It’s your turn! We are playing a game and I just handed the controls over to you. What are we playing? What is the objective of playing this game? Something changes when we start to play a game and stop taking things seriously.
In 2010 and 2011 when I started this blog, I got involved in playing games online through Facebook. Many games were popular and I still get requests from them all the time: Farmville, Cityville, Mafia Wars, Castleville, and many more.
Many people would make the comments to me, saying, “All you do is play games; you never seem to take life seriously. You need to get a real job.” Those people missed the point. Just like those games took a few moments of life to bring joy, they also taught me many lessons.
This week we are going to talk about the idea that life is a game, and you get to choose how you play it. One of the many books that inspired me, and still does, was the book “The Game of Life and How to Play It.” Florence Scovel Shinn wrote it in the year 1925, yet its lessons and stories I was reading in 2005 became so life-changing to me.
When working with students in seminars or mastermind settings, it is so much fun to create games to help people learn. I recall hearing the story of how you can tell more about someone by how they play a game than by what they tell you.
Why are more people using stories from their golf games to motivate? Because games matter. I must admit golf is a game I don’t play, and I find it harder to watch. This week I know many of my friends who are here in Irving, TX are watching the Byron Nelson. Some will learn from watching; some will just enjoy. The game of golf just attracts people.
I am sure you have a game; you just have to find it. If you are the person who jumps up to say, “I don’t have time to waste playing games,” you are also probably someone who doesn’t have many things you enjoy in life.
So this week let’s find a game that we can relate to and build with. When you learn to make a game out of life, it becomes fun again.
Now I am not saying just give up moving forward, give up on building something in life and only play games. I am saying if you cannot get something done, make a game or a challenge out of it and watch it come to success faster. I look forward to showing you some of the games I have created over the years that have helped me get past something I could not seem to get past. So let’s play a game. Are you ready?
I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ’n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to take action and start living your dream. Are you ready to change and make 2013 rock?
PS: Be watching for the new book, You Can Always Get What You Want, due out soon. Stay tuned for the launch. It will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and coming to a bookstore near you