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Life is a Game. Or is it?

I think it is.

And I’m not the only one.

Not by a long shot.

The overwhelming majority of people I’m having this discussion with, disagree strongly. Some get it, but most do not. Others are outraged. What does it mean to say that life is a game? Why do people disagree so strongly?

The problem is one of misunderstanding and miscommunication. To understand us, the life-is-a-game-believers, you have to take a step back first. There is no room for heated tempers. Once you’ve done that, you should be able to read between the lines and grasp our true meaning.

All we are really trying to say is, that thinking about life as a game is a useful tool. That’s it. End of story. Adopting that mindset has numerous benefits. Most importantly, it liberates you to do exactly what you want without being afraid of taking risks.

One thing all games with incomplete information have in common, is that you can’t win every single time. You’re bound to lose eventually and there’s nothing you can do about it. Life is the same. It’s an incomprehensibly complex game, filled with countless details you don’t or cannot know anything about. Therefore, your ability to make informed decisions is often limited and only luck remains as an unreliable way to get what you want. The Rolling Stones were right when they said “You can’t always get what you want”. The sooner you accept this the better, because you are not going to change it.

If the last paragraph didn’t make you ponder, read it again, because it is essential. I don’t care whether you consider “life is a game” to be factually true or false. That’s beside the point. Instead, I want to encourage you to think about life as if it were a game and try acting like a skilled player. Whenever you do have sufficient information, make sound decisions to maximize your chances of getting what you want. Otherwise, simply trust your gut and take a guess.

I don’t know how this misunderstanding came to be. And it doesn’t matter now. The “damage” is already done. That being said, I hope that my perspective helps you to understand the life-is-a-game mindset. Maybe even to reconsider it for yourself.

Obviously, I’m just a single person somewhere in the vast obscurity of the Internet. I can’t speak for of all my fellow life-is-a-game-believers. Nonetheless, I would be more than surprised to discover that I’m alone. There must be others, sharing my perspective.

While writing this article, I thought mainly about work and entrepreneurship. Nevertheless, I don’t see why the life-is-a-game approach cannot be applied to other areas of life as well.

Thank you for enduring my craziness long enough to finish reading this article. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts as well as having a challenging discussion in the comments section below.

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