As a kid, I was unfortunately injured playing football. Yes it was a head injury, and no they really didn’t know what to do at that time (it was the 70s.) I will dig more into that story some other time, but it’s not the point of this post. My parents got me into some other activities as I was a very “active” child. One of the games they had my play was chess. Being the over aggressive child, I would play at the speed of hockey, not chess. I was attacking, and pushing the pace. It worked many times, as most of the people I played were not “experts”
I never got great at chess, my parents got me the book “Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess” and I read it, to some point. But it had a lot of what I at the time thought was too much thinking and strategy, I was 12, and I wanted to win quickly. The more and more I played, the more I realized that I did not know everything. I learned the first from a movie, I watched “Searching for Bobby Fischer” (Great movie by the way), and it put me back to my Bruce Lee thoughts, that a mix of aggressive style and traditional style (no style as style) led young Josh to victory. That learning was the one key to life. That no “one way” is perfect, and to reach the top you must learn all different ways something can be done.
The second key thing was understanding how to move backward and sideways, not just forward. Many times in life, I had to reset, make a change or do something that wasn’t going straight forward. The road I took was not in a straight line, and it was not a perfect resolve like a half-hour sitcom Being able to make changes, understand you have to move in different directions to reach your goal is something that I should have learned earlier, but itis something that I have lived. My late wife I convinced to change career paths, with my daughter her sport of choice is one that was just a side diversion, and for me, I changed jobs not so long ago. All were turns, u-turns, and walking down different paths. I don’t know many people who had a simple straight line and go to where they are going, knowing it is going to be full of turns, get in a sports car and enjoy the ride.
Maybe all kids should learn chess in school….