When Ego Plays to Win, You Lose
I learned a big life lesson when I was 17 and away at university. Less is More. I was invited to join my local pub to play on the pool team. Each week we’d visit a different pub and play them at pool.
I was a pretty good pool player, but I was aggressive, assertive and I took risks. I gave it everything and often times too much. Playing pool well and drinking don’t mix. So my performance would dip as the evening progressed.
Over time I compared my performance to one of my team member. Let’s call him Eddie, Steady Eddie. He was a fraction as good as me, except he used to win more. That was a critical lesson to learn. He took it steady. I let ego play my game. I’d always go for the shot. I’d play to win with drama.
He used to play what I called “Rolly Polly Pool”. He’d not really go for the shot, but he’d aim to get roll the ball close to the hole. He’d never overshoot. He just got closer to his goal, one step at a time. He was totally drama free. It wasn’t a fun game to watch, but he would win games.
Slow and steady. It really was a case of the tortoise and the hare.
Reminds me of my last post on Spikes vs Steady Growth.
I could not keep up my high paced game for very long. Ego got in the way. I’d crash and burn.
So over time, I learned to mix it up. I’d play some drama shots and play some rolly polly pool.
This lesson applies to life.
Learn when to play the big shot. Learn when to save yourself. Learn when to maintain your cool. Be deliberate.
Most of all don’t let ego get in the way. Don’t let your ego play to win.
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