What’s a strategic fool?
It’s someone that has no concept of the long-run.
You know people like I am talking about.
It’s that guy that blogs for 3 months and can’t figure out why he has not found success.
Or, that guy that applies to 3 jobs and then feels defeated.
It’s especially that guy that is worried more about company t-shirts than he is the company and product itself.
Look at the lessons of history, of business, of war.
Grabbing at the short-term rarely pays-off.
“In the course of your life you will be continually encountering fools. There are simply too many to avoid. We can classify people as fools by the following rubric: when it comes to practical life, what should matter is getting long-term results, and getting the work done in as efficient and creative a manner as possible. That should be the supreme value that guides people’s actions. But fools carry with them a different scale of values. They place more importance on short-term matters—grabbing immediate money, getting attention from the public or media, and looking good. They are ruled by their ego and insecurities. They tend to enjoy drama and political intrigue for their own sake. When they criticize, they always emphasize matters that are irrelevant to the overall picture or argument. They are more interested in their career and position than in the truth. You can distinguish them by how little they get done, or by how hard they make it for others to get results. They lack a certain common sense, getting worked up about things that are not really important while ignoring problems that will spell doom in the long term.”
–Robert Greene, Mastery