Reality Check by Alisa Melekhina
Reality Check: What the Ancient Game of Chess Can Teach You About Success in Modern Competitive Settings
Paperback, 284 pages
Reality Check is a business & career guidebook for leveraging competitive gaming strategy, using chess as a model, in order to meaningfully obtain goals within established institutional and corporate landscapes. It offers an intimate insight into the thought process of a chess master, and converts that thought process into a framework for success.
Without the typical dumbing down of self-help books, Reality Check introduces a sophisticated discussion of high-level existential questions, paired with concrete, strategic advice. The over-arching theme of Reality Check is awareness of our role in a given community or “world.” The chapters focus on strategies for selecting a fulfilling community, and thriving in it by eliminating mental impediments as they appear in different stages of our lives —childhood influences, the junction at which we choose a career, and decision-making —in order to optimize our present goals. The book provides validation for alternative views, while at the same time offering concrete advice on how to succeed within a chosen path.
Reality Check is intended for a non-chess-playing audience. The chess diagrams are used as visual aids to support the discussed principles, and the underlying chess concepts are explained in simple terms. An appendix of select annotated chess games, demonstrating key strategies in action, is available for experienced players. Readers of all skill levels will benefit from the keen psychological insight into competitive play woven throughout the book.