Friday, October 7, 2011

The Game Of Attrition

Sometimes the best strategy when you seemingly are over matched, is to use the other person's poor sense of value against them. Meaning people will naturally over value some traits or skills or even in the stock market a certain company, or in a sport, the ability to dunk. The other side is to undervalue certain skills, traits, stocks, or the ability to pass the ball. What we really are about is success, not things that look great on paper but does it actually equal success?

So people will make natural errors. We have to count on this. In BJJ or any game, you can turn it into a game of attrition. Don't worry so much about what they are doing, more about what you are doing. Control what you can control, and do everything correct. Don't try to win, just try not to lose. You stay in the game, the market, the fight long enough, your opponent/opposition will start to accumulate errors, make mistakes. They may have more strengths, but in the long run, if you accumulate less errors than they do, you can beat them.

It's like in a race, maybe someone runs faster than you but takes a lot of wrong turns, if the race is long enough, you can win. Someone can invest in a lot of risky stocks and beat you initially, but in a long enough time frame, if you stay consistent with your returns, you can also beat them.

If in a boxing match, you make your opponent miss for long enough, you will be the one landing a higher percentage. Attrition isn't just about making your opponent tired, but that happens too. You want them to lose. Do this not by you making a sweep, allow them to give up a sweep, give up a position, stay in the game and do everything you can do right, and you may not get the most slam dunks, but you may get enough assists in a game to win it by the final quarter.


  1. So this would be the counter-point to Marcelo's strategy of "always be attacking", where he says if you're always attacking, they'll always be behind.

    I hear what you're saying and there's aspects of this I really like. For my own Jiu Jitsu, I'm always trying to simply have perfect posture and not deviate from my strongest structure.

    However, sometimes people seem to confuse this point and end up playing a passive game, and aren't able to take advantage of that opportune moment when it presents itself.

    nice article, stuff to think about,

  2. yeah I am about to write a follow up about being too passive. you need to be balanced. If your being too passive you are not staying in the game and you are not doing all the right things.



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