Fire and Motion

Completing this posting:

Joel Spolsky, in his writing, has a good idea of how powerful acts should be done:

In infantry battles, he told us, there is only one strategy: Fire and Motion. You move towards the enemy while firing your weapon. The firing forces him to keep his head down so he can’t fire at you. (That’s what the soldiers mean when they shout “cover me”. It means, “fire at our enemy so he has to duck and can’t fire at me while I run across this street, here”). The motion allows you to conquer territory and get closer to your enemy, where your shots are much more likely to hit their target. If you’re not moving, the enemy gets to decide what happens, which is not a good thing. If you’re not firing, the enemy will fire at you, pinning you down.

I remembered this for a long time. I noticed how almost every kind of military strategy, from air force dogfights to large scale naval maneuvers, is based on the idea of Fire and Motion. It took me another fifteen years to realize that the principle of Fire and Motion is how you get things done in life. You have to move forward a little bit, every day.

That’s the main point.

Against to original writing, the most important part of reaching your goal is not by having the powerful acts 24-hours/7-days a week. The most important part is to keep it daily, no matter how small it is.


  1. You said:

    “It took me another fifteen years to realize that the principle of Fire and Motion is how you get things done in life.”

    Me:

    That might prove to be disastrous if read in its literal sense. You FIRE, you MOVE (forward) and the result – you shot down your own pursuit.

    LOL! please don’t take offence, just kidding.

    p.s.

    I’ve added Just Kunil in my BlogRoll.




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