Video Game Quotes: Pokemon on Life

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I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.

– MewTwo, Pokemon

For many, it is easy to focus on all the disadvantages we face, many times overlooking all the opportunity that can be found if we persist. This quote from MewTwo during the Pokemon Movie represents a wide range of stories that can be found in movies, video games, and real life examples.

I love how Jon Acuff compares life to a race when you are pursuing your dreams. We all have a race to run, and while we don’t get to choose the finish line, we can all choose when we start.

This analogy feels personally relevant since I am preparing to run a 5k race in a few months. It’s up to me to train, to get up early, to do the hard work, so that when the day of the race arrives, I will be ready. If I don’t prepare well, I cannot expect great results. It does not matter what limitations I might have, what I do with the time between now and the day of the event is what matters. I can choose to focus on what I can control, and make progress from what I was able to do yesterday.

It’s up to me. It’s my choice.

The same is true for all of us.

Video game quotes, life and leadership lessons and more can be found on, the ClassicallyTrained Podcast, and in the book Mastering the Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life.

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Hidden In Plain Sight: Mike Tyson’s PunchOut!! Secret for Your Life

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Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! was such a great game to play on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

It had all the right features: detailed graphics, exciting music, responsive controls, and memorable characters (Except the ones that I forgot in this head-to-head Video Game Trivia battle with Wired Editor Chris Kohler).

 Best of all, this game is a ton of fun to play.

While still in our youth, my friend Derek McCloud and I played countless rounds on his copy … Continue reading

Video Game Quotes: Final Fantasy IX

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Blind pursuit of power is a meaningless vice

– Amarant, Final Fantasy IX

It can be easy to focus on your goal, only to miss the point of why you are pursuing the goal to begin with. The word “power” in this quote could easily be substituted for “money,” “fame,” “prestige,” or even “knowledge.” Yes, it is important to be focused, but intention is essential to achieving the results you want.

If the reason why you are striving for something is forgotten, then it is time to stop and take a look at what you really want to accomplish. Don’t let yourself fall into a routine, mindlessly trudging forward, without asking yourself “is this what I really want?”

Getting Back On Track

So what do you do if you find yourself heading down the wrong path? Should you keep going, or speed up? All too often, we choose responses that only make our situation worse.

C.S. Lewis said this: “If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road, and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”

Now, it takes a fair amount of humility to admit you are wrong, and even more humility to make a change, but your progress in life may very well depend on it.

If you catch yourself heading aimlessly in life, take a moment to stop and find yourself again and then get clear on your purpose. I know how frustrating it can be when you want to see results from all your hard work, but without focus and direction, hard work is meaningless. is your place for life and leadership lessons from classic video games and motivational video game quotes to inspire your real life. For more life and leadership lessons from video games, check out Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life.

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Podcast EP 36: Nathan Barnatt – Creating Your Own Future

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Nathan Barnatt is an actor, comedian, dancer, and filmmaker. He’s been in many videos, movies, shorts, and known for High School USA!, Kirby Buckets and Talking Classics as Keith Apicary. After a performance on Comedy Central’s “Gong Show” Andy Dick called him “the next Buster Keaton”. His dance videos are legendary as is his love for video games of all kinds. Please welcome to the show, Nathan Barnatt.

Join us as we talk about:

  • Talking Classics and Keith Apicary – Past, Present, and Future
  • Getting into trouble in the airport and never breaking character
  • Secret stuff we can’t talk about!
  • 300 million views across videos on YouTube
  • Defining your own legacy
  • Trale Lewous – self-proclaimed spokesperson for candy (inspired by commercials for Semi-Pro, the movie neither of us could remember)
  • What it means to go chugging gigabytes
  • That one time Nathan’s brother Cheffid lived in a van. In the driveway. For a year.
  • Ray Amsley – The one legged martial artist and how to never get murdered again.
  • Which 3 video game characters would Nathan take on a Carpool trip
  • We experience a mutual “old man” moment that devolves in to way too much reminiscing
  • …and much, much more! (Seriously, this was a massive, awesome episode)

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29 Life Lessons From Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Animal Crossing is such a great game. I have fond memories of the original Animal Crossing on the Game Cube. It was fresh, funny, and oddly addictive. Being able to see the game world change in time with real world seasons was impressive. I loved the depth of the game, and while in college I found a friend who also played the game. We could then visit each other’s villages and share silly (and sometimes … Continue reading

Are Video Games a Waste of Time?

