There was once a man of age who loved to play chess. He played every day and would play with anyone who challenged him. Many did not like playing with him, however, because of his unusual style.
His style was to defend without attacking for many rounds. This is called the long game, but it only works if your opponent is also playing the long game. If your opponent is on the offensive, you need to strategize an attack lest you lose too many pieces to defend your territory.
The problem was that everyone knew he wouldn’t take the offensive. He would always play the long game, and always lose.
An opponent asked him once, “Why do you always play the long game when you know that you will always lose? You’ve played enough times to know that you need to take the offensive to win.”
He replied, “The reason I’ve been playing all these years is not to win. It is to find someone else who likes to play the long game.”