It’s impossible to get “the scoop” first in your league, but there are still advantages…
Last week, I wrote about how the scoop is dead. You should go back and read that column if you have not yet. I ended it by assuring you there were still some advantages available which I would tell you about this week. What I liked about that is it gave me a week to try desperately to think up some advantages. Here is the best I could come up with.
Advantage #1 – Wisdom
Wisdom is the ability to make the proper use of information. When everyone knows the same stuff, the advantages goes to the people who know what to do with it. For many, the biblical book of Proverbs is the standard for wisdom. Much of Proverbs is pretty agreeable stuff. If you read it you'd find yourself grudgingly admiring the writers for their insight into how life works.
Here's a sample.
Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. People curse those who hoard their grain, but they bless the one who sells it in time of need.
This proverb points out a counterintuitive principle that might help you win your pool. Wisdom understands long-term prosperity doesn’t come from consistently trying to get the best of people and hoarding your resources. Rather, prosperity comes through generosity and the trusting relationships that result.
Maybe there is something to be said for "losing" a couple trades to plant seeds you want to harvest later? Maybe that's a false sense of security you have because you have four solid starters in net. You might be better off to help out the poor dude who has back-ups and call-ups trusting the good will you created will make him w