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9 Life lessons from 'Snakes and Ladders' Game

9 Life lessons from 'Snakes and Ladders' Game


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9 Life lessons from 'Snakes and Ladders' Game

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About the Game

  • Snakes and Ladders is a traditional Indian board game played in almost every household.
  • Today, it is regarded as a worldwide classic.
  • The historic version of this game was designed to teach moral lessons to the players and to show the game's similarity to life and its teachings.
  • A player's progression up the board from 1 to 100 represented the journey of life while the snakes and ladders represented the vices and virtues along the journey.

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Virtues and Vices:

  • The ladders represent virtues such as generosity, faith, and humility, while the snakes represented vices such as lust, anger, murder, and theft.
  • As in life, the game shows that the number of ladders will always be less than the number of snakes as a reminder that a path of good is much more difficult to tread than a path of sins. 
  • But still you have to persevere to stay in the path of virtues as the path of sins will always pull you down just like how the snake pulls the players down in the game.


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Life Is A Dual

  • Just like ladders(ups) and snakes(downs), you will meet good and evil around you and you will also do both the right and the wrong things as you go through the beautiful journey of life.
  • Life is dual. Accept it that way and you will be able to live much more happily. If today, things have not gone your way (you may have encountered more snakes), that is a part of the game.
  • Just like how we persevere through out the game and never give up till the end...
  • The same way we must never give up even in this beautiful game called life!


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You must keep focus and move forward. You are likely to get hold of a ladder soon. Keep moving.


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Keep your focus on the goal

  • Having once defined the purpose, align all your daily actions with the purpose of your life.
  • You got to keep your focus on that end goal and that will drive your daily actions to make sure that they are aligned with the purpose.
  • If you encounter things that you do every day that are not aligned with the purpose of your life, start thinking and finding ways to eliminate them from your life slowly.
  • Just like in the game of snake and ladder we know what our goal is...to reach till 100...the players gets eaten up by snakes, climbs ladders....faces the ups and downs...but perseveres till the end.


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Be humble but never give up. 

  • Don’t look down on people who are less fortunate than you.
  • Everything that you have with you today is temporary and can be destroyed within a fraction of a second.
  • Be grateful for what you have. Likewise, when you fall down, don’t give up. Try again. Isn't that exactly what you do when you fall in the game? You just look forward once again with renewed energy and fight back to the top. This is exactly how life is supposed to be lived. Never...Never never give up in life!


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Accept the outcome

  • Whatever the result (win or lose), accept it with grace.
  • Do not be too elated in success and on the other hand, do not be demotivated in your failure.
  • Everything is temporary and life is supposed to have a mix of both.
  • That’s also the spirit of sportsmanship. Make losing a motivation, not an excuse not to play again.
  • Convert your negative outcome into positive energy to fight back again and reach the top.


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Have Patience 

  • Patience is another virtue we can learn from this game.
  • You may be down and out. You may be the last in the lot but if you keep patience and continue to do what is the right thing to do, you might soon be surprised at how quickly life can give back to you, exactly the way how it happens in this game.
  • So, be patient, keep doing the right thing, do not get distracted, annoyed, or demotivated.
  • Life will take a turn...yet again. Give it a chance and continue to follow the right path.


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Keep Moving

  • At the end of the day, it’s not the number of ladders or snakes that you face in your life that will determine your fate.
  • Has anyone won this game just because he or she got more ladders? No. Your future in the game of life is determined by one thing, and one thing only – "movement".
  • Just keep moving ever forward. Don’t stop at the foot of a snake and throw away the dice. Just keep moving.
  • Get up again, and keep moving. You might like to pause for a moment to recharge the batteries, or even have a little cry, but then keep moving again. 


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On the way learn from your mistakes or misfortunes – until you reach the finishing line like a seasoned victor.


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Enjoy Life

  • Never be in too much of a hurry to reach the end of the game.
  • Enjoy the lucky breaks, but realize that the steady patches and the snakes prevent us from getting to the end too quickly and add spice to our game.
  • Enjoy your journey of this game, the twists, and turns, the snakes and ladders equally.
  • In the end, everyone will reach the end goal - sooner or later. 
  • Be a good player, making the most of all the journey brings. Enjoy and cherish every moment of life.

Happy learning!


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