Video Game Quotes: Pokemon on Life

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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.

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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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Are Video Games a Waste of Time?

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As a Gamer for over 30 years, I have often heard critics of video games dismiss the hobby as a waste of time.

Wait, more like a “HUGE waste of time.”

This became even more obvious once I graduated college and started working in a professional role. I felt like I had to keep the fact that I enjoyed video games a secret. I thought to myself, “Sure it’s okay to play golf all day Saturday … Continue reading

Podcast EP 33: Life Lessons From Video Games

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If you are a gamer, you realize the power of video games to inspire, excite, and even teach life lessons. This special episode is dedicated to all the gamers who realize the amazing potential for good within one of our favorite hobbies.

Featuring some of the best thoughts of influential experts from my interviews over the past year, this episode is packed with thought provoking commentary on life lessons from video games.

Please enjoy and share with others.

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How Video Games Teach Us How To Succeed

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Video games often get a bad rap for being a waste of time, contributing to antisocial behavior, or even inspiring terrible violence. Often overlooked is their potential as an unrivaled source of learning and an untapped mechanism for teaching life principles.

In fact, I believe that many people who enjoy video games are routinely practicing desirable traits that can lead to real world success, if they are correctly applied. The one trait that is … Continue reading

Podcast EP 29: The Graduation Speech I Needed To Hear

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I remember my first graduation. I remember a graduation speech as well, but I can’t say I remember much else about it.

Just last week I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker for the graduation of the 2015 class at the Gardens School of Technology Arts.

So I thought about the graduation speech I needed to hear when I was in the student’s place.

Yes, a talk that is chock full of wisdom, advice, and…video games.

Today’s episode is based on that speech.

Enjoy, and congratulations of the class of 2015!

Podcast EP 28: Interview with Greg Toppo Author of The Game Believes in You

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Interview with Greg Toppo

Greg Toppo is USA TODAY’s national K-12 education writer. He’s been with USA TODAY since 2002 and was a 2010 Spencer fellow in education reporting at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, Toppo was a reporter for the Associated Press in Washington. Toppo has worked as both a high school English and writing teacher and as a fourth-grade teacher. He is the author of the book:Continue reading

Connecting the Dots – Video Games and Learning Pt 2

This is part 2 of Connecting the Dots, for part one go HERE

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Concept Three: You Can Learn Without Knowing It

What excites me about the potential for learning principles from video games, is the possibility it can be done without the learner even being actively aware that they are learning.

In a previous post, I detailed a problem solving approach that discovers how many difficult problems may already be resolved … Continue reading

TED Talk: How Video Games Empower Real World Success

It was my pleasure to be given the opportunity to speak at TEDxBocaRaton this past March. A special thank you to Becky Woodbridge and the entire team that made this event such an outstanding success!

Please take a few minutes to watch my talk & share with a gamer in your life – then answer this question: “How do YOU think we can best connect the dots?”

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Thank you for watching – TED Talks are designed to be “ideas worth spreading” – I would be appreciative if you would … Continue reading