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Seriously, I never thought this would be the effect…

This week, I was asked to be a featured blogger (actually hooked up by my amazing friend, Liz Strauss from Successful Blog), where I was charged with live-tweeting a conference packed not with social media people, not with writers, bloggers and other geeks, but leaders on a very different scale—the World Business Forum.

The lineup included folks like Bill George, the now Harvard professor who, in a past life, built Medtronics from a $1 billion a year “small biz” to a $60 billion a year monster. Guys like corporate titan, Bill Conaty and management wizard, Patrick Lencioni (author of the massive bestseller “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.”). People like T. Boone Pickens, who made millions in oil, then lost 90% and rebuilt $4.3 million into $1.5 billion in 3 years, while launching a massive “security-driven” cleaner energy blitz along the way. And, the sole woman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods, Irene Rosenfeld.

The two day summit was wrapped up by none other than Bill Clinton. Beyond the fact that I noticed a astonishing preponderance of Bills and a dearth of women on the podium (we’ll save both for another discussion), the experience did something to me that took me completely by surprise…

It made me want to play a bigger game.

Not a bigger money game…a bigger impact game. A bigger footprint game. A bigger life game.

For this to make sense though, I need to reveal a deep dark secret…

I am so far away from my potential, it’s scary. Which is a bit odd to admit, because, that’s not really the public persona I’ve stepped into. When I pitched my first book to my publisher, and here’s another secret, it wasn’t the book that’s now come to be known as Career Renegade. In fact, the only place I wanted my name to appear in the book was on the cover. I didn’t want to write about myself, share my story, reveal any awakenings or lessons I’d learned, spout off about any accomplishments or lay bare my journey. Because, I felt uncomfortable, really uncomfortable positioning myself as the guy who, in any way, shape or form, had it all figured out. I still do.

“That’s madness,” friends, colleagues and editors said, “look at everything you’ve accomplished. You’ve left a career and an income that few ever leave, no matter how much they hate it. You’ve built and sold two companies, you’ve been there for your family, touched the lives of thousands, led with passion…blah, blah, blah (this is where their voices began to sound like the teacher from Charlie Brown).” Over time I grudgingly acknowledged I had done all those things. So, eventually, I came around to accept the fact that I had something, unvarnished as it was, to offer and that’s what ended up going into Career Renegade. And, in the end, I’m proud of the book and humbled by the thousands of notes I’ve received since the book came out that make me smile and know it’s had an impact.

But, the thing is, while seemingly outwardly accomplished, my view from the inside continues to be very different.

Because, while I love so much about what I do, I can’t help but feeling I still have so much more to do, so much more to learn, so much more to show and to offer. Not a little bit…but a massive bit. I’ve been feeling this for a while now, and spending a solid chunk of time hearing about the global impact the luminaries on the stage at the World Business Forum have had, it brought me screaming back to my own need to take some time, look inward and begin to plot a new course that will allow me to more intelligently manifest what I know I am capable of.

And, here’s where it get’s really sticky for me…

One of the things that’s held me back from doing this for a long time is the understanding that I’m not just talking about one game. There are those who are content, at least for a certain period, devoting nearly every waking hour to the pursuit of excellence in a single area of life. Playing one game to win. When you do that, magic tends to unfold in that single area…at least for a while, when almost without fail, all the other areas come crashing down and bring your one standout with it. Because, truth is were not playing a single game. Ever.

We are all playing a bare minimum of 5 games at any given time:

  • The work game
  • The health game
  • The relationship game
  • The spiritual game, and
  • The mindset game

These are the 5 Mandatory Games.

And, you can’t check just out when it comes to any one. Sure, you can make a conscious choice to emphasize one for a given period of time. But, fact is, you cannot succeed on a massive scale at any one of these games for an extended period of time if you abandon the other four.

Actually, strike that. You can, but to what end? Spend 100% of your energy on the work game and there’s a good chance the other four will wither if not outright die on varying levels. Does making a billion dollars or building a huge company make up for the personal carnage that used to be your husband, your wife, your daugther, your son, your heart and soul, your disease-free body? Only you can answer that in the context of your own life, but I know my answer.

