As a child, I grew up playing sports, card games and board games with my family, especially my father and brother. We were highly competitive and often wagered money (or chores) on the outcome of our matches, much to the chagrin of my mother.
Like most people, I liked money and hated chores, so losing really got to me. One day I applied a specific strategy in a game of Monopoly … and it paid off, I won. And I kept on winning, or giving myself a better chance of winning, whenever I applied a game strategy.
That was a great feeling and, more importantly, a life lesson– having a plan/strategy helped me succeed. That lesson still lives with me today as I try to apply strategic thinking to everything I do, including my work.