Have you noticed that many people can spend a lot of time comparing prices while shopping online, but always make sloppy decisions in the critical moments of their life?
Maybe you are one of them?
Take choosing college major for example.
Many people choose their current major simply because they “liked” it, or because they had heard that it is a promising industry in this era.
However, few people consider carefully what they do in college, what they will be doing after graduation, and how much they get paid.
You can probably imagine that they will be completely overwhelmed after four years in college.
To explore this issue, we must first understand three concepts: strategy, tactics, and guideline.
At first glance, these three concepts seem to be similar, but in fact they are totally different.
If you can’t figure out the difference among them, then it’s not surprising that you’ve messed up your life.
Simply put, “strategy” is “what to do”, that is, to choose a direction.
The “tactics” have to be lower than strategy, which means that they decide “how to do it” after the strategy has been established.
The ‘‘guideline’’ is even lower, referring to doing things the way other people have done it.
It is sad that the current education system seems to focus only on the “guideline” level.
From primary school to high school, all knowledge is well-defined, the direction of effort is certain, and we do not need to make choices.
When it comes to the university, such lifestyle of certainty suddenly collapses. Many people find that they lack the ability to choose.
Aren’t the “good students” in the eyes of most teachers just like that?
Others tell you how to do it, and you remember it, then you make things happen, nothing more.
These people may be very reliable executors, but they can’t create things.
When no one helped them make a decision, they could achieve nothing.
They are just like those who spend a lot of energy comparing product parameters when shopping online but don't consider whether they really need those things.
They are using tactical and guideline diligence to hide their strategic laziness.
Strategy is a ruler’s learning.
For each person himself, whether to consider strategic issues determines whether you are the master of your own life.
Maybe you can live successfully according to the guide given by others, but is this life really worth it? Is this life really happy?
This is not a life, but a performance, because you actually have no dominance in yourself.
The essence of strategy is making choices, and bearing the consequences for your choice.