There is this Ludo game I play. When I began to play it, I skipped the easy level and set the difficulty at ‘normal’.
I won a lot but I noticed that once in a while, when the computer should have moved its dices in a particular way that would have allowed it to win, it won’t. I always laugh and claimed it was dumb.
After a while, I got bored with winning so I moved up another level of difficulty, hard. At the beginning, it was as advertised, hard. I had cleared my previous winnings so it looked like we were at par. I wasn’t winning so much.
Little mistakes the computer made at the normal level, it wasn’t making again. It rolled six (and double six) almost with every roll. I kept up. And once again, I mastered that level and began to win. I became more calculative and cautious. You would think we were playing intermediate chess. I won, and won over again.
But after a while, I noticed the same mistakes with the computer at the normal level. Moves it ought to make and put the game to bed, it missed it.
I know this was a programmed robot with millions of possible moves, but what baffled me was that it wasn’t making these mistakes at the beginning. And I guessed and knew that perhaps, I was the one getting better.
This emboldened me, I cleared my winnings and moved to the highest level of difficulty, advanced. This started like hell. ‘Twas more of a revenge mission – the computer was winning almost all the time. Double six twice, followed by double five. Any mistake I made, it punished.
It was a Ludo game, but it was a hell of a game.
I have just two games on my phone, the Ludo and PES Football Manager, so it was not like I was going anywhere for alternatives. I kept that the Ludo. After a couple of weeks, the table seemed to appear balance. I was getting the hang of it. Every number I rolled, I took seconds before counting. I couldn’t and didn’t wanna leave a margin of error. If the computer was gonna win, it would be ’cause it was better, not by my mistake.
I guess the computer noticed this. It kept up with me and although the playing field was already leveled, I wanted an edge. At the back of my mind, I knew if I played long enough, it would fall back to the earlier positions of its predecessors, making mistakes.
True to that, for the past three days, it had started making them. I had completely forgotten about it, to be honest, but today, it made the mistake again. Suddenly, I remembered one of the reasons why I kept playing – waiting for its mistakes.
I figured, that’s how I would know I have conquered it. I realized that if you push hard and well enough, doors will open for you. Whether by divine mistakes or programmed providence, what was hard would soon be easy if you keep at it long enough.
That’s why giving up should never be an option.
If and when it is easy, keep at it by moving to the next level. Don’t settle for mediocrity. You will never know how better you can be if you stay at the base of the mountain.
Always reach high. Sometimes, even higher than you can reach. Elon Musk said, “Stop being patient and start asking yourself, ‘How do I accomplish my 10 years plan in 6 months?’ You will probably fail but you will be a lot further ahead of the person who simply accepted it was going to take 10 years.”
When you conquer the easy level, celebrate your wins but move to the next level of difficulty. When you conquer that next level, move on to the next. And when there’s no more higher level to attain, move on to the next mountain.
There’s always a mountain to climb, a game to play, a business to start, a project to build, an investment to be made… So, don’t ask yourself if you could climb. Ask yourself how far you can go.