“They should feel sorry for his team, which isn’t learning the game the right way.”
The quote above is from a basketball coach upset that his team didn’t just lose a game but lost by a spectacular 159 points. I’m not in favor of running up the score against an opposing team by such an embarrassing amount, but I have to take issue with the losing coach’s words.
“The right way.” What does that mean? Against the rules? That’s not it; there would have been no game if the winning coach had been playing against the rules. What it means is that the winning coach’s team played a different kind of game, one that capitalized on their strengths (or the weaknesses of their opponents).
Such rule-breaking (which you can read about more here in Malcolm Gladwell’s fantastic New Yorker piece), I believe, should be celebrated. Not to humiliate, but to inspire creativity and originality. Where’s the remarkability in doing the same thing as everyone else.
Safe, as they say, is the new risky. Stand out. Create new rules.