I made this tweet in early 2017…
…and yesterday (April of 2018), I had the great opportunity to be featured on the Side Hustle School podcast.
Since we’re on the Chess^Summit journey, let’s compare the process of building a side hustle and chess improvements in the following three bullet points.
- The Journey is a Marathon
- Find a way to Get Started
- Appreciate How Far You’ve Gone
The Journey is a Marathon
Whenever you start a new adventure, there is a certain amount of excitement.
But after a period of extended work with little or no reward, a tiny voice of ‘why bother’ frequently starts to cloud our minds.
This is the moment to see how much energy you have for the LONG RUN, and it feels like the mile-10 mark of a full 26-mile marathon.
No one can build a sustainable side hustle in one weekend, and no one can improve 500 rating points in one weekend.
There will be many ups and even more downs, but it’s always about the process of getting back our energy and excitement when the moments are tough to get through.
Whether it’s teaching chess or improving chess yourself. As Jack Ma said: Don’t give up ‘tomorrow evening’.
In teaching chess side hustle: there is the website, then you have to talk customers, and there are contents you’ll need to create. These are just 10 percent of the efforts to build the business.
It’s not different in improving chess: you have to keep up-to-date in opening preparations, the endgame to study again, and your recent games to review.
One word describes both scenarios: Overwhelming.
The way to overcome is to START one thing. Immerse your mind to that task and not worry about all the other to-dos. Get started and continue to build momentum.
Appreciate How Far You’ve Gone
No matter how far we go, we often only look forward to the next goals. And we will always find a more challenging problem to keep us busy but giving us headaches.
In chess improvement, you surpassed the goal of reaching 1500, now you start to look for 2000. And in chess teaching, you have one student, you’ll start to look for 5.
It’s good to have the desire to continue improve. However, find ways to remind yourself to turn your head backward once in a while and appreciate how far you have gone.
Remind yourself of the work you have accomplished will give you more confidence to go forward.
Wherever is your journey – learn to look for small improvements to help you go forward.