Which is why I was amazed to hear billionaire T. Boone Pickens stop his interviewer during the WBF event to make sure that, among his big accomplishments, the interviewer made sure to tell the audience Boone was also the father to 5 kids and the grandfather to 13. I loved that. Truly, it floored me. But, in the next sentence, he also mentioned his failed marriage…which made me wonder at what point the preeminence of his children and grandchildren took hold (Boone, if you’re reading this, call me).

Nearly every person I know who’s accomplished what others would consider massive outward business success has done it at the expense of their health, their relationships and often both. I can’t do that. I won’t do that. Look at my twitter bio and you’ll see the first two words are “dad” and “husband.” That was intentional. They’re my most important game. But, then, how do I balance the equation when I am increasingly driven to embrace what I know is a level of business capability that far exceeds what I’ve demonstrated to date.

How do I play 5 bigger games all at once?

How do I keep all 5 areas of my life moving strongly forward? And, added to this already gargantuan challenge, I’ve come to realize lately that, while I love to be involved in about 5 different business ventures at any given time, if I choose to play the lead role in all, I’ve now just just raised the total number of games I’m playing from 5 to 9.

Bad, bad move.

If it’s a ridiculous challenge to figure out how to play the 5 core games on a global domination scale, how the hell am I supposed to play on that level with 9 balls in the air?

The answer has become pretty clear…I’m not. It’s not possible. At least, not for me.

The logical answer, then, is that it’s time to make some decisions. Something’s gotta give.

Step 1 is to scale my work game back from 5 to 1 or 2 max. To spend some real, possibly even sobering time contemplating the games that comprise the mandatory 5, that hold the most meaning to me, then run with those 5 and commit to building them out for a long enough period of time and with a level of conviction and deliberate practice that will fuel greatness in all. And, according to the research on greatness, that’ll likely be the better part of 10-20 years. Yes, I said years.

So, it’s crunch time for me.

Time to relegate certain ventures to the occasional hobby. Time refocus and hone. Time to become meticulous about my own productivity and time management skills.

And, literally, as I write this something else is becoming apparent.

While it is quite impossible to play 8 or 9 bigger games at once, maybe it IS possible to play 5 bigger games at once. In fact, maybe it’s essential to move all 5 forward at once. Because, truth is…

The health, relationship, spiritual and mindset games, played well, boost your ability to excel at the work game in a fairly profound way.

Play an optimal health game and you have less pain and a far deeper reserve of energy to bring to work, relationships, mindset and spiritual practice. Play an optimal mindset, relationships, health and spiritual game and you have so much more to bring to your work game. It seems to make so much sense, but I guess the real challenge is going to be bringing this approach to life. Sounds so sensible on paper. Testing the water and seeing how much TIME it takes to do each, though, that’s going to take some figuring.

Does that mean you’ll likely see me scaling back a number of public projects in the name of playing a bigger game with what’s left standing? Very likely. Is it even conceivable that I’ll kill them all? Doubtful, but right now…everythings on the table. Beyond killing ventures, though, it’s more likely my game re-engineering will take one of three forms:

  • Selling or becoming a silent partner in some ventures
  • Closing down/walking away from some, or
  • Teaming with people and handing over control of certain projects

All with the goal of allowing me the space, time and energy to play a bigger, realer, more profound game in the one or two business ventures that remain. And, also to refocus on all of the 5 mandatory games.

I’m honestly not sure how this will all shake out.

But, I am excited at the sense of awakening and what I am sure about is that it’s time to scale back and step up. Time to rise to my potential on a level that has, despite my many stepping-stone successes, still eluded me.

Time to play a much bigger game.

What about you?

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57 responses to “A Bigger Game”

  1. Rosa Say says:

    Thank you for sharing such a personal post with us Jonathan. The timing of this is particularly good for me as I lead an annual Ho‘ohana Community project each October we have dubbed Sweet Closure, where we take stock of our Ho‘ohana year [Ho‘ohana is the Hawaiian value of worthwhile work]. You give us great filters for our own self-reflection in writing this.

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  3. Charlotte says:

    Thank you for this.

  4. Honestly, dude, the degree to which you “get it” is kind of freaky. At some level, I think we all get it, but you clearly have it straight in your head. Of course, the hard part isn’t getting it, it’s doing it. With your track record, I have no doubt that you’ll succeed at that. I wish you all the best of luck in your bigger game. I look forward to seeing how it progresses, and hopefully learning something along the way.

