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7 Life Lessons I Learned Playing Video Games

Having A Good Laugh

Games, just like life, have a competitive component to them. But being obsessive, strict, and narrowly-focused on one thing to the exclusion of everything else is not the way to go if you want to be truly happy. Gaming is often just about feeling good, having fun, and being fulfilled and content at the end of the day.

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Having A Good Laugh

Games, just like life, have a competitive component to them. But being obsessive, strict, and narrowly-focused on one thing to the exclusion of everything else is not the way to go if you want to be truly happy. Gaming is often just about feeling good, having fun, and being fulfilled and content at the end of the day.

You’ll Find Valuables In The Strangest Of Places

Thinking for yourself and going outside your comfort zone might lead you to untold treasures.

Just as you will often find a rare and incredibly powerful item in a random closet, you can find a job or a new relationship in unexpected places. You’ll never know what you may find if you don’t go out there and explore.

Finding Shortcuts

There are rules to everything, and understanding the underlying system, makes it easy to find loopholes and exploit them.

In real life, there are many predictable situations and in most cases there is an easier way to overcome them if you know they are coming. You have to pay attention and exploit them within reason.

Failure Is An Opportunity To Learn

To get good at a game, you need to get to know the rules of the universe well and to develop the necessary skills. To do this, you need to fail many times.

Once you get into this mindset of “failure is merely a teaching tool,” you’ll start to apply it to other aspects of life without even realizing it. You can develop a lot of patience and focus if you go through life as if you were playing an RPG.

Hours Of Frustration Can Turn Into Joy

Sometimes you get stuck in a rut for hours before you ultimately complete an objective. But there is a feeling of utter joy when you finally accomplish something that seemed impossible for a long time.

Video games teach that sometimes you need to grind through a lot of frustrating work that may seem meaningless to get to a sense of achievement.

Think Outside The Box

There often comes a point in a game where you find yourself stuck. But eventually you learn that having patience and giving it time is better than despairing. 

When facing a hard challenge in real life, take some time off, do something else and try to think of different solutions to the problem after your brain has relaxed for some 10-20 minutes. 

Don’t Be Too Trusting Towards Strangers

As kids, we are taught not to talk to stranger and be on our guard, but as we age we become less distrustful. And that’s not always for the better.

As choosing an easy to decipher password or trusting a stranger with your online items will show, there are many scammers out there waiting to pray on your compassion and trusting nature.

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Nothing is too big to tackle

Final Fantasy VII has you battle a man on his way to becoming a God. But the game teaches you the importance of taking a stand and fighting for the right reasons, even in the face of defeat.

Determination is key

Whether it's powering through the many dungeons of Hyrule in a Legend of Zelda game or trying to complete an especially difficult assignment at work, you're not going to accomplish it all in one day. 

The key to getting through it all is to remain steadfast and keep moving forward, no matter the difficulty. Procrastination certainly doesn't help; it'll still be waiting right where you left off. 

Sometimes it takes teamwork

If Team Fortess 2 has anything to teach, it's that even the motliest of crews can win the day when they work together toward a common goal.

Sometimes the best teams come together from different walks of life, so don't be afraid to bring your cocky Scout and your experimental Medic even if it seems they won't work well together. 

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