“The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be. It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender, and socioeconomic background. Whatever your circumstances, anyone can enjoy a good fight to the death over the chess board.”

- Simon Williams

Bhavin Yardi


The Story

Check-Mate! Boom! What an intense game it was! 

Wait, do you think I was playing chess? 

No man, I was playing a game called life. Never mind, they are the same. 

Sounds absurd, doesn't it? Let me explain. 

Whenever we play a move in chess, zillions of thoughts spring to our minds. What should be my next move? What are the risks associated with it? And so on. The exact same thoughts come to our mind when we have to make a decision in life, don't they? 

Ever wondered what would happen if you decide to checkmate the opponent with the queen and keep on playing only that piece and don't develop the others? In the end, you realize that this move is no longer going to work, and you turn back to other pieces for help, but you realize that you have none remaining. So is the case with life, if you go ahead in one sector, without assessing your other options, time will eventually quash all of them one after the other. 

When I started my college life and had umpteen number of doors waiting for me to open and enter through them, I was struck with indecision. Do I develop many pieces, or do I put all my eggs in one basket? Let's stick to the principles of chess, I thought. 

Moving ahead by developing all the pieces of my interest, with each piece supporting the others while increasing its own individual importance, seemed to be the right move. 

Furthermore, today's corporate world expects all-rounders. Metaphorically speaking, you should know how to exploit the strengths of different pieces based on the requirements of a particular situation, instead of relying solely on your strongest piece. 

Summing up my experiences, jack of all and an ace of one aren’t independent of one another but are somewhat connected processes. Explore your varied interests at the start, and with every subsequent step, keep investing your time and effort in your preferred ones. Keeping up this momentum, you will eventually end up having mastered a single field. When you look back, you will realize it was never Jack of all trades or an ace of one, but rather jack of all trades and an ace of one. 


Edited By :

Anshu Behera

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