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 ClassicallyTrained.net, the ClassicallyTrained Podcast, and in the book Mastering the Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life.
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 …
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.
ClassicallyTrained.net is your source for life & leadership lessons from classic video games. We also feature video game quotes to motivate and inspire!
“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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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 TIP: Earthbound 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.
Check back each week for more inspiration and motivational video game quotes about life and leadership.
This post is an excerpt from the book Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life
When I asked best-selling author Simon Sinek what he had learned from video games, he offered an interesting reply: “It’s difficult to know where our lessons come from.” Part of what I believe makes understanding where learning comes from it so difficult is …
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.
Don’t let the weight of your past hold you down.
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I’m so excited to share with you the introduction chapter to my new book – Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life. The full book will be available in March 2015 on Amazon. To stay updated on launch date and more, please subscribe here or on the book’s site: allegamy.com.
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