Video Game Quotes: Thimbleweed Park

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“There’s nothing ‘little’ about murder, sir”
~ Agent Reyes
In a town like Thimbleweed Park a dead body is the least of your problems. Or is it? Federal Agent Reyes arrives in the town of Thimbleweed Park to investigate a murder, but that is only the beginning of the adventure. In one conversation with a local citizen, the homicide in question is referred to as “one little murder.”

Perhaps you have heard the saying “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and everything is small stuff.” This makes for a nice sound bite, but in reality, it’s wrong. In most jobs, you are actually paid to sweat the small stuff!

Employees dismiss something as “not my job,” but this is actually avoiding personal accountability. If a part of your job has a purpose to a customer or client, you should care very much. Seth Godin talks about this as an “unfair advantage” that any company, no matter how small, can put to use.

If you and your team you work with commit to caring more that anyone else, you will win the hearts and business of those you serve.

It’s easy to minimize a problem – it takes courage to try to solve it.

How will you sweat the small stuff today?

And if you have not yet played Thimbleweed Park, I urge you to do so – it’s filled with great humor and challenging puzzles to help you practice sweating the small stuff – and you can play it on your computer, phone, or console (I bought it for the Nintendo Switch, so that’s the version I recommend).

Video Game Quotes: Zelda Breath of the Wild on Courage

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But courage need not be remembered… for it is never forgotten.

– Princess Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a remarkable game. Nintendo has done an incredible job of recapturing the experience of playing the original Legend of Zelda, while fully bringing the game into modern gaming standards.

Breath of the Wild includes many familiar elements, but just as many new ideas are introduced to the series. Before playing, it is easy to assume this game is just another Zelda title, only bigger. However, Nintendo took some risks in changing up the traditional approach to the series. That takes courage.

Any time we try something new, courage is required.

Sitting back and doing nothing, or worse, criticizing others, does not require courage. Speaking up and letting your unique voice be heard is an important step for anyone who wants to make anything better.

Indeed, courage is not forgotten…but it can be ignored, suppressed, or avoided.

Yet courage is also contagious. When one stands up for the truth or what is right, it wakes up courage in the hearts of others. Acting with courage is what every leader is called to do, and everyone who acts with courage becomes a leader – regardless of their title, age, gender or any other descriptor.

So where do you need courage in your life?

Here is another quote to ponder:  “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage”

And no, I’m not suggesting that you go out and buy a zoo.

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: 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?

Each Wednesday, stop by for more inspirational video game quotes about life and leadership.

Video Game Quotes: Assassin’s Creed

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Educate them. Teach them right from wrong. It must be knowledge that frees them, not force.

Altair, Assassin’s Creed

You know that saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink?”

Just today I was listening to an episode of Dan Pink’s Podcast, where he interview the Heath brothers about their book Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work.

During this interview, the idea came up that many individuals will resist choices being made for them, but they are less likely to resist being given a process to make a choice.

Knowledge is power. It takes away vulnerability.

It does not matter if you are buying a car, having an operation performed, or launching a business venture – vulnerability can skew your decision making. Vulnerability most feels like fear.

That’s why we research big choices. It’s why we read how many 5 Star (or 1 Star) reviews a product has on Amazon before we buy.

It’s why we don’t get married on our first date.

Of course, knowing right from wrong does not mean we will always make a good choice, but it sure helps to be informed.

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