The Long Game

April 30, 2014
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I usually don’t do reblogs on Doodle Alley, but this was too good.

The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci was no genius from Delve on Vimeo.

The Long Game Part 2: the missing chapter from Delve on Vimeo.

It’s funny, I’ve written a book on this subject matter, and yet I still get impatient with the long game. When will I be there? Will I be able to win the game before I’m 30?

What do you guys think?

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12 Responses to The Long Game

  1. Dado on May 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hey Stephen,
    Thirty is so young. When you “Win the game” what will that mean? I suspect the long game is not about winning, but achieving little wins. When I hear “We won the game!”, I know the game is over. You are achieving little wins over a lifetime and living wins and loses along the way. Some of my biggest wins have come from discrete disappointments.
    Dado

    • Robin Hood on May 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Very well said! While these essays express profound insights, they’re useful for perspective, not comparisons.

  2. Matthew Sample II on May 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I think some people never win the game. Because if they win, the game is over.

  3. Lisa on May 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you, I really really needed to see this. :)

    • stephen on May 7, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      :) me too.

  4. Kristen Stieffel on May 3, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Dado is so right. As long as you’re living, the game isn’t over.

    Your book is out, and you’re not yet 30? That’s a win. My book has only recently gone into production, and I’m 47. Hopefully it’ll be out before I turn 48. ;)

    Comparing to others isn’t the point. Not everyone will be Mozart, but not everyone will be Grandma Moses, either. We’re all on a different journey, with different timelines. The important thing is to do the thing you were made to do as best as you possibly can _in this moment._

    • stephen on May 7, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Well said! I agree.

  5. Amai on August 19, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I am really glad you decided to make a reblog exception for this. This was very much worth watching. I have that feeling all the time… like I should already have achieved something, and I’m so hung up on that feeling, that instead of doing something, I regret that I didn’t start earlier, and waste now lamenting that I have yet to have done something.

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