My father taught me how to play chess when I was 7 or 8 years old. I soon discovered that I felt in love with that board chess and all its pieces. It was a story contained in 32 wooden pieces. My father’s intelligence and wise looks made me eager towards becoming a good chess player and I couldn’t wait for the day when I’ll have him defeated by my skillful play. Chess has taught me how to overcome unexpected situation even if I find myself in a big disadvantage or I’ve just lost some pieces. It was once the game of kings and they were using it to develop their “management” skills for the kingdom. Now we have the freedom to play it, learn and apply it to our intellectual doings.
Professional blogging or writing requires some intellectual skills that you need to master if you want to be recognized as a guru on your topic. And you need to be a guru, because people gather around them (subscribe around them) and listen to their dusty advices. Chess can be a a very brainy partner here. I’m not saying that if you don’t play chess, you’ll never be a successful blogger/writer or anything else related to intellectual stuff, just that it’s a personality torpedo as you rarely find these days!
12 Benefits of chess that we can implement in blogging or other activities:
1. Memory booster – the theory of the chess game isn’t that simple as there are lots of openings and lengthy variations. By playing chess, you will learn to recognize some patterns and apply the following steps. We know that a great blogger needs a good memory; it is one of the main pillars that support its authority.
2. Focus improvement – this is all about goals and victory. You start a game focusing on winning the game, you start playing chess focusing on becoming a better player/a more intelligent person. Likewise, you write a post to gain audience; you start blogging to gain recognition. Maintaining the focus on your tasks/goals is a skill you must develop. Use the assignment writing services when you need.
3. Leverages logical thinking – this is the more obvious link between blogging and chess. Playing chess requires some understanding of logical strategy + human psychology + known openings; blogging uses understanding of visitor’s psychology + known habits + writing strategy . You can’t go without making mistakes, but you can improve your winning strategy after you’re learner how to deal with them. What doesn’t break you, makes you stronger.
4. Creativity and imagination – you have to be inventive! Learning default combinations and applying them is just like copying other bloggers and using their own life styles/blogging ways. Don’t be afraid to let your own ideas spring all over the place. Use others as guiding shapes but not as carbon papers.
5. Independence – develop your own judgment and build neuronal patterns which lay the bricks to a strong, individual thinking. It may sound weird, but that small board of chess can condense, at a lower scale, society’s role models. By playing around, you learn to be yourself and to take specific actions.
6. Predicting and foreseeing/Planning ahead – one of Chess’s main properties. Our brain can work on established “roads”, no matter what the field of expertise is. For example, chess’s predicting and foreseeing techniques can even be applied in soccer, politics, movies, music. It makes you predict the outcome of present events and to foresee your own moves.
7. Success rewards hard work – more you play, better you become. More you write and analyze, “blogger” you become! Learn to take the losses and recover quickly from them. One of the greatest chess players ever, said, “You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win. You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player.”
8. Psychology – this game is an exam for your patience, nerves; your will power and focus skills. It is also a social tool we need, so try to play chess face-to-face not only using a computer. You have to know how to congratulate other for their wins and not being a hypocrite when doing so.
9. Dealing With Undesirable Situations – let’s say you’re almost at the end of your chess game and you are winning when your opponent makes a genius move and puts you in a very difficult situation. If the game has a big stake, then you’ll find yourself sweating and your heart will beat faster. By practicing, you’ll learn how to calm down, accept the situation and find the best outcome.
10. Responsibility for Actions – you are responsible for your actions, which are projections of your antecedent thoughts and plans. Writing a bad post will have its consequences just like losing your queen will do. Responsibility is a difficult skill to achieve but only when you’ll posses it, you shall have the freedom to consider yourself a fully mature human being.
11. Discipline – it takes a will of steel to finish a long game and to stick with your plans and tactics. There are traps which your opponent can set and you must remain well-schooled and follow your goals. Don’t let things taint nor distract your concentration from the main goal you have set for yourself.
12. Self Esteem – it is good to know what your level is and what you represent. Don’t boast yourself and be humble, no matter what but know who you are. Learn to value your skills and your abilities. In order to love others, you must love yourself. Trust yourself; you know more than you think you do.
Try to play chess as much as possible and each time search for a more powerful enemy. When you achieve a certain level in playing chess, you can start to apply chess’s rules into real life. This will help you make wise decisions as we sometimes need to apply critical verdicts, but we’re stumbling on emotions. Chess will uphold your blogging/living skills and teach how to mix emotion with reason.