Chess is a thinking person's sport designed for those who plan several moves ahead while having the patience to maneuver their pieces in place. I am not a chess player but chess is a sport that is played by many people including former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, and Don King. Chess teaches a player to anticipate their opponent's moves and think ahead. For the athlete, politician, businessman or woman who plays chess, the sport develops their strategic thinking. Thinking strategically means understanding how your opponents or competition think and trying to anticipate what they will do. By thinking strategically, you can checkmate their moves.
In chess, there is no certainty, no "best moves," for each game produces new situations. In life, uncertainty abounds and there are times that flexibility is called for. Those who are looking for formulas to lead them through life may find that sometimes those formulas do not work. Each day, like each sporting event, represent different challenges. A salesman once told me that what made his job rewarding was that he never knew what would happen. What makes each sporting event special is that you don’t know what will happen and for the business leader, each day is the unknown.
A person once told me that experience is not always the best teacher. This runs counter to conventional wisdom. Experience does matter in much of life. Experience may allow you to recognize certain patterns, but if you are in unfamiliar territory it may be a curse. Our past experience may blind us to new opportunities.
The businessman, who is used to doing things the old way, may be unable to adopt to new conditions or take advantage of new opportunities. The athlete may stop working and find himself out-hustled by the younger tiger, and the diplomat finds the world situation totally different from when he or she were younger. So in some cases, experience blinds a person from viewing the world as it is, not as a person wishes it to be.