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As a Gamer for over 30 years, I have often heard critics of video games dismiss the hobby as a waste of time.

Wait, more like a “HUGE waste of time.”

This became even more obvious once I graduated college and started working in a professional role. I felt like I had to keep the fact that I enjoyed video games a secret. I thought to myself, “Sure it’s okay to play golf all day Saturday … Continue reading

Video Game Quotes: Uncharted 3 on Opportunities

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We don’t get to choose how we start in the life. Real ‘greatness’ is what you do with the hand you’re dealt.

– Victor Sullivan aka Sully, Uncharted 3

Disbelief. Skepticism.

Those are the typical responses I find when I make the point that video games teach personal accountability. To be honest, I did not really understand this until I learned about John G. Miller, and his QBQ! Question Behind the Question (Listen to my interview with him HERE).

This quote from Sully in Uncharted 3 captures the basis for just about every video game and how personal accountability fits in.

Video games often involve the hero of the story starting out with nothing, at level one; or if you do have items or skills, they are selected by the game designer. In some cases, like Castlevania: SOTN or Metroid Prime, you start out with power ups, only to quickly lose them.

At this point you could give up, sell the game, throw your controller across the room, and swear off video games all together.

But that’s not what we do. We play on. We overcome. We grow and fight to become stronger.

Guess what? The same approach works in your own life.

Sure, others may have it better than you. But if you are reading this on a computer or a smart phone, you are doing a lot better than a million other people in the world today.

What matters most is what you do next. So what will it be? How will you play the hand you have been dealt?

To go further, check out this book, filled with video game quotes, examples, and illustrations to help you apply what you learn in video games to your own life!

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Podcast EP 35: Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness

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Steve Kamb is the founder of, a worldwide fitness community dedicated to helping nerds, desk jockeys, and self-aware robots level up their lives. He’s also the author of the upcoming book, Level Up Your Life, that gives people a blueprint for prioritizing adventure, growth, and happiness by turning a life into a giant video game. While running his company from a coconut laptop, Steve has adventured all over the world, explored the ruins of Machu Picchu, dived with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, and lived like James Bond in Monte Carlo. He has guest lectured at Google, Google Dublin, Facebook, TEDxEmory, and regularly speaks at Vanderbilt University.

 Join us as we talk about:
  • Turning your life into a big video game
  • How to get started with exercise, diet, or any other new habit
  • Steve’s own Epic Quest of Awesome
  • Steve’s new book Level Up Your Life
  • The value of community
  • How to harness momentum in 2016 and beyond
  • …and much more!


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Video Game Quotes Final Fantasy VI On Hope

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First things first. For once I feel hopeful!

– Edgar Roni Figaro, Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI is one of my all time favorite video games. The story, the music, the game play, and all of the characters – everything about this game is outstanding.

The story follows quite a dramatic arc, filled with fun and adventure, but some very terrible things happen in the course of the game. Tales of love that was lost, depression, powerlessness, separation, and even the near destruction of the world.

But at it’s heart, Final Fantasy VI is about hope. About finding meaning in the face of extreme adversity. About finding your purpose and living life with intention.

Maybe you are feeling a bit lost or hopeless. Edgar’s quote gives us a hint for how to get back on track:

First things first.

When life feels overwhelming or we have a hard time finding hope, focus on what you can do, right in front of you. Make sure you eat well, sleep well, and spend time with those you love.

Don’t worry about every detail, but focus on the one thing you can do right now to make your situation a little better. Take action each day, even if what you can do seems small or insignificant, it adds up.

Seeing results will give you hope. But even if you cannot see results right away, don’t give up. If video games can teach us anything, it’s the ability to persist in the face of challenge – and overcome.

You got this.

– Jon is your site for life & leadership lessons from classic video games, articles, and motivational video game quotes to help you keep leveling up.