    Hope you kill it.

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      Thanks, Adam. The real challenge/question for me is not so much in my ability to succeed. I’ve succeeded, failed and come back so many times, I’m pretty confident in my ability to beat most odds. The big challenge for me is better identifying what the big challenge is

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  6. Tim says:

    Jonathan:

    I really like your post. I especially enjoy the fact that you admit to having a lot of room to improve. I can seriously identify with this, myself. I also admire that you place being a father and husband up at the top of your list. I was just reading John C. Maxwell’s “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” and it fits your post perfectly. In it, he writes about sacrifice and giving up in order to become a great leader. Some successful people might spend less time with their families in order to reach success. Since this is not an option for you, it makes sense that something has to give. As someone who enjoyed reading your book and admires what you do, I wish you luck on whatever is next.

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      Tim, I think the day we profess to know it all is the day we know the least. Thanks for the reference to John C. Maxwell’s work, I’ll check it out.

  7. Jonathan,

    Sounds like it’s finally time for that Circle Day…

    Thank you for your openess and inspiration.

    I am SOOOO cheering you on to your bigger game!

    Mollie

  8. Nice post and perfect timing. I’ve been feeling the same way and have finally started to turn the crank on my true self. Thank you for the continued inspiration and thought provoking commentary.

  9. Duff says:

    Must all games be bigger? Is bigger always better? What about more sustainable games? Games where “small is beautiful?”

    I do think those 5 games are important. Perhaps the right-sized overall game can help to balance them all more easily–neither too big nor too small. Like a delicious meal at a fine, organic restaurant, just the right-sized delicious, well-balanced portions.

    More kids doesn’t mean a better family, does it? Then why bigger career goals, rather than deeper, or more connected, or more rich and subtle and complex and beautiful?

    Here’s to smaller, more integrated games.

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      Duff, it’s a great question. And, one I’d never presume to answer for anyone but me. We all need to find what my good friend, Pam Slim, would call our True Norths with this one.

      For me, the answer is a definitive yes, my game must be bigger. Not, because I want to have more, but because I want to contribute more. I think it’s important, too, to distinguish between “having more” and “leaving/creating more.”

    • Ivy says:

      This is where I’m at… I want to play a more sustainable, longer-term, and more integrated game. Not five big ones, but one more complex, well-designed game where my pieces all work together to move everything forward as a whole. But again, my answer isn’t Jonathan’s and that’s OK.

      I do completely agree with him about people who neglect big parts of their lives to pursue goals — I used to do that as well. Now I know the truth — I do better at all my goals when my life strategy (my game) is better balanced.

  10. Joel Libava says:

    Jonathan,

    Go get im, tiger…

    The Franchise King
    Joel Libava

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      Thanks, Joel. Man, if you only knew how many ideas for franchises I have stacked up, too!

  11. Jeffrey Tang says:

    Jonathan –

    Inspiring and thought-provoking post. It’s good to hear that you haven’t gotten complacent with the phenomenal success you’ve had so far. Brings to mind another post of yours about the neutral fallacy. We must always grow; otherwise we start to die.

    I’ll be avidly following along as you work everything out, and wish you the best of luck.

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      LOL, complacent isn’t really in my vocabulary…for better or worse. 😉

  12. Taz Loomans says:

    Thanks Jonathan, thanks for articulating all the thoughts in my head and more. It’s reassuring to read about how your entrepreneurial journey is unfolding cause it makes me feel not so alone in mine. I am not nearly as far as you are, but it feels to me like I’m playing too many games right now (work wise) and I need to make some difficult decisions and focus on the one or two things that matter to me the most. It’s not easy, but something has got to give like you said. Thanks for sharing your own struggle with this and I look forward to hearing more.

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      Hey Taz, “pruning” is maybe my biggest challenge, but I just remembering how necessary it is to direct growth

  13. BODphila says:

    I have been living with this same thought-turned-anxiety-turning to dream for a while, years even. I did a lot when I was young. Was a politician, got re-elected, built playgrounds, planned development– legacy things. Now… I know I have been slacking and it’s time to get going again. With enthusiasm, not dread. With hope and cheerfulness and courage. I don’t know exactly what the next part will look like but I know it will be of service. I have a wonderful life that I can leverage to do more for others and thus for myself.

