Episode 172 – You Can’t Win A Chess Game By Protecting Every Piece

Victory requires sacrifice.
Victory requires sacrifice.

“You can’t win a chess game by protecting every piece on your side of the board.” I read it. Or heard it. Years ago. Somewhere.

I never was much of a chess player, but I understood the comment. It resonated with me and I thought, “That’s brilliant.”

The point was about business. It was just another way of saying you can’t be all things to all people. You’ve got to figure who you are, what you do and go narrow.

Today’s show is about focus, concentration and addition by subtraction! It’s about how we often fail because we’re trying to be This, That and The Other when a better strategy would be to pick one and let the other two go.

A recent episode of Shark Tank proves the point.


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