being attacked, or one that draws attention away from the point being attacked unto the opponent’s supposed weak point.

When we face those tough problems that seem to last very long, we are usually stuck on the next move and life will keep waiting for us to make our move. We can of course ignore the next move and focus on other smaller areas outside the main arc of our “game”. Doing so will likely give you time to cool off and relieve some of the pressure.

Note that once you make a good move, life will now have to the challenge of coming up with a better move. During the time your life is preparing its next move, you could make the most of this time by improving yourself. The better thinker is one who has learned the thoughts behind the actions that led great men to their destinations.


Wait, Why Think Yourself Backward?

This is one of my short quick posts that serve as a call to action. Seeing all the private posts I have refused to publish, I think it’s time I let one of these out.

As long as you think that time is always not enough, time will never be enough.
Scarcity? Time is not scarce because it is not a resource that physically gets exhausted.
Time is a perception of a resource that our mind makes up to align with all the other physical resources we are used to.

Overwhelmed? Just take a break on it and return when you’re more settled.
This note is for me (physician treat thyself).

Every day is new in itself. Starting with an opportunity to grab the world one tiny mountain at a time.

Building and Bootstraping a Software Company from Scratch

I have had some time working and building my own company. Short to say it has been the most interesting and also most precarious time I have ever had. Celebrate your successes, you’ll likely not remember them in dark times, so make a memory for them while they are within view.

Starting out early 2011 I had a few worries that got me struggling in my mind as to how to “just do it”.

Here is an excerpt from a couple of guys who did it without looking for huge loans and venture capital for their “brilliant” software company / idea.

“One of the great advantages as a software company is that you have a product that has a price tag. From the first days of forming the company, we would get in our cars, put our laptops in the backseat, and drive around trying to sell our idea.”Tableau’s founders were upfront when sharing their prototypes with potential clients, disclosing that the product hadn’t been tested, was missing a few basic features, and didn’t come in a shiny box. “But it did a few magical things that could really help someone,” says Chabot.

Today, I still have some of those fears that keep me from taking a bold dive into the deep blue sea of business. But that’s going to change in a few weeks as long as I consciously and diligently manage myself (not my time) with the will to “JUST DO IT”.

via Forbes.

Struggling with getting things done? Why Not Take Some Time to Understand The Power of Vision.

While doing some research 0n game development I stumbled on this article and although it seems to have almost nothing to do with actual game development, I picked out something very essential from it.

This has to do with our responses to challenges in life. Like if you wanted to go about creating a new game that would be a world changer, you need to set out with the right mindset.

Here’s is the most important part of this story with a link to the full story at the end.

The lessons I learned that day are ones that I would like to apply more often in my life. When I do remember them, they serve me well. Based on this (and other) experiences, I extrapolated the following lessons which have proven useful to me in more than just gymnastics:

#1 – Make sure you have a clear and CORRECT vision of your goal. Your body, mind, and spirit will do all kinds of work underneath your consciousness to help you achieve those kinds of goals. But if your goals are vague or flawed, you will get a confused or flawed result.

#2 – A detailed goal is helpful, but not necessary (beyond helping you achieve that clarity). After all, envisioning all those details about the movement of my body and arms to improve my rotation only helped me incrementally. But when I got the final version of my goal right, my body and mind already KNEW subconsciously what to do. I suspect that if your vision is TOO overburdened with details, it will lose clarity. Better to focus on the important parts and critical details, and let the rest take care of themselves.

#3 – Regularly re-focus on your goal! In the example, I would envision the whole thing in my head each and every time before I made my attempt. When you run a real risk of breaking your neck on a critical failure, this kind of discipline comes easy. So I’d envision it dozens of times a day.

#4 – Measure, evaluate your progress, and make corrections to your goal / vision as necessary. I doubt I’d have succeeded on my first try even if I had the perfect vision to begin with. But at the end, I was actually much closer than I thought, and I only needed to make one minor amendment to my vision to succeed (and, in fact, go too far).

#5 – Don’t be afraid to ask for outside help, observation, and guidance. Just remember that they can’t / won’t do it for you – success still has to originate from within yourself.

via Tales of the Rampant Coyote: The Power of Vision.