    Thank you Jonathan for crystalizing my feelings.

  14. Mark Silver says:

    I really love the way you’ve broken this down, Jonathan. Really crystalized it all for me. Ever since passing 40 just recently I’ve had a much more… intimate sense of mortality, as well as a deeper sense of the texture of life. And what you write about really resonates with me, wakes me up in a way that I wasn’t expecting when I started reading it.

    Death… death… what we were tweeting about this morning. Really is a great thing for honing focus.

    Now, off to be a dad and a husband. And to muse about the five games…

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  16. Jonathan,
    Life changer isn’t it when you are around such dynamic people?
    And it ripples out. You know we can feel the dynamism within you at this moment, its palpable. It’s a gift you have of translating such a momentous experience into words that beget action, not just for you, but for those who read them.
    When I reviewed Renegade for you, I said you had clarity. I still think that. How, or which, may not be clear at the moment for you, but I have no doubt you will find the way forward in a way that works best for all you hold near and dear. For myself, I am awfully glad that you choose to take us along with you as active, invested participants. You encourage us all to do better. Thank you for that.

    I’ll leave you with a favorite Booneism of mine: “If you are going to run with the big dogs,you have to first get out from under the porch.”

    So….game on everyone?

  17. I’m inspired. You got me asking the same questions of myself.

    Thanks for that.

  18. The thing that occurs to me as I read this (besides, “Go you!”) is that people at the top always delegate and they trust their subordinates and/or partners. You can’t do it all by yourself and have the reach you want. I guess you business types would call it “leveraging”?

    Anyway, this post comes at the PERFECT time for me. I’ve gotten in touch with my first calling – being an advocate for children – and part of it is developing something for people who abuse their children. I actually had a conversation with my dad tonight (my dad!) and I asked him “Did you know you were abusing us? Like did you consider yourself a child abuser? Or did you just think you had anger management issues or a lot of stress?” He said yes.

    I have to be honest, I was kind of floored.

    Anyway, we have an interview tomorrow night about my project and he wants to help me in any way he can. I’m just so…YES. It’s not anything on the level you’re looking at but right now, this is the perfect level for me.

    You’ll be awesome Jonathan. Life is taking you where you need to go. {HUG}

  19. As in “yes” he knew.

  20. Hiro Boga says:

    Thank you, Jonathan, for articulating so clearly what’s been calling to me for a long time now. I turned 60 last month, and the question that comes up for me is: If not now, when? Now’s the only time we know we have, and the world needs each of us to give all of ourselves–our gifts, our genius, our challenges and flaws and humanity–in service to it. Thank you so much for this inspiring post.

  21. Jonathan this is just gorgeous- thanks so much for your openness in writing it. It’s uncannily what’s been top of my mind this past week- all day, every day it seems.

    It’s so beautiful to even engage with the question of how best to play the bigger footprint game- I have a fantasy that more and more people will be spending the mental (spiritual, physical, emotional) energy on this in coming years. Some pretty rockin things could come to pass if more people seek out their own personal bigger game.

    I look forward to watching that evolve for you. I know you’ve got a lot of meaning to contribute to the world.

  22. I’m one of those few who don’t comment on most blogs but this one struck a cord with me. In my mind, this is the big, white elephant in the room that everyone dances around.

    I remember right before I was commissioned as a young Lieutenant in the Air Force. Myself and a group of others were “picking” a Colonel’s brain for how to have a successful military career. His answer? Get used to broken relationships. Get used to having estranged kids and late, lonely nights. But he also said you’ll have all the toys. The motorcycles, the travel, the excitement of flying. And he said all this as if it was something to look forward to. It was “the price you pay” to be successful.

    If there’s one thing I DID learn as a military officer (which I’m not anymore), is that you have to choose your priorities and pursue those relentlessly. And be comfortable with the fact that all the other spinning plates will crash. But that’s ok because you’ve chosen your priorities (hopefully).

    T. Boone Pickens chose his priorities. It cost him broken relationships and estranged family members. But that’s the price he paid. He may not have counted the cost upfront, but he paid the bill when it came due. Choices always have a price tag. Always.

    All said and done, in the end, I want to be with the people I have loved and invested my life in. It may cost me a career and personal business satisfaction. But I KNOW it will be worth it.

    Thanks for the great post, Johnathan!

