Strategy, Opportunity and Options
Here’s a thought for the day. We often hear the word strategy, and often do not know what it really means. In fact, the word strategy is often an overused term, as well as a misused term. I’ve seen myriad misuses in all spheres, to include my dominant domain, the military.
To focus thinking, I view strategy from the perspective of one’s ability to generate capacity, and to use that capacity to live life on my own terms.
I learned this perspective as a young Marine mentored by a Marine Major I worked for. He taught me that ‘captains think tactics; generals think logistics’. In other words, great generals think of the long game. Great generals develop the capacity to sustain their organizations and people to achieve a form of victory.
In the civilian world I learned another form of developing capacity. Through podcasts, and renowned speakers, I learned how to generate mental and moral capacity that leads to strategic opportunity. Tim Ferriss and Derek Sivers believe the best options are those that present the most options. And no option is bad when it allows you to learn new skills and develop new relationships.
Skills and relationships get you ahead in this world. Skills get you recognized, and recognition leads you to new people; new people offer you new opportunities. With opportunities comes growth and greater chances for personal success and/or wealth.
When I think back on my life and look at all the great opportunities and experiences I enjoyed, it was through other people and being at the right place at the right time. In reality, however, I chose options that led to options I would have never thought of. And, when I decided to choose one of those options, I was introduced to new skills and relationships that led me to new options. This is capacity. This kind of purposeful thinking is strategic.
The best options, beget more options, and with options come opportunity. You have capacity; you are moving forward; you can choose your victories and your spoils.
Ferriss, T. (2015, December 14). Derek Sivers on Developing Confidence, Finding Happiness, and Saying “No” to Millions | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss. Retrieved from [https://tim.blog/2015/12/14/derek-sivers-on-developing-confidence-finding-happiness-and-saying-no-to-millions/]
Sivers, D. (2016, April 16). How to thrive in an unknowable future | Derek Sivers. Retrieved from [https://sivers.org/d1t]