Life is a Game of Inches

Rarely does one succeed or fail by much.


Usually, 8pm Warriors that make something great during their lives can point to key situations where success happened by an inch or two. It might be the large client that changed their mind and chose you, or the time you found just enough capital to push through a slow period.

Those victories are won by an inch. Every inch, every chance mattered for success.

The same goes for failure.


One of the reasons I am so passionate about pushing my absolute limits is because everywhere I look, I see inches. I try to take every inch when I can, not knowing how far I really have to go to reach my goal.

Even so, I am worried about missing by a couple inches. It’s one of my greatest fears and cause of numerous agonizing defeats.

I’m not alone.

We all need inches and tonight is the best time to find them.

Have a great night,


PS. One of my friends mentioned that this pep talk below really fits with this topic. I agree. Check it out.


I’ve made every wrong choice a middle-aged man can make. I pissed away all my money, believe it or not. I chased off anyone who’s ever loved me, and lately, I can’t even stand the face I see in the mirror.

You know when you get old in life, things get taken from you. That’s part of life. But you only learn that when you start losing stuff. You find out life’s this game of inches. And so is football. Because in either game, life or football, the margin for error is so small. I mean…one half a step too late or too early and you don’t quite make it. One half second too slow too fast, you don’t quite catch it.

The inches we need are everywhere around us. They are in every break of the game, every minute, every second.

On this team, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when we add up all those inches, that’s gonna make the difference between winning and losing! Between living and dying!

I’ll tell you this – in any fight, its the guy who’s willing to die who’s gonna win that inch. And I know if I’m going to have any life anymore, it’s because I’m still willing to fight and die for that inch. Because that’s what living is!

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Published by Aaron Biebert

I'm a director, film/video exec producer, leader & 8pm Warrior. I am passionately chasing my goals at all times. I'm listening. Let's talk!

16 comments on “Life is a Game of Inches”

      1. Get married, have a few kids. Until then, we’re comparing apples to oranges.
        PS – Bruce is just trying to be nice (that’s his style). Trust me, he knows when to chill out (read his blog).
        Nuff said.

        1. I am married, have a few kids, and even some friends too. ;-)

          Just because a person has a family doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try their best. In fact, it might mean they try harder…

          1. That made me laugh :) I didn’t see any mention of being a dad or husband in your “About Me” tab so I assumed otherwise (and you know what happens when you assume, yes?). Anyway, good luck with the whole “inches” thing. Hope you don’t miss any…

  1. You know what? That philosophy might apply to a championship football game but in life? Not for me. I don’t live in fear of losing an inch. I take what I can, when I can (and I’ve done pretty damn well for a stupid Puerto Rican kid who misspent his youth growing up in the Bronx) and I keep my world small (my family, my business). Oh, and when I’m not busy losing sleep over possible inches I may have missed, I take the time to appreciate the inches I’ve already gained.

    “Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” ~Aesop

    1. Hi Dan,

      I like to think about every day as a championship football game and I know that my way is definitely not the best way for everyone. Obviously you’ve had success in your career. I respect that.

      For me though, I’ve committed myself to something nearly impossible and I’ll need every inch. It’s a way of life for me and I don’t lose sleep over it.

      Thanks for the comment man.

  2. The message I hear here is so simple. If you want something fight for it. And don’t give up. Because usually success is right around the corner.
    Success as a dancer was within my grasp. That scared me to death. No one knew that. I knew how to work hard, how to push myself through pain and fatigue. But I didn’t know how to win. I didn’t understand that those last few “inches” would be the most trying. They’d require me to stand alone and commit to the goal. To believe in myself. I had no idea that opposition just might play a part in challenging that commitment.
    I love sports and the arts and anything else that requires you to dig deeply to see what you value enough to fight for when you’re unsure that your effort will pan out in success.
    Sometimes the fight IS the success. You know? When you find out that you really are willing to push one more time )again and again) because that thing matters to you.

    1. I agree that success is usually closer than you think. The same goes for failure.

      I’d rather not test the edges. :-)

      As for fear of success, I can vouch for it. It’s a real issue for man. I’m glad that you broke down the barrier. I love your story!

      The fight is the success, if you do it well. That’s why inches matter.

      So much good stuff to think about here. Thanks for your comment Betsy!

  3. Hey Aaron.

    Regarding the video – probably one of the best parts of the movie.

    Regarding the post – the “inches” are the opportunities that surround us. We walk by them. We drive past them. They speak to us every time our phone rings. They whisper to us while we sleep.

    But too many times we don’t see them. We don’t hear them. We are busy being busy. We are distracted. We sometimes ignore them on purpose because we don’t want to deal with them or aren’t ready/equipped to deal with them.

    I heard years ago that success happens when opportunity and preparedness meet.

    1. James, the movie was okay, but that speech was great.

      Hey, you have inches whispering to you too? Must be an 8pm Warrior thing…

      As always, thanks for adding to the discussion!

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