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What Chess Can Tell About Our Life Will Surprise You

What Chess Can Tell About Our Life Will Surprise You

Chess is a board-game that most of us are familiar with. Duh! But there’re more things about chess that you never knew were so related to our life. Sudhir Srinivasan has shared his view on how chess is similar to our life on Quora:

White moves first

Black people are allowed by the rules to mainly be reactive – sad but it’s still sometimes true in today’s society…

Pawn promotions

The smallest people can become the greatest, with perseverance.

Castling

The top people never fight from the front.

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King

The ruler is weaker than he should be.

En Passant

When your opponent makes swift progress and rubs shoulders with you, you can cross him and take him out to retain advantage.

Queen

Women, despite being far more powerful than men, are encouraged to be selfless and keep the man’s well-being at the back of their mind at all times.

Pawns

If the lowest people in your team aren’t taken care of well, your group will not last long.

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Sacrifice

You must be willing to give up the things you love the most to be able to come up trumps at the end.

Forethought

To succeed in the long-term, it’s crucial to plan well in advance.

Impassiveness

It’s vital that your opponent never see you suffer, even if you are. When in battle, hide your weaknesses.

Rook in the End Game

The quietest and the most unexpected people can often be the most loyal and the most useful ones.

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Connected Rooks

It’s more useful to encourage strong members of your team to be together than to keep them divided.

Placement

A knight in a corner is a knight wasted. If you don’t give your assets what they need, they’ll be useless and perhaps leave you eventually.

Time control

If you don’t value time, you’ll lose despite all your strengths.

Pawn unity

If there’s bickering and no solidarity in the economically weakest sections, it’s a recipe for impending ruin.

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Pawn play

The poorest and the smallest ones are often the first to be sacrificed, and suffer the greatest loss.

Queen and Bishop

To be the closest to a top person, you must either be his wife, or be willing to cross everybody for him

Multiple Queens

A king is allowed to have multiple queens. Sound familiar?

“Life is a kind of Chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events” – Benjamin Franklin

I guess you understand more about what Franklin said now?

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Anna Chui

Anna is a communication expert and a life enthusiast. She's the editor of Lifehack and loves to write about love, life, and passion.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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