The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek

Book cover

A bit about the author

The first time I heard about Simon Sinek was from his TEDtalk about leadership (which is the third most watched talk on and after that I kept getting recommendations on Youtube for more of his work and interviews. His motivational speeches about leadership, trust, cooperation and understanding human nature really captivated me. His focus is mostly towards leadership within organizations, but I find his thoughts universal and applicable to other aspects of life. I believe anyone who wants to have better interactions with other humans can benefit from listening to his speeches. This is one of my favorites:

What’s the difference between finite and infinite games?

Alright so, I’m not currently a business person, but I enjoyed this book a lot. If you watched the video I just shared with you, maybe you too felt how his ideas resonate with all of us. In this book, he does a good job at explaining the concepts of finite and infinite games through real stories of well-known companies and historical events like the Vietnam War or Vavilov’s seed bank. I got a clear idea of the subject and also found it very interesting to learn about the inner workings of businesses like Apple, Victorinox, J.P. Morgan and Kodak as well as inspirational figures like Walt Disney. These stories reminded me of the human part in companies. Not just faceless giants, but real people making good and bad decisions.

“To ask ‘what’s best for me’ is finite thinking. To ask ‘what’s best for us’ is infinite thinking

-Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game

For most of the book, Simon Sinek teaches us what are the 5 practices of an infinite game, starting by having a Just Cause. A lot of care is put into explaining what is and what isn’t a Just Cause from a business perspective. As I understood it, this first practice is the core ingredient for building an infinite game. The other 4 practices are: Trusting teams, Worthy rival, Existential flexibility and Courage to lead. Each of them important and fatal for the future of companies when out of balance.

I am a finite player on an infinite world

Even if this book is mostly about how to play an infinite game from a business perspective, the main concepts can be easily used for other life situations. I was thinking about “Community over competition” as something I have hear a lot in social media, at least in the art community, where I belong. When you are on an infinite game mindset, you look around and see your community, those you are willing to join your cause, those who you aim to inspire and those that motivate you to try harder. If you adopt a finite game mindset however, you end up alone because those around you become the competition you must defeat or hinder so you can remain at the top.

Bottom line is that I finished this book feeling inspired and hopeful for a future where companies and groups care more about the greater good than making more money and “beating the competition”. I hope other’s who read this book will also feel inspired to lead more infinite lives so than when their finite lifespan ends, their infinite good deeds will keep living in this world.

Hope you enjoyed this review, thank you for stopping by and see you on the next one!

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About Alicia

I enjoy sharing my love for good books with other people. I wish you can find the type of books meant for you. Art is my passion. Both activities allow me to travel to imaginary places, learn, grow and share my journey with others. Feel free to join me, I love company.

One comment

  1. Nice post , please view my blogs and follow if you like..Lot of them are focused on Simon Sinek

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