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Lateral Thoughts on Life.

Speaking Voynich.

Sometimes I feel like I’m talking to myself because no one seems to understand what I’m saying, but other times I feel like I’m talking to myself because people say exactly what I’ve thought before.

In the first case people are usually totally bored and think you’re stupid because they really can’t quite follow what you’re saying or it does not seem important or true to them.

It’s like you’re speaking an Alien language. When this happens to you a lot it can either mean you’re crazy or you’re a genius.This happened to me so much that I decided to just call my personal alien language “Voynich”.Of course I believe I’m a Genius. Some close friends say I’m just slightly “off my rocker”.

How many people do you think enjoyed chatting with Einstein about what it would be like to be “sitting on a lightbeam” ? How many sailors do you think were wondering what kind of brew Columbus was drinking when he first tried to convince them that the world was really round ?

The second type of  “talking to yourself ” is even more fascinating. In this scenario people are now quite excited to talk to you about some idea, they find amazing and novel, but while they are expressing it your eyes  are the ones that might just glaze over because they are merely telling you something you already knew. They’re speaking to you with your own “voice”.

Years ago I said on a personal website that “Chess is the Martial Art of the Mind.” People in Jamaica were silent or a few just snickered. Chess has no similarity to Martial Arts, I’ve never heard that before, this guy is crazy, they all thought.

I was already being called the Chess Ninja by a few who knew my personal theories of the game, they thought it was an insult or a joke. I didn’t mind the name though and considered it a badge of honour because I understood that I was merely speaking Voynich to them. They could not understand. My site was called Chess Ninjas Dojo and I couldn’t even get the local chess federation to put a link to my site.

Someone who worked with Kasparov, the world’s best chess player at the time, came upon my website. He wrote me telling me he was very impressed by my site. He put a link for my site on Kasparov’s site. Kasparov’s site was  the most popular chess site in the world at that time.

Strangely, it seemed that the World understood Voynich.

This man who worked for Kasparov later launched a website entitled http://www.chessninja.com .   Chessninja.com became one of the world’s most popular chess sites. It is built on the concept of teaching chess like a martial art.

Now fast forward into 2010 and one of the most popular chess videos features Jamaican born grandmaster Maurice Ashley. In this video he promises to teach the secrets of chess.

Grandmaster Ashley makes a startling statement in the video “Chess is Intellectual Karate”. He is telling me my own idea. It’s like I am speaking to myself. My eyes glaze over. The world Applauds. It’s a standing ovation.

Remember this the next time someone says you’re crazy or they can’t understand. You’re possibly  just speaking Voynich. One day the world will applaud and perhaps even beat a path to your door.

Indeed while it is true that nothing can stop an idea whose time has come, it is also very true that big ideas will most likely be questioned and rejected,  then perhaps ridiculed and worst of all… be ignored… long  before some latter-day champion , like Newton, “stands on the shoulders of Giants” and the ideas then become accepted as brilliant and then later on they’re considered obvious.

December 12, 2010 Posted by | blog, chess, Lateral Thinking, Marketing, non fiction, Psychology, Strategy, success, super power, writing | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Godfather of All Strategy.

I’ve been distracted from blogging by my first love chess. I’m training and working on my chess strategies, when I can, because I was
invited to take part in a tournament called the President’s Invitational. It’s the first I’ll be playing chess against human opponents in a
while and I am the lowest rated player in the event. This means I’ll be the guppy swimming among the sharks and everyone will see me
as Lunch.
Anyway the invite was quite an honour and a big surprise so I actually feel like Al Pacino in the movie Godfather 3 when he says ” Just
when I think I’m out, they pull me back in !” Chess is like an addictive drug calling me back. They’ve pulled me back into the chess
Mafia but now I have to show that I am still strategically potent.
While I was in this strategic mindset trying to figure out my strategies and wondering if was crazy to even enter against all these top
rated and fearsome opponents the USA Soccer team scored a stunning upset against the top team in the world Spain.
Seeing the highlights of the game and reading about it online after ( I sadly had to be working while the game was going on) was really
a motivating object lesson, a timely reminder, that a well executed plan will always be effective especially against an opponent unwilling
or unable to adapt quickly.
The lesson had already been made clear in the story of David and Goliath and in the fights between Holyfield and Tyson but it’s a
lesson worth repeating.
It also made me reflect on what might in essence be the Godfather of all Strategic guidelines.
“There is only one principle of war and that’s this. Hit the other fellow, as quickly as you can, as hard as you can, where it hurts him
most, when he ain’t lookin ” Sir William Joseph Slim.
“We’re happy with the result and we know we’re going to have our work cut out to get anything out of the final.”“We knew we had to
pick and choose our moments to go forward,” a member of the American team said after the game. The Americans did this very
effeciently. In fact they only made four shots on the Spanish goal but two of them resulted in goals while the Spainiards failed to net
any even after a dozen shots were taken.
Rankings and Ratings don’t mean much it’s what you do on the field of battle that creates victory.

Instead of blogging every day I’m here training and working on my chess strategies, when I can, because I was invited recently to take part in a prestigious tournament called the President’s Invitational. It’s the first I’ll be playing chess against human opponents in a while and I am likely to be the lowest rated player in the event. This means I’ll be the guppy swimming among the sharks and everyone will see me as Lunch.

Anyway the invite was quite an honour and a big surprise so I actually feel like Al Pacino in the movie Godfather 3 when he says, Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in !”. Chess is like an addictive drug calling me back. They’ve pulled me back into the Chess Mafia but now I have to show that I am still strategically potent or it could be quite embarassing.

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While I was in my strategic “Godfather” mindset and trying to figure out my strategies and actually wondering if was crazy to even enter, against all these top rated and fearsome opponents, the USA Soccer team scored a stunning upset, against, the top team in the world, Spain.

Seeing the highlights of the game and reading about it online after ( I sadly had to be working while the game was going on) was really a motivating object lesson, a timely reminder that a well executed plan will always be effective, especially against an opponent unwilling or unable to adapt quickly.

Colonel John Boyd had developed his OODA loops to try and explain battles like this. The lesson had already been made clear in the story of David and Goliath and in the fights between Holyfield and Tyson but it’s a lesson worth repeating.

The lesson could be called the Godfather of all Strategic guidelines and no matter how many times I watch Boxing, or play chess and poker, or read the Art of War by Sun Tzu I can’t seem to put the essence of effective strategy any simpler than this;

“There is only one principle of war and that’s this. Hit the other fellow, as quickly as you can, as hard as you can, where it hurts him most, when he ain’t lookin “, Sir William Joseph Slim.

So effecient. Very effective.

“We’re happy with the result and we know we’re going to have our work cut out to get anything out of the final.”“We knew we had to pick and choose our moments to go forward,” a member of the American team said after the game. The Americans did this very effeciently. In fact they only made four shots on the Spanish goal but two of them resulted in goals while the Spaniards failed to net any even after a dozen shots were taken.

shots

Rankings and Ratings don’t mean much it’s what you do on the field of battle that creates victory.

Instead of just being a guppy, swimming away from the sharks, in a frantic bid to survive, I am actually thinking about how yummy sharks will be to eat. I’m like a Pygmy dreaming of eating a few elephants. A crazy Guppy sharpening his Teeth.

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