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

Want to Be Successful? Space Invaders Can Show You How.

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This secret is no secret at all. A simple concept, well-known and completely embraced by every one of those otherworldly invaders is essential for anyone who wants to be successful.

This one factor contributes to the Space Invaders’ eventual success against even the most skilled spaceship pilots they descend upon, and this same factor is applied by the very best players of the game to achieve the highest scores.

The same idea, when applied to … Continue reading

Who is Your Player 2? Part 2 – Rival Challenger

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In part one of this series, we took a quick look at the social aspect of gaming, and the importance of selecting the most suited type of Player 2 for cooperative gaming.

We also discussed some practical ways that we can cultivate the traits in ourselves that will take us down a path to being a more generous, loyal, and skillful person in how … Continue reading

Who is Your Player 2? Part 1 – Fellow Traveler

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Some of my very best memories of gaming (and current fun as well) involve other players. There was something really special about the multiplayer games of the 80’s and 90’s. To start with, all the players had to be in the same room, usually using the same TV screen to play.

A Bluetooth headset and online gaming just does not capture the fun of playing a game in the same room as your … Continue reading

Why You Need to Be a Freak Like Tempest

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This special post is in honor of Owner, bestselling author, and all around cool guy Chris Brogan’s Birthday. Here’s to many more! – Check out Chris’ site here and pick up his must read book – The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators

As an arcade game, Tempest was a bit of a freak.

Let’s figure out why.

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It was among … Continue reading

How Galaga Can Teach You to Overcome Fear and Embrace Your Inner Awesome

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 A special shout out to Jon Acuff- thanks for suggesting a lesson from Galaga. Jon Acuff is a New York Times Best Selling Author of four books – check out his blog and find out more at: http://acuff.me/


A classic that has taken more of my quarters than I care to admit – Galaga embodies some of the very best things about gaming nostalgia – back in the day when arcades were where … Continue reading

How the Game Joust can Help You Get Promoted

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 A special shout out to Catalyst John – thanks for requesting a lesson from Joust – this is for you. John is a Business coach & speaker – find out more at: http://catalystjohn.com/

Do you have a game you would like me to share a lesson from? Send your request to Jon@ClassicallyTrained.net or tweet to @CT_Blog

A determining factor in success in life, school, and work (as well as a strong determining factor in getting a promotion) … Continue reading

The Life Changing Time Management Technique You Can Learn From Tetris

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Tetris is a timeless classic.

Millions have indulged an obsession with dropping blocks to form an unbroken line. Even before Angry Birds and Candy Crush, non-gamers and gamers alike knew Tetris. Over 125,000 Million copies of the game have been sold.

Tetris is pretty amazing. It’s applications are near endless.

For example, did you know that Tetris can:

Help you stick to your diet? 

Help overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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