Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The futility of strategy

We always want to be in control. Always informed. Strategy makes us feel in control of the future. Typically, in a strategy we consider all the possible outcomes and the possible ways to tackle them. For people like us who have fallen in love with an Indian game called chess since our childhood, strategizing is our favourite pastime. And we feel proud about our mastery is making strategies.
However, I have realized that no matter how much you try to assess the future, the uncertainly will always remain. A simple example will illustrate what I mean. Suppose you have a job offer and you are also wanted by your current employer. You will spend an inordinate amount of time thinking, even before it is materialsed, about everything you can do to use it.
What a waste of time if you die tomorrow. Just imagine, the last day of your life you have spent sitting and thinking about things that aren’t there and not enjoying what you have. Neither have you enjoyed your offer, nor have you enjoyed your work place, which you might be leaving pretty soon. And leave along the fact that you forgot about spending time with your wife or girlfriend because you are busy strategizing.
Poor you.
It is wise to accept and to enjoy. In this case, your wife or girlfriend, your offer and the last days in your office and may be the expression on your boss’s face—in that order.
I know it is easier said than done, but no harm giving it a shot.