Why Your Brilliant Strategy Doesn’t Matter

For several years I’ve competed on a racquetball league at my local club. The league is broken out into different divisions by skill level, but there is a wide age disparity in each division. I met a man in his mid 80s who regularly beats most players in the league.

This gentleman doesn’t hit the ball very hard, he doesn’t run terribly fast, he sure doesn’t dive for any balls, and his serve is slower than anyone else in the league. What he lacks in athleticism he makes up for in the execution of his strategy. Nearly every ball he hits is placed perfectly. If he’s able to make contact with the ball, he’ll win the point.

There’s no bigger ego check than losing to an octogenarian in an incredibly athletic sport, but there is a lesson to be learned.

You can create and refine a brilliant strategy, but if you can’t execute it, it isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.