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Zero-Sum Game

          Remember splitting the oatmeal cream pie at school lunch? It had to be even! Otherwise, your friend would take the bigger half. Remember the top hat stopping on Boardwalk? It meant that your stack of Monopoly money was about to grow or disappear. And who hasn’t lost a few minutes […]

Zero-Sum Game: Time

Zero-Sum Game: Time

          Of all the zero-sum games we play, time is the most ruthless. It doesn’t slow down for people in a desperate hurry, or speed up for those in agony. It just marches on. It can’t be borrowed, stolen, or cheated — 24 hours a day for each of us, no […]

Zero-Sum Game: Money

Zero-Sum Game: Money

          Money is a brutal zero-sum game, because it’s rigid. 100 pennies always equals $1… and if you spend 40, you’ll always have 60 left. These rules don’t bend. Money elbows in. Never staying in it’s own lane, it wants a voice in every corner of your life. It wants our […]

Zero-Sum Game: Desires

Zero-Sum Game: Desires

          Desire is zero-sum game. As the great philosopher Winnie the Pooh once said, “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” The room in your heart is finite. There’s only so much of it. We need a strategy to decide what we give our hearts to, […]

Zero-Sum Game: Non-Zeroes

Zero-Sum Game: Non-Zeroes

          If you spend a portion of your money, you’ll have less money. If you spend a portion of your time, you’ll have less time. They’re zero-sum games. But there are some things that can’t be sliced like a pie. We’ve discussed how to play some of the the zero-sum games […]