On The Need To Win
August 29, 2008 · Print This Article
Some time ago, I had read a few sports related articles that stated you should not be outcome focused but should be process focused.
Below is a poem I found that addresses this topic. I feel it applies to chess players.
The Need to Win
When an archer is shooting for nothing
He has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle
He is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold
He goes blind
Or sees two targets–
He is out of his mind!
His skill has not changed. But the prize
Divides him. He cares.
He thinks more of winning
Than of shooting–
And the need to win
Drains him of power.
- Chuang Tzu