What Asteroids Can Teach You About Being A Rich Employee

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Asteroids happens to be a video game that James Altucher (Choose Yourself) mentioned recently, so I can’t help but take up the challenge to discuss how his latest book The Rich Employee aligns with principles found in the video game Asteroids.

If you don’t already know who he is, James Altucher is basically the uncle or neighbor I’ve always wanted. He’s eccentric, honest, and redefines “Thinking outside of the box.” He also … Continue reading

Video Game Quotes: Final Fantasy VII on Strength

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Strength without determination means nothing…and determination without strength is equally useless.

– Godo Kisaragi (Yuffie’s Father), Final Fantasy VII

What have you quit? Where have you given up? Did you allow your dreams to die, or did others choke them?

Often, those who win (at life, in video games) simply keep trying longer than others who quit. Failure is only final when give up.

Video game quotes about life, success, leadership, determination, motivation, and inspiration!

Podcast EP 32: Carrie Dieterle Insomniac Games Human Resources

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Carrie Dieterle is Chief People Officer at Insomniac Games, Inc. She is part of the senior leadership team, and is responsible for creating a comprehensive human resources vision, strategy and organization to support the achievement of the company’s mission, objective and short and long term goals through a culture focused on attracting, developing and retaining individuals to support continued growth and excellence. She is also the most fun Human Resources Professional I’ve ever spoken with.

Join us as we talk about:

  • What the employment experience is like at Insomniac
  • How to create a great experience for employees
  • Insomniac’s track record as a top employer with Forbes
  • Transparency & Trust in the workplace
  • CEO Ted Price’s AMA’s
  • How to nurture culture in an organization
  • Carrie’s best career advice
  • The value of Mentorship
  • …and more!

How Video Games Teach Us How To Succeed

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Video games often get a bad rap for being a waste of time, contributing to antisocial behavior, or even inspiring terrible violence. Often overlooked is their potential as an unrivaled source of learning and an untapped mechanism for teaching life principles.

In fact, I believe that many people who enjoy video games are routinely practicing desirable traits that can lead to real world success, if they are correctly applied. The one trait that is … Continue reading

Video Game Quotes: Resident Evil 4 on Money

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“Faith in money will lead you nowhere…”

–  Leon S. Kennedy, Resident Evil 4

Video game quotes to motivate and inspire, found on ClassicallyTrained.net – Life & Leadership Lessons from Classic Video Games. Want more? Free book of quotes from the Final Fantasy game series – Click HERE.

Want to take things further? Check out Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life

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5 Lessons In Fatherhood From The Video Game Journey

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The video game Journey by ThatGameCompany is one of the most amazing video games that I have ever played… and you can trust me, I have played thousands of different video games.

At its heart, the video game is a metaphor for the Hero’s Journey framework that many narratives capture, both ancient and modern. The call to adventure, a challenge or ordeal, transformation, and the hero’s return. It’s the story of Homer’s Odyssey, Lord of the Rings, Star … Continue reading

Video Game Quotes: Donkey Kong Country on Change

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Back in my day, we used to have REAL gameplay… We didn’t have any of this fancy 3D stuff!

– Cranky Kong

 Dealing with change can be difficult. We prefer what is familiar over what is comfortable. and we prefer what is comfortable over what is better.

It is natural to resist change, especially if you do not understand why the change is happening or if the future seems uncertain.

But change is the new normal.

How will you deal with change as a leader, employee, spouse, or parent? When others are involved, our response to change has a ripple effect. As a leader, we can hold back an entire organization. As an employee, we can derail important initiatives at our organization, as a spouse we can frustrate and alienate our spouse, and as a parent we can exasperate our children.

Change is hard.

But it is required if we ever want to grow or become better.

You don’t become better at anything by staying the same.

Change management is one of the skills that video games teach us. Find out more in Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life. 

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ClassicallyTrained.net is your source for life & leadership lessons from classic video games. We also feature video game quotes to motivate and inspire!

6 Life And Leadership Lessons From The Movie Pixels

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“Looks like all the time spent playing video games has paid off.”

I miss fun movies like I miss arcades. Thankfully, Pixels has a healthy dose of fun, laughs, and arcade nostalgia. A perfect Summer movie it’s lighthearted, comical, and serves as a love letter to those of us who grew up when the latest game was in the arcade, and DLC was not even a glimmer in a developer’s eye.

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Podcast EP 31: Danny Peña of Gamertag Radio

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Danny Peña is the Founder and Host of Gamertag Radio. Gamertag Radio (GTR) is an independent online gaming website dedicated to the gaming community that was founded in 2005, and intended to help to unite all gamers. Every week GTR records and distributes new episodes recapping the news of the past week. GTR was recently announced as an addition to CBS Radio’s Play.it podcast network.

Join us as we discuss:

  • The value of podcasting
  • Creating successful community involvement
  • The intersection of gaming and hip hop music
  • Behind the scene of the video game industry
  • Growing a fan base and influence
  • How Gamertag Radio was started
  • Video games in the workplace
  • …and more!

Connect with Danny:
Gamertag Radio Podcast
Twitter: @Godfree

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Video Game Quotes: Final Fantasy VII On Communication

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Words aren’t the only way to tell someone how you feel.

– Tifa Lockheart, Final Fantasy VII

I recently started yet another play though of Final Fantasy VII (on my Playstation 3 via the Playstation Network) – and this quote jumped out at me near the start of the game. 

I wonder, will it be in the Final Fantasy VII Remake (yes, … Continue reading