It’s easy to overestimate the importance of luck on success and underestimate the importance of investing in success every single day. Too often, we convince ourselves that success was just luck. We tell ourselves, the school teacher that left millions was just lucky. No. She wasn’t. She was playing a different game than you were. She was playing the long game.
The long game isn’t particularly notable. It doesn’t draw a lot of attention. In fact, you might even call it boring. Most times you don’t notice tiny advantages until you see the big gaps in outcome.
When someone plays the long game, the results can be extraordinary.
The long game guides how you conduct your personal and business affairs. There is an old saying that I think of often, passed to me by my friend Peter Kaufman, “If you do what everyone else is doing, you shouldn’t be surprised to get the same results everyone else is getting.”
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