Brady: Before we get started, I just thought you should know that in all my years of playing chess, I have never lost. So…take that for whatever it’s worth.
Acacia: Hmmm…we will see.
Brady: So, Acacia, do you have anything you want to talk about?
Acacia: I figured I should be asking you this.
Brady: I know. I just thought I’d check in with you before I get on with my agenda.
Acacia: I see. What you can tell me is far more important than what I can tell you. Proceed.
Brady: Let’s talk about your confidence.
Acacia: How so?
Brady: You are truly one of the most confident people I know, and I totally admire that—
Brady: No but! Oh, ummm…check!
Acacia: What? How? We just got started!
Brady: Ha ha! That’s how I roll. How’s your confidence now?
Acacia: Still quite strong! Please finish what you were saying.
Brady: This isn’t scientific or anything. Just my own observation from working with people. I find that sometimes highly confident people tend to rely too heavily on their confidence and end up being unprepared for certain situations.
Acacia: Can you explain?
Brady: Of course. By the end of this week, you will be back home. You may be tempted to assume that you won’t fall prey to old habits because you’re confident in what you’ve accomplished here, but I don’t think that would be wise. You need to leave here with a plan of action. Stay three steps ahead. Already know what you’re going to do before you do it otherwise you’ll fail almost every time.
Acacia: So, my confidence could give me an inflated view of myself.
Brady: You could say it that way, yes.
Acacia: Noted. Thank you, Brady. I would not have been able to consider this on my own.
Brady: That’s what I’m here for! I want you guys to succeed beyond The Lodge. If we see each other again later in life, I want you to be able to give me a good report.
Acacia: I will. I will not let you down.
Brady: I know you won’t.
Acacia: And, you know what else?
Brady: What’s that?
Acacia: Check mate.
Brady: NOOOOOOOO! I can’t believe this! What am I going to tell my kids?
Brady: Good game, Acacia. I don’t think I could lose gracefully to anyone else