There’s a huge resemblance between what happens on the 8×8 chess board and what happens in our lives: risks, decisions under pressure, expectations, blunders, calculations.
You can learn a lot from studying chess. Hell, you can learn a lot more playing chess. However, there’s one major difference that sets chess apart from the real life.
In chess, you face an opponent, you try to predict their responses and act accordingly. However, in life, you face infinite opponents, you can’t predict their responses and thus can’t plan ahead as much as you want.
We’re always taught to think ahead and plan forward, but we’re rarely taught how to create an adaptable plan; one which is not thorough but has lots of maneuvering positions.
Being a chameleon is your best bet.