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becoming strategic

I've played chess off-and-on since I can remember, but I've never been very good, and a lot of my life reflects that problem -- but to achieve something real and meaningful, I've got to change that trend.

It's tough. When you haven't been a long-view thinker for most of your life, there are some seriously entrenched habits that must be changed. Luckily, it's like Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension."

That's absolutely true: Once  you start to think strategically about things, it's addictive. The difference in results is so profound that you find you almost don't want to think any other way.

Demolishing a Game A great illustration of this is the very first night I read seriously on strategy and strategic thinking. I've forgotten the specific website -- something about life lessons from chess -- but that's less important, because there are many sites with thi…