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.

ClassicallyTrained.net 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 25: Dr. James Rosser Interview

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James C. Rosser, Jr., MD, FACS is a surgeon, educator, scientist, inventor, author, futurist, social advocate, television personality, playwright, video gamer, comic book collector, lover of cinema, and self proclaimed terminal twelve year old.


Join us as we discuss:

  • How he got the nick name “The Nintendo Surgeon”
  • Confronting the erroneous methods of “research” that is often used to connect video games to negative traits
  • The moral imperative tied to video games
  • How video games transcend learning styles and empower knowledge transfer
  • What is Stealth Learning and how it can be used to accelerate learning
  • Dr. Rosser’s study on how playing video games like Super Monkey Ball can actually improve speed and reduce errors in laproscopic surgery
  • Why even serious games need to include fun
  • And more!

Dr Rosser’s Book: Playin’ to Win: A Surgeon, Scientist and Parent Examines the Upside of Video Games

Dr. Rosser’s Research Paper: The Impact of Video Games on Training Surgeons in the 21st Century 

Also available on Amazon :

Buy Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life

Intro/Outtro: Playing With Power by Fantomenk, used with permission.

I hope you enjoyed this episode: Dr. James Rosser Interview

Podcast Episode 05 – Why Leadership, Lifehacks, and Video Games?

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listen to ‘Ep 05 Why Life & Leadership Lessons From Video Games?’ on Audioboo

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In this episode of the ClassicallyTrained podcast, I answer the question of how this site & show came to be.

I also answer:

Why Video Games AND Leadership? What I do when I am not writing about video games and life lessons Why I am not … Continue reading

Multitaskers Are Liars, Or Your Brain Is A Processor, Not A Memory Card.

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Multitaskers Are Liars. All of them. Sorry, it is just not possible. If you say you can multitask, you are lying. I don’t care what you say, it is impossible to dedicate 100% of your attention to more than one thing at a time. I’ve entered into some crazy debates with sincere people (or is that sincere debates with crazy people?) who whole heartedly believe that you … Continue reading

How Video Games Can Teach Us To Handle Conflict

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Have you ever found yourself in a conversation were you and the other individual did not see eye to eye?

How did it go?

Chances are, not as well as you would like.

Conflict in video games seems so much easier. There are rules, a third party keeps track of the score in an objective fashion, and at the end there is a clear winner. Most of us feel competent in … Continue reading

Podcast: Interview with Simon Sinek

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In today’s ClassicallyTrained podcast, I am excited to share with you my interview with Simon Sinek –  best selling author and thought leader.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The upside of video games
  • Simon’s visit to Nintendo headquarters
  • Why safety matters in gaming and innovation
  • An important key to success that Simon has noticed due to video game

Additional Resources:

Simon Sinek’s Books:

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’’t

Simon Sinek’s Website:

startwithwhy.com

Twitter:HERE

Facebook:HERE

Simon Sinek’s TED Talks

Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

To Download a copy of the Transcript of the interview with Simon Sinek, click here:  Click Here for Transcript

(Access to my other bonuses included as well!)

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How Video Games Can Help Us Lead Change. I’m Even Using This Method to Get Out of Debt!

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Debit: Two cars, a house, student loans, Best Buy and two Macy’s credit cards. My wife and I had just accepted the fact that these monthly payments would continue as far as we could see into the future.

Until we were presented with a thought process that challenged us to change our ways. But change is really hard, even when we really, really want to make it happen. Change is needed for … Continue reading