  23. Taru Fisher says:

    Jonathan – Thank you for articulating what I’ve been feeling for the past few months. I’m 67 years old and was quite ill with some un-diagnosable virus for over a month. That created some space for me to really look at my life and see where I was handing over my time and energy to people and projects that did not fulfill my vision for the rest of my life.

    I have always (up until now) been someone who could very rarely say “no” to helping someone out, and it obviously took it’s toll. In the past two weeks I have said “no” to a leadership opportunity, a volunteer position, a friends request to audit her coaching group and provide feedback (that one was really hard), and today I turned down leading our Power Group in my BNI Chapter. I had no idea how much of myself I was giving away until I started saying “no”. I can also see it also gave me an excuse not to play my bigger game of changing the way we think bout aging. Saying “yes” all the time kept me so busy, I could make excuses about why my Powerful Aging Coaching Group wasn’t “ready”. Well, I have no more excuses and I am so excited to make it happen.

    Thanks again for your honesty. what a great role model.

  24. My dad is fond of telling me, “Jamie, just remember – you can have ANYthing you want, you just can’t have EVERYthing.”

    I used to rail against this. I hated the idea that I had to give some things up. I wanted to have it all. But as I’ve gotten older (and hopefully just a smidge wiser), I’ve realized that he’s right. If you want to do something, especially something really big, there are going to have to be sacrafices somewhere else. That’s just the way it is. There are only so many hours in a day and so much time in a life. You need to prioritize and focus.

    This isn’t to say that you can’t EVENTUALLY have everything you want … you just can’t do it all at once.

    I loved your post – it got me thinking more along a train of thought that I’ve been riding constantly for the past year or so. Like Mark Silver, I’ve just turned 40 and I’m feeling a sort of new freedom in my life. I’m letting go of old fears and assumptions and breaking through barriers that – honestly – I didn’t even know were there. It’s very exciting.

    I’m with you. Game on. No holds barred.
    Thanks for sharing.

  25. Paul Norwine says:

    Jonathan –

    Though this may be an unintentional consequence, your post motivates and excites me for a different reason. I continuously strive to do more in life but sometimes get bogged down by the thought / fear “how am I going to juggle all this and still move forward?” But reading through the list of the things that are currently on your plate (which are on a much larger scale than the things I am concerned with at the moment), knowing how well you handle them, and talking about moving on to the next big things in your life shows me that it’s not how much you do but what you focus on. Thank you.

    Good luck with the new direction!

    Paul

  26. I know exactly how you feel. It is definitely challenging to play the 5 games, especially when one dominates the others. I seem to go through phases where they shift in priority, but I’ve learned to maximize my potential during those times. Make sure to keep us posted.

  27. Peggie says:

    Wow! Thanks for articulating the 5 games so clearly. I feel that I’ve been there many times before (and still). The first big “aha” was about 5 years ago when my then brand-new company was going gang-busters and everything looked “great” from the outside. Inside things were withering on the vine and I needed to dig deeper. My business coach started me on a path to finding MY purpose and I haven’t looked back.

    I’m so very impressed that you’re sharing this with us now – and keeping it so very clear for others who are in that re-evaluation place. That’s what keeps us all moving forward and growing and healing and caring for families and friends and by extension the larger community and Earth.

    Peggie

  28. Oleg Mokhov says:

    Hey Jonathan,

    It’s possible to improve 5 games at once if they’re congruent. As you play one you’re actually playing the other 4 at the same time.

    Those that focused on a career at the expense of family, health, and other games didn’t have that game be congruent with the rest. But someone who’s “career” is aligned with other things that’s important to them doesn’t compromise or sacrifice anything.

    When a person does something that they love, it’s different than wanting to “be the best” at the expense of everything else: achieving a status, competing with others, and so forth.

    For example, personal development writers create value based on what they are experiencing. They would grow anyway, so they don’t have to do anything different, and by writing about it, they not only increase the wealth and impact/value game but their growth/family/whatever-they-write-about game as well – their articles act as a journal of sorts for themselves to keep going.

    It seems that’s what you’ve been doing with your website, articles, book, and that’s so awesome – very life-maximizing. That’s what I’m aiming for with my website, writing, and music as well.

