There are two types of games in life just like in some sports. There is the short game and the long game. For example, golf is made up the long and short game. The short game, which many avid golfers consider to be the most important part of the game is where the scoring happens. However, in a game like billiards, the long game is all skill. It does not take a lot of skill to be able to knock a ball in the pocket when it is close. On the other hand, the more distance between the ball and the hole requires increasingly more skill.  In a telephone conversation with a friend, I was compelled to share this concept with him. The more he talked the more I began to see how these two approaches to a game share real-life implications.

He was telling meJust recently he was in a conversation with his co-workers and , I realized how both games relate to life and relationships. You have to be able to play both games skillfully and knowingly. It is imperative to know which game you are playing and what game other people around you are playing.

I was on the phone talking to a friend and he was telling me about his conversations with his coworkers. At the end of listening I told him something that startled him. “You cannot afford to listen to them because you are not where they are.” I could hear in his change of tone that he was both taken aback and curious at the same time. The brief silence allowed me to hear the words that were not spoken. What did I just say and why did I say it?

Before this spun out of control I had to explain my comment. On the surface he may have thought I was talking about finances when in reality I was talking about time. As a man turning 40 talking to men that are 15 years his senior his conversation and perspective has to be decidedly different. It is the difference between the long game and the short game. He was even informing me on their colorful commentary about people I know. I listened to what he had to say and then offered him offered him a different perspective. You see this gentlemen is close to 40 years of age and co-workers are mid to late fifties. In my opinion, they are in two different stages of life, and career. I think you conversation should reflect your stage of life. The guys in the

Before this spun out of control I had to explain my comment. On the surface he may have thought I was talking about finances when in reality I was talking about time. As a man turning 40 talking to men that are 15 years his senior his conversation and perspective has to be decidedly different. It is the difference between the long game and the short game. He was even informing me on their colorful commentary about people I know. I listened to what he had to say and then offered him offered him a different perspective. You see this gentlemen is close to 40 years of age and co-workers are mid to late fifties. In my opinion, they are in two different stages of life, and career. I think you conversation should reflect your stage of life. The guys in the

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