Jim Westergren
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"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." - Thomas A. Edison

Life As a Game of Chess

Chess

You might have seen in my earlier essays that I like to see life as though it was a game. Now I want to compare life as if it would be a game of chess. I think of it as I am representing the white and black is what I have to overcome in order to reach my life goals. My life goals is to be happy, reaching success as a writer, have many nice friends, getting a good girlfriend, raising successful children, being healthy, having financial freedom and helping other people to become successful.

I think it is important to understand that it is you who control the pawns, how they move and what happens to them rather than thinking that you are the pawns and they are controlled by God, your genes, patter in society, just random or any other such idea. Personally I believe that if you can establish the thinking that you are responsible for anything that happens in your life or did not happen which you wanted to happen then you have come far on your way.

The black pawns is every kind of obstacle or problem coming or standing in your way in reaching your goals and the game is if you can reach your goals despite any and all reasons. I believe you can, within reason.

In chess you predict what your opponent is going to do and each and every move has a consequence and meaning in the overall game. The same is in life. If you can predict what will happen in the future when you do certain actions and how your actions affects everything else I believe you are good on your way.

Did you ever play chess and stood up and walked around and saw the game from blacks side? Try to do the same in life. See life from other viewpoints and angles. Try the unknown, test things, learn, discover.

Probably the biggest difference between a game of chess and life is that in chess you know all the rules on how everything works. This is not so in life. In life you start as a child without a manual on how to live. Your parents and school will learn you a lot but most of the things you have to learn yourself. And many things are not easy. It is expected that you get good grades in school, find a good place to live, a job you like, a good wife or husband and successful children. This is not easy and some things can be very hard.

Perhaps you have seen the famous quote that says that your enemy is your greatest teacher? Well, in my example, I like to see it as the black pawns is what you learn from. Study how they move and what they do. See every setback as a new opportunity.

No matter how much you learn there is more you can learn. Never ever assume you know all about something. When I was a kid I read in an excellent article that an important point in becoming a genius is to learn something new each day. Focus on the things that will make you win over black and reach your goals in life.

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas A. Edison

Checkmate!


Update!

I am truly honored that this essay was recently quoted in the back of a published book. (CHECKMATE by Jonean McLain)


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About the Author Jim Westergren Jim Westergren is a web entrepreneur from Sweden now living in Bolivia. He is happily married and has two lovely children. Some of his interests are web development, SEO and writing. He is the Founder and CTO of TodaysWeb and his current major project is N.nu. Read his . Follow Jim on Twitter or Google+.
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  • http://ealtamira.com Seo Dragos

    good reading. Testing things can be a hard way to learn….

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    Chess just like life you need to remember that there is always someone better than you and you should always be trying to improve.

  • http://rb23.synthasite.com Rick Boyter

    After You get past age 55, some of us realize that the game of Chess
    that we call life continues on. This life is just a start. The old rules we knew at age 20 something, do not work in this area. I think
    that the sucess that some have at a younger age is a decoy to make them miss out on what is really important.

  • http://eksistensikoe.wordpress.com Bagoes

    yes I agree with you about life is like a chess game. if we only try to understand how life work,how are the rules of life, then you get nothing. as long as you make feeling about life,feel the rules, get understanding of what causes happenings in life, and aware of all you do every minute of your day, then you will find that…

    yeah..life is really really like a chess game..with a little bit addition..hehe..

    Thank You

  • zhi

    True indeed that life is like a chess game. However, I think we should give full control of our lives to the Grandmaster of Life… and that is God Himself. He is and will never be defeated. He knows every move and how we are going to play it. Most of all, He knows the endgame. It is a must that we take responsibility of our actions and be accountable before Him. In the very first place, life is His gift to us. And whatever we do with it is our gift back to Him.

  • vijay jain

    yes I agree with you about life is like a chess game. if we only try to understand how life work,how are the rules of life, then you get nothing. as long as you make feeling about life,feel the rules, get understanding of what causes happenings in life, and aware of all you do every minute of your day, then you will find that…

    yeah..life is really really like a chess game..with a little bit addition..hehe..

    Thank You

  • http://www.smilingtearsgirl.blogspot.com Vrushali Deshpande

    A wonderful representation!

  • http://none Maria

    Rick Boyter, what exactly is “really important” in life, that us young people miss out on?

  • Daniel

    Chess is a game that very few people truly enjoy, and even fewer master. The same goes for the game of life.
    Thank You
    Daniel

  • http://rb23.yolasite.com Rick Boyter

    Maria:

    I was referring to the fact, that the time we spend jn this life is a drop in a bucket compared to the time spent afterwards.
    Your only missing something if you have not thought about it.

  • A’nyo Jynnings

    you see life is like a game of chess, with each move you make you open up a diffrent path to take. no matter what you do always think twice before you move or you will find out the hard way how to play life without your most important pieces.
    life is what you make it, you better use your dreams before someelse take it.

  • Seth

    Agree, thus I always applied motto I got from an IT expert. “Test the reality before reality tests you.”

    Maria:

    I think Rick Boyter is talking about different dimension of our life.

    Rick Boyter:

    Sir, correctly if i’m wrong, you’re talking about more than reality. Is it the truth the sets man free? Sets younger age free from life’s decoy?

    Seth

  • rosesarered

    Indeed you are controlled by G-d The CREATOR of heaven and earth
    although HE In His Infinite Mercy has granted you strength and abilites. A person is in this world for the purpose of serving his Creator – whichever way you are going to think.

  • christian reyes

    ” i like it;-), very related to me^_^,

  • Godwin Clement

    Well spoken. Chess is life. Need I say this, in chess, every attack needs a back up and in life, without that back up, you are up against nothing. In chess, calculated risks with large pay off exist, so also it is, in life. So you see, life is like a chess game. I’ve got to go to bed now.

  • http://www.chessimitatinglife.n.nu Nirupam Banerjee

    I was first inspired in the ‘N.nu zone’ in the Internet thanks to this very impressive Article. And now I see the ‘N.nu project’ very interesting too.

    I have especially liked the following portion: if I were to select just one paragraph or a little less (say to highlight in the Google’s first page, just under the Article heading):

    “Did you ever play chess and stood up and walked around and saw the game from blacks side? Try to do the same in life. See life from other viewpoints and angles.”

  • Oran

    Interesting contrast to one of my favorites:

    “Life is like a box of chocolates”

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