    Thanks for inspiring,
    Oleg

  29. Jonathan,
    Your observation that we are not really one dimensional in our lives is so, so valuable!
    I still remember how I finally realized that my life had about 7 main areas that I needed to pay attention to.
    To help attain that balance, I try to touch on each of them on a weekly basis. When I find I am lacking in one area, I just make an effort to be more inclusive of that aspect of my existence. Seeing the gestalt of your life, helps maintain balance Great post! Carpe Diem!

  30. Jonathan, this post really struck a chord with me. Thank you. I’m in my 50’s and feeling a huge call to step out in a much bigger game. As you said in a comment reply, not because bigger is better, but because it benefits more people. Most of my life energy goes to the Health Game, so sustainability is always going to be topic number 1 for me. The games as you’ve outlined them give me a new way to play with the pieces. Thank you.

  31. Emily-Sarah says:

    Each of us has a legacy, whether or not we’re intentional and deliberate about crafting/claiming/living/leaving it. You, dear one, have proclaimed a wonderful, proactive missive with beautiful, sacred priorities at its core. With such a mission, you’re sure to leave a footprint that will make Bigfoot’s look infant-sized. Many prayers for greatly exceeding even all you think this may encompass (and of course for empowering others to make the journey too).

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  33. I love the way you looked at your whole life to determine what to cut back on. Well done!

    Two things that really struck home for me:

    1. Patience: When it comes to my creative side – my fiction writing – I’m fine with a 20 year plan to become a successful author. I’m on year 3 and doing well. 17 more years? No problem! And yet with my Coaching business, I’m just over six months into launching my first product and I’m feeling like it’s the slowest thing ever. Why am I patient about one thing and not the other? Confidence. I’m confident about my writing, but like you sometimes feel like hiding my achievements that relate to my business. Now that I’m aware of that, I can stop fortunately.

    2. Overall success: When I stop exercising, I stop writing, I stop marketing and my relationship suffers. The more exercise I get, the more energy I have to do other things and the more time I invest in my relationship, the more productive I am with the time I do set aside for business. It feels slightly counterintuitive, but the busier I am the more success I achieve across the board. (of course the busy-ness is specific and measurable and not just being busy for the sake of looking important)

  34. andreea says:

    Thank you for sharing this great post with us! It couldn’t have come at a better time for me.

  35. Christine says:

    Thanks so much for this fabulous post, Jonathan. It comes at a time when I too am shifting my life and making decisions for the future and so there’s much here for me to mull over and to use.

    Your thing about us playing five games is bang on. The one that I realise I’ve neglected most of recently as I’ve been making change happen is the spiritual one. Your post prompts me to think about that, because, like you say, when I don’t pay attention there, everything else suffers.

    To my mind you’re a huge inspiration, and it’s really, really encouraging to know that you too have times when you feel like you’re not yet realising your full potential, and when you challenge yourself to go the next mile. I just want to sit here on your sideline and cheer you along and I’m really excited to see what’s going to happen next!

  36. WOW!
    What an Outburst Jonathan, Im sure everyone out there as an entreprenuer fights this internal battle daily about the 5 bigger games you mentioned. Sometimes, all five can be contending for the same equal attention at the same time.

    The truth is, something is gotta give like you rightly suggested. Life isnt about having it all ..its about keeping a healthy balance between all these contending aspects of our human existence.

    Thanks for the post buddy …made an impact!

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  38. Great post. I tend to conceptualize the five games as the Olympic rings: you need all five to make the image, and all five are connected. They are also balanced (each is the same size).

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  41. kral oyun says:

    nice article. thank you

  42. Oyun indir says:

    Thank you for sharing this great post with us! It couldn’t have come at a better time for me.

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  44. A chiropractor once told me, Life’s a game. Play the game. Sounds like there’s more than one to play. At the same time. I always say, multitasking is not for the weak or faint of heart. Good stuff here, and you have a new reader.

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  46. […] You’ll be able to spot those old sabotaging behaviors and stop them, the ones that always prevented you from playing big and succeeding. […]

  47. oyun indir says:

    Thank you, Jonathan, for articulating so clearly what’s been calling to me for a long time now. I turned 60 last month, and the question that comes up for me is: If not now, when? Now’s the only time we know we have, and the world needs each of us to give all of ourselves–our gifts, our genius, our challenges and flaws and humanity–in service to it. Thank you so much for this inspiring post.