For a moment, try to believe we are in a simulation. In this simulation you are randomly generated, you have no idea what the purpose of the game is, and mostly you wander around absorbing information around you, feeding the algorithm that inspires how you perceive the world.
No one knows who is succeeding at the game, and who is failing, so we all come up with mini games to compete. We have sports, we have business, we have art, we have science. At the very tip of the spear, each of these games, in the extreme, pursues the limitations humanity has, whether that be social, physical, elemental or creative… slowly pushing us to realize we have no limits.
In my experience, all games are games of endurance and focus, not intelligence.
If you are playing tennis, it’s the person who is willing to stay out for hours who wins. If you are playing chess, its the one that takes the time to understand the board.
There’s natural ability, and then there’s hard work. On day 1, it’s clear who has the natural abilities… but by day 10,001, it’s clear who has the work ethic.
Now, I think that the most important thing we can do as humans is decide which game to play, and then go for it. A good gauge of what game to play should be dictated by where your spirit feels strongest to pursue one of the mini-games.
And at the end of the day, why not pursue where your spirit is strongest! Even if it’s not the popular choice or the safe choice, that just means you’re playing a different game than your peers. At the end of the day, what’s the worst that could happen… we are in a simulation.