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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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Last Updated on February 18, 2019

Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

The ability to reinvent and redefine yourself is a bold, daring and purposeful choice. It doesn’t just happen. You have to make a conscious, intentional choice and then follow through.

If the thought of forging a new path, changing habits, thought patterns and your inner circle of friends scares you – you’re not alone. Change can be a very scary thing. It takes courage, fortitude and a bit of faith to decide to shed your old self and don a new persona. However, it is one of the most critical processes one must repeatedly endure in the pursuit of destiny. Change unlocks new levels of potential.

The Need for Change

Everyday when we wake up, we make a decision. We decide to follow our routine or we decide to go off script and shake things up a bit. For those who are creatures of habit, routine is comfortable, easy and produces very little stress. The problem with this is, after a while you stop growing.

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We all reinvent ourselves at some point in our lives. It is absolutely necessary to achieve certain levels of success.

Reflect back on who you were as a teenager and then who you were at 25. Those are two very different people. Most of us are completely different. Your thought patterns changed, your appearance, job, level of education and even your friends– changed. We like to refer to this as “growing up” or maturing and consider it to be one of life’s natural progressions. However the changes you made were purposeful and deliberate.

This process must be a lifelong and continuous cycle. You are never too old to refresh yourself.

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    Signs It’s Time to Redefine

    “Just as established products and brands need updating to stay alive and vibrant, you periodically need to refresh or reinvent yourself.”– Mireille Guiliano

    So how do you know when it’s time for a system upgrade? There are signs along the way that alert you that it is time for an overhaul. The first sign is the feeling of being stuck. If you feel like you are in a rut, you’re bored with life or you need some newness and excitement, a self reinvention may be in order. Re-evaluate your life vision and your goals. Is that vision still valid and are your goals consistent with your vision and–are they achievable? If you are off course, it’s time for a change. If you are not moving forward and making progress, it’s time for a change.

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    In life, there’s no such thing as neutrality–you’re either moving forward or you are moving backward. Time constantly moves forward and if you are standing still, you are actually losing ground. No matter your age or stage in life– there is always room for improvement.

    “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis

    The second sign that you are due for a change is the occurrence of major life events in which change is forced upon you. Getting married, starting a new job, being promoted, ending a relationship, becoming a parenting or relocating are all prime opportunities to completely overhaul your life.

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    When these major shifts occur in your life–you have to shift with them. You can’t have a single mentality and have a successful marriage. You can’t remain selfish and irresponsible, and raise a healthy, well-adjusted child. You can’t be promoted to a supervisory position and keep the same subordinate attitude. Each level of success requires something different from you.

    Aronld in Predator

      Consider, for a moment, Arnold Schwarzenegger. People may have different opinions about his character and some of his life choices, but he is a master at reinventing himself. He achieved the ultimate success as a professional body builder by earning the title “Mr. Universe” three times. He then earned a tremendous amount of fame and fortune in the entertainment industry making action/adventure films. And in his latest role, he served two terms as the Governor of California. He succeeded as a professional body builder, a film star and a politician. Each role required massive amounts of change, commitment, strength and hard work.

      And if Arnold can do it…so can you!

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