Dear Naysayers: You can't make chess-like moves with a checkers-like mind

by Jesse Muhammad

It's Tuesday morning.

Another day has presented itself for you to do something extraordinary.

Another day to do something unique. Another day to not wait for a miracle, but to be the miracle.

You have mentally rehearsed your agenda for the day. Maybe you have a huge million dollar deal to close. Maybe there is a deadline you have to meet by the close of business. Or you procrastinated all last week until now your workload has piled up. But you're ready to tackle the tasks at hand. You're on the verge of releasing a new book or unveiling a new initiative in your company.

You look in the mirror and say "Man, I am great".

No matter how large the problems may seem, you're focused. You're confident. You know it can be done today.

Then it happens.

A naysayer from inside or outside of you creeps in to impact your excitement. From within, the naysayer comes in the form of fear, doubt and even low self-esteem. Outside it could be a negative text message, a draining email, gossiping conversation or a phone call with so-called constructive criticism. All of a sudden you become stagnate. Your energy is diminished. Your fire has went out and you haven't even left your house yet.

What happened? The naysayers got the best of you.

But today you choose to ignore the naysayers because you're operating on another level. You're playing chess while the naysayer is still playing checkers. Your thoughts are not the same. Your moves are not the same. Your objectives are not the same. The boards may look the same but tactics and strategies are different. It's chess not checkers to some of us.

The great ones know how to use the naysayers as fuel and feed off the obstacles in the road ahead. So we would like to dedicate this blog to all of the naysayers. We can't hear you because we're too busy achieving greatness. Make history....Become a L.E.G.E.N.D. (Let Every Goal Evolve Not Die)

Will you join us naysayers?

You can't make chess-like moves with a checkers-like mind.


  1. You are so right...we have to use them as our stepping stones to achieve greatness. The things worth working for will definitely not come easy but it's the end product that will be POWERFUL...
    Great Article!!

  2. Awesome article brother jesse

  3. I truly enjoyed this one!!!


  5. This was something I needed...beautiful words

  6. Good one brother j

  7. On point Brother Jesse! Your blog is hot!

  8. I agree with the spirit, not with the analogy.

    I know a lot of positive people who like simple games like checkers. I know a lot of negative people who like complex games like chess.

    Keep preaching the positivity.

  9. @KC Lowlife

    Thanks for your comment. I for one like both games, chess and checkers (smile). However this was really pointing out that in order to make certain moves in life, you have to use different strategies. The board looks the same, but the tactics can be different.

    Thank you for your words!

  10. I love this, this is my everyday life. I will save this page Renee B

  11. Thank you...How did you know I was having a problem with Mrs&Mr Naysayer? I am looking for my "how to play chess" instruction book (Holy Quran, Supreme Wisdom, etc)


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