We’ve heard them since we were children - don’t die, don’t end up in jail, if you screw other people it can come back to bite you, look both ways of the street before you cross, and endless other such rules.
There are some rules that are immutable, and some that were simply placed there or perpetuated due to circumstances. These are variables.
“Don’t die” is an immutable rule.
“Get an MBA and work for 35 years and retire” is is a variable.
Kunal Shah’s statement essentially says that the power over variables is in your hands.
Gamification is not merely a product skill but a life skill.
You are the player in your life. Now ask yourself:
What are your objectives? What gives you happiness and satisfaction
What decisions can you make today that will unlock the paths you want to realise in the future? Where do you want to be 10 years from now. Work backwards from there until you arrive at today. What should you do today so that you end up in that future in 10 years.
Which skill trees do you want to unlock (new skills), upgrade (improve existing skills), and master (becoming 1%)?
…and so on.
You can apply this mental model in any number of ways, I’ve just highlighted a few big ones.
If I had to update the original thought by Kunal Shah, I would add a clause which has been beautifully captured by my friend Prashant.
Right. Also, there is no winning or losing in this game but only playing. Play hard.
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