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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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 …

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Video Game Quotes: Rambo On Taking Action

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“But it’s up to you. The game doesn’t start until you say yes.”

– Colonel Trautman, Rambo (NES)

Ok, Rambo on the NES is a pretty terrible game. But this quote is just awesome. Life requires us to make a move before things happen. We often cannot control when things end, but we can have a say as to when the begin.

Sure there are times when we are forced to wait (here’s a few things you can do while stuck on life’s loading screens), but we are still accountable for taking action.

The Mindfluence Revolution Podcast mentions the idea that “Action ends dissatisfaction,” and when we take steps to pursue our dreams, we find that we are much happier – even in the face of challenge.

Personally, being stuck or stagnant is the worse state to be in.

So what are you waiting for? Get started today.

The game doesn’t start until you say yes.

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Video Game Quotes: Earthbound on Self Talk

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I’m the evil part of your brain. You can’t beat me. Because you are the one who forced me into being.

Ness’ Dream, Earthbound

Have you even been pursuing a dream or a passion, only to have someone shoot it down?

Do you ever listen the the voices that tell you things like:

“You’re not good enough”

“You’ll never make it – you should just give up”

“No one cares, why should you even try?”

“Who are you to do that? You are too… [young/old/late/stupid/poor/shy/etc]

These voices are not true, and to win a creative battle we must fight these voices… and win.

BONUS TIPEarthbound was originally called Mother 2 in Japan. That’s a hint, guys and girls. This weekend is Mother’s Day. Do something awesome for your mom, and if you have kids, help them do something awesome for their mom.

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Video Game Quotes: Popful Mail on Time

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I’ve got all the time in the world…

– Popful Mail

Time is funny – it spends itself, regardless if you plan to use it or not. So how are you using your time?

Are you always in a hurry, or do you have a sense of ease?

When is the last time that you thought to yourself “I have all the time in the world?”

I personally can’t remember thinking a thought along those lines in over five years.

Maybe more.

Then again, maybe you are waiting. Feeling stuck. If that is you, then here is what you can do in the meantime.

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Video Game Quotes: Metroid on the Past

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My past is not a memory. It’s a force at my back. It pushes and steers. I may not always like where it leads me, but like any story, the past needs resolution. What’s past is prologue.

~ Samus Aran, Metroid Other M

How does your past impact your present?

How have your past experiences shaped who you are today?

While no one wants to be a victim to the terrible or traumatic events in our own past, we must also learn to come to terms with them.

But remember: your past does not have dictate who you are today. We can change. We can overcome. We can be better.

We can choose to make a new start. We can embrace ideas like grace and mercy.

And forgiveness.

Don’t let the weight of your past hold you down.

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Video Game Quotes: Secret of Mana on Time

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Time flows like a river and history repeats…

Perhaps you have heard the saying “there is nothing new under the sun.”

While it seems that the next “new thing” is on everyone’s mind, it is funny how often we are just excited about another way of expressing something that is already in existence.

Life is seasonal. There are the seasons where we spend time planting – working hard, hustling to make our dreams become a reality – but then we experience hot summers or cold winter where the harvest feels so far away.

Where ever you find yourself today, remember that it is only a season.

If it is a good time, then enjoy it, but prepare and save for difficult times.

If you are in a hard season, take comfort in knowing that things may soon change, and the sun will shine again, bringing with it Spring and new life.

What season are you in now? How are you making the most of it?

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