Playing the long game means adopting a slightly different approach to life. It’s not necessarily about ‘what can I get from people’, it is more about ‘what can I do to help people get what they want’.
If you think about it, if everyone is thinking about themselves then the only person whose thinking about you is you. However, if everyone is thinking about helping others then the chances are some of these people are thinking about helping you!
The long game wins every time.