This is a great article from Derek Sivers. Here is what stuck out to me… (see the full article for the game/context)
The real problem: not thinking it [the game] through in advance.
When the game starts, it’s easy to think short-term and say, “Ooh! Good deal!”
Then when it’s too late, you slowly realize, ”Uh-oh. What have I done?”
A lot of people get into life situations like this.
It’s hard to think through the long-term implications of everything we’re doing now.
It’s hard, but it’s worth the effort.