The long game = short game + short game + short game

Most things worth doing require your participation in what feels like a long game: 

Switching careers involves years spent acquiring new skills, and countless job applications and interviews. 

Getting a Ph. D. involves years of course work, research, publications, going to conferences, and writing a dissertation. 

Qualifying for the olympics involves a lifetime of consistent training and rest. 

If you only set your sights on the thing that happens at the very end of the journey like the new job, the degree certificate, or the qualification event, it’s no wonder the journey can feel long and exhausting. 

The journey doesn’t have to feel that way though.

There is a more empowering way of seeing the long game: recognizing it as just a series of short games (or daily wins). 

Like this: 

If you show up to a lesson to acquire a new skill, you’ve won for the day. 

If you show up to collect data for your research, you’ve won for the day. 

If you train hard at the gym and get good rest afterwards, you’ve won for the day. 

Seeing each step forward in the journey as a victory provides what a long-game perspective can’t: a sense of forward motion and the feeling of reinvigoration that we often need to march ahead. 

This is especially important to understand when tackling the most elusive long game of them all: creating a great culture. 

There isn’t a single decisive moment that makes for a great culture where everyone thrives, yet we somehow are able to detect when a culture gets better — when the work environment becomes healthier, when the community becomes more vibrant. 

The way you change the culture is the way you treat any other long game: you see each act for the essential building block of the future that it is. 

Every kind act you commit, every compassionate thing you do and say, are victories in and of themselves. 

When you shift your mindset to seeing your daily actions as win, you create the best possible chance for the future you seek to become a reality. 

I'm really impressed by the way you materialized small wins in the title and combined it with the message. The realization that big wins don't exist and it's actually just a patchwork of small wins is key.
2021-03-24 14:44:35
! I've got my mentor to thank for helping this really click for me. I was talking to him yesterday about how you get people to contribute to building a better culture which takes a ton of time and he came up with the concept of 'micro-pride' - seeking to do actions that in and of themselves are something we are proud of.

There's some great content from Dr. Andrew Huberman's podcasts on motivation that talk about this too - very much related to dopamine. When you can sense forward motion / progress, you get a hit of dopamine. That dopamine motivates you to move forward which then gives you yet another sense of forward motion and progress. Very much a virtuous cycle. 
2021-03-24 16:29:55
I've enjoyed everything from Huberman so far. Speaking of dopamine
is now several chapters into the Molecule of More lol.

BTW in the tv/film writing community many writers looking for their break write 'spec scripts'. This would be like creating an episode for an existing TV show. The point is to see if the writer can take an existing universe/characters and write an episode that manages to create a novel, new story while respecting those existing standards.

Have you ever thought about writing a 'spec' document or series of documents for a 'company' where you were part of the culture building team?

2021-03-24 20:30:43
I was on board with the small-wins discussion and then the dopamine ran out by the time I got to the part about creating a great culture. 😜
2021-03-24 20:33:51
I've not, but that sounds like an amazing idea. Have a company mind?? 

haha, that's actually a very insightful comment! I'm realizing that my writer's attention span is at least 2x that of my own attention span. Much of that is likely due to my personal investment in my ideas, but from a messaging perspective that's not helpful if the punchline feels like it's a mile away from the reader's perspective. 
2021-03-25 19:20:30
I have companies in mind and I would love to be a part of you bouncing ideas off me, but in the end I think you would need to choose that company / context. We can talk about this on our call. After we talk about how great Warrior is. lol
2021-03-26 19:02:36
Wait wait is there a conversation planned to discuss Warrior and am I included??
2021-03-26 19:57:48
sounds good! 

 abe & chat every other thursday PM. i'm up for a chat sometime with all of us together about warrior! I finished it in less than week on Abe's recommendation based on your recommendation :P 
2021-03-26 20:01:30