Anticipate – Not only to Survive but to Thrive.

In 1996, Chess Grandmaster Kasparov played a six game match against IBM’s Deep Blue. Kasparov lost the first game. It was for the first time a world champion had lost to a computer using regular time controls. However, Kasparov won the match – 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.

In 1997, Kasparov again played a six game match against an updated version of Deep Blue in which Kasparov won the first, lost the second, draw the next three but lost the last one. Kasparov said, “I have to tell you that, you know, game two was not just a single loss of the game. It was a loss of the match, because I couldn’t recover.”

The only reason why a computer can beat a genius like Kasparov is the ability to look ahead and anticipate moves more quickly then humans. Computer chess applications basically anticipates and calculates different sequences of moves from the current position and plays the best move possible for that given sequence.

Motivational speaker and best selling author Art Mortell said, “I love playing chess. Whenever I’m losing at chess, I consistently get up and stand behind my opponent and see the board from his side. Then I start to discover the stupid moves I’ve made because I can see it from his viewpoint. The salesperson’s challenge is to see the world from the prospect’s viewpoint.” A sure way to win is to anticipate what is coming. Either way, if the opponent plays a move, we did not anticipated, there is nothing left but a certain defeat. Be it a game of chess or be it our real life.

We say we learn from our mistakes. But I believe these mistakes are nothing but scenarios which we did not anticipated. If we would have anticipated them well in advance, may be we could have avoided them in the first place. But since we failed to anticipate it, thus the mistake and thus the learning from it, to not to forget to anticipate it in our future.

One of the many things that makes a successful person successful, is his ability to anticipate things better than everyone else. When others can see only eggs, flour and ingredients a successful person can see a full yummy cake. A boxer gets knocked down by a punch which he din’t anticipated. Author Robin Sharma said “Those who resist changing and fearfully hang on to tradition will become extinct, like the dinosaurs who just couldn’t evolve as conditions shifted millions of years ago.”

In his 2015 TED talk “The next outbreak? We’re not ready.” Bill Gates said that the world was not prepared for an epidemic. Today, as our world suffers from Corona virus, I can see his words just came true. We failed to anticipate despite his early warning. As Darwin said “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” These bang ups and hang ups of life have a way of humbling us and I am equally sure that we will surely adapt and will come out as better human beings.

Life must be lived forward , can only be understood backwards but should be anticipated in advance. Only then, we will not only survive but also thrive.

For your better health and safety.


Published by Harsh Pandey

A shapeless Pigmy searching for his own awakening. Otherwise, I am a master mariner, commanding merchant ships on international voyages.

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