Mastering the Game of Life

Eliza Sapir Koren
2 min readApr 19, 2024


A Mindset Shift

In the grand game of life, we often find ourselves caught up in the pursuit of titles, certificates, and external validations. But what if I told you that your worth isn’t defined by those accolades? What if I told you that you have the power to choose your role, your identity, in this vast chessboard of existence?

It’s all about mindset.

You see, whether you perceive yourself as a king reigning over the board or a humble pawn maneuvering through the chaos, it’s all in your state of mind. In chess, each piece has its own unique role and power, yet none is inherently superior to the other. Similarly, in life, we all have our strengths, weaknesses, and contributions to make.

Consider the words of former World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov: “It’s better to have a pawn structure that looks bad but is active than one that looks good and is passive.”

In essence, it’s not about the titles or certificates we hold, but rather about how actively we engage with the opportunities and challenges presented to us. It’s about embracing our roles with purpose and determination, regardless of how they may be perceived by others.

At the end of the day, we’re all just people navigating through our own journeys. We wake up, sip our coffee, and face the day ahead. What sets us apart is our mindset — the way we approach each move, each decision, with intention and resilience.

So, whether you see yourself as a king, a queen, a knight, or a pawn in the game of life, remember this: your worth is not determined by your position on the board, but by the choices you make and the mindset you cultivate.

Embrace your role. Own your power. And remember, in the grand game of life, it’s not about the title, but the triumph of the mind.