James Carse points out that there are two types of games.
There are finite games and infinite games.
We play finite games all the time. Like when the car next to you is racing to merge on the freeway. Or launching your next product line ahead of the competition. Pick up basketball is also a finite game.
You play finite games to win. They are made to end. They have boundaries.
On the flip side, you have the infinite game. The purpose of the infinite game is to keep playing. You don’t play to win. When you throw a ball to your kid, you don’t throw it as hard as you can so he’ll quit. No, you throw the ball to him so that he’ll throw it back.
Right now, the ball is in the air. What are you going to do?