The start of my journey in Chess
Before I had used this site, chess had not been a big part of my life. My family and I would only play it during the Christmas season where we'd take out our solitary chess board - caked in dust, use the odd button in place for that missing pawn, and then battle it out to become the greatest champion in the 4 by 6 room which we were in.
It wasn't until last December when my sister stumbled across an article about Bill Gates and what made him successful. One of the things I heard her say as she read the article aloud, was that Mr Gates played chess. And so... (me being the naive youth I was back then... thinking I could be as cleaver/successful/rich as him) I gave it a shot.
Though I'm still kinda rubbish at chess (even after playing it for about 11 months) * looks at my Stats page on Chess.com... facepalm * it has helped me improve my strategic thinking and planning (...mostly in my daily life), visualization and problem solving.
This sounds a tad hyperbolic but I believe that Chess has helped me so much!!