The Big Lead

What’s the upside of getting a big lead in sports?

The obvious answer is that you’re much closer to winning. But I like to think of the advantage as having a larger margin of error. When the score is close, the outcome could be determined by something random or unpredictable — an unfavorable bounce of the ball, untimely injury to a key player, or a referee’s questionable call. With a big lead, you’re less vulnerable to an unfortunate incident that costs you the game.

You can get a big lead in real life as well. Certain actions, when taken, build a buffer against the misfortunes that come your way.

My favorites:

These tactics are simple, effective, and available to everyone.