John Wesley of Pick the Brain published recently an article called 7 Life Lessons I Learned Playing Halo where he gives seven great advices that can change your life significantly and for better. I found them very inspiring maybe because I’ve learned most of them the hard way trying to break walls with my head. They are not easy to accomplish but they definitely are worth trying.
I don’t play Halo or similar games so I will only comment on the life implications of these lessons.
- Hesitation is death. No matter if you are playing combat games or you live the real life. Nothing is more destructive to your life than hesitation and doubt. You may be wrong in your plans, you may reach insuperable obstacles but you will never know how to deal with them unless you try. I was hesitating to start my own business for 13 years and now I regret it. I’ve been suffering all this time that I could do the things better but I never had the courage to make it. Don’t hesitate! Don’t be afraid that you might fall because when you fall you will know how much it hurts. Otherwise you will be afraid of the pain much more than it really hurts.
- Success requires experience. Well, we’ve all heard about successful teenage businessmen but they are just an exception. If you want to succeed in business you need to learn the basics of the profession and to practice it repeatedly. It’s not enough just to try once. It’s necessary to try it many times. To fall and to stand up again until you realize the internal power that you have and until you learn how to use it effectively.
- You can’t win without teamwork. In the real life no one succeeds by doing things by himself. The lonely runners are not the successful ones. To be successful you must beat your ego and sacrifice your personal glory. You need to take care about your buddies as they take care of you. When you learn to trust your team and to count on their skills you will get to success.
- Anticipation is the key to victory. Always try to change your point of view and loof from the eyes of the others. Try to put yourself in the other people’s shoes and to understand their problems, their desires and their hopes – this way you will be able to better serve your customers and outgo you competition.
- Leverage your strengths. Everyone is unique in some way. If you want to succeed you must know your unique qualities – your strengths which you must leverage and improve, and your weaknesses which you should keep low.
- Winning comes in streaks. Some days you are full of energy and you can do a lot of work and some days you just can’t concentrate as well as others. To be successful, you need to recognize your streaks so you can weather the bad ones and make the most of the good ones.
- The Devil’s in the details. As John says “[in Halo] the difference between life and death can be as small as the angle of a grenade toss or the decision to reload. The same is true in real life. You need to pay attention to all the tiny details that contribute to success or failure.” Nothing more to add.