Ever wonder what it is about chess that men love or why they play the game more than women? Statistically, there are only 3% percent of women competing professionally in chess worldwide. This is an extremely low percentage and signals that women are missing out on the great rewards, benefits, and skills inherent in this fascinating board game. Skills such as focus, memorization, pattern recognition, analytical reasoning, critical and logical thinking, as well as anticipating your opponent’s next move are but a few.
So I wonder if one reason there are so few women playing chess in the world is because historically, society has dominated the perception that chess is a man’s game. Thus, most women shy away from chess and have bought into this old fashion thinking and perceive chess as being too difficult, boring and time consuming. Well, the good news is there is hope for every woman (and man) to get inspired to learn to play chess for fun, empower themselves to become better thinkers, strategists, problem solvers while gaining more confidence in their abilities.
“SHESS” offers a new solution for empowering women of all ages and backgrounds to utilize chess as a catalyst to set and accomplish their goals in life and business. It is not about winning or losing a game, but rather how you play your own game. For instance, “SHESS” is a play on two words “she” for female and “chess” for the game. It represents “your game of life” and all of the circumstances which occur in your life or business are considered your battlefield.
The creative metaphor “From Pawn to Queen” represents the pawn piece in the chess set. The Pawn is the weakest piece, but it is the only piece that has a special move and that is to be promoted to a Queen. The Queen is the strongest piece in the set. Hmmm…interesting…so it is fair to say that in life, every female born into the world is considered a “pawn in life” and only she can promote herself to a Queen status in life or in business. In other words, a “pawn in life” means you are an extraordinary woman who has unbelievable capabilities, but only you can invest in and promote yourself to something more than you are today. So, sharpen your intellectual weaponry by learning to play chess, transfer those cognitive skills into real life activities and business and begin your SHESS journey to make strategic moves
Join me when I discuss how you can move From Pawn to Queen at the Demand More out of Life Telesummit Nov 24-26 2014. You will learn to make better decisions and solve your problems with more focus and logical clarity.
Wendy Oliveras is a Latina entrepreneur, Global IP Search & Business Consultant, HR/Talent Acquisition Specialist, author, columnist, motivational speaker, trainer and career mentor. She is also the Creative Founder & CEO of SHESS Global Alliance, LLC.