Wikipedia has a more detailed explanation here (includes pictures of the cards used).
Anyway, with that as an intro, I think life is like a BINGO game. We all have a card. The contents of the squares are what we were genetically born with. Some of the physical attributes are instantly recognizable. For example, I stand 6 foot 2 inches. I can't do much about growing taller, so trying to play in the NBA was not an viable option. Serving on a submarine was also not an option. There is a height restriction of 6 foot. Some other attributes, we discover over time. My love of music, writing and collaborating are things I have recognized along the way.
In the midst of figuring out what comes next, I find David Zinger has a post today with that very question. The comment I left there I want to expand upon here.
David, this is a great question. When I am in project management mode or process re-engineering mode, this question is almost overused but with great purpose. In any workflow, what does come next is critical to understanding where there are improvement possibilities.
For our own personal lives, if we don’t know what comes next, then it is quite possible we could be doing the wrong thing or going the wrong way.
Quit the wrong stuff
Stick with the right stuff
Have the guts to do one or the other
If you figure out what comes next, then you can determine if it is the right thing to do, or the wrong thing. Then making the decision to proceed, or quit comes to play.
What comes next?
BTW: Re-reading The Dip and finding David's post was a BINGO!
Do you come across BINGO's in your life?