Crippled CEO Blog #176:
It down on me the other day that life has a lot in common with video games.
And not the obvious tropes like leveling up or being able to restart and try again — though those are accurate, as well.
Lots of games these days are large, open world affairs.
It’s not always clear which way you should be going.
But you know you’re in the right direction with you start encountering new obstacles that you’ve never seen before — new challenges that initially seem impossible, but you eventually overcome. This is true in real life, as well. If you aren’t running into new problems, obstacles, and challenges, then you’re not progressing. Challenges are a symptom of moving forward.
Not only will you encounter new obstacles when you’re headed the right way in a game, you will also be attacked by newer, harder enemies. The combat might look different in real life, but the truth is that building success inevitably creates people who don’t like you, who want to see your downfall. Today is Easter, so let’s look at Jesus. He was literally perfect, and people REALLY hated him. Even if you try really hard to do right by everybody, you are still going to piss people off, maybe just because of how well you’re doing. The farther you progress, the more enemies you’ll get, in games and in life.
In a game, the main story quests are mandatory, and that’s where the bulk of the game is. However, it is often the side quests where you find the most interesting moments, the best gear, and opportunities to level up more than you would have otherwise. Life is the same way. The main stuff — our career, family, etc. — is important and necessary, but it’s the side quests — the optional hobbies, adventures, and projects — that bring depth and richness to your life. It’s also in the side quests where you gain experience that gives you an advantage over everybody else. Don’t just stay on the golden pass. Make sure you’re getting in some side quests, too.
I could keep going with these metaphors, but I think that’s a good stopping place for now. Maybe I’ll make a part 2 one day.
Life can be a pretty fun game if you just keep playing.
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