So I finally figured it out: for better or worse, I’m a problem solver, not a strategist. So when presented with a concrete problem, I apply myself to finding a solution and executing it…but with just some sort of nebulous goal, I feel unmotivated and kinda flounder. That’s why I’m not good at playing Starcraft. That’s why I’m not an academic. And that’s why (well, one of the reasons) why I’m not doing great at my current job. Strategizing just doesn’t hold my focus.