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Want to get more out of life? Look to video games for inspiration

Question from a reader -

Kaizan (I believe this was the word encapsulating the concept that small but regular efforts both build momentum and create a larger effect)

You seem to have some of the best discipline and commitment I've seen in anyone. Quite frankly I have the toughest time fighting the urgency of the present for the promised windfalls of the future. Are there any tips you have for effectively depriving oneself now for greater long-term success? If you feel as though each small effort has no measurable impact, beyond the short-term perceived negative effects, how do you justify and reason that the long-term positive effects will come. E.g. how do you say "no I can't drink this coffee with milk in it because I'm avoiding carbs" or "I can't buy this interesting book because I'm trying to save" when the correlation between those individual events and the desired result (weight-control/savings) is unmeasurable?

I'm not sure the exact year, but somewhere around 2008 to 2010 I started thinking about why video games are so easy for people to get engaged in.

When you look at it objectively, a lot of video games are more difficult, more time-consuming, and more tedious than getting large real life successes.

Interview your job interviewers

On Alan's Journey

I went for a job interview this week. I didn't need to, because I'm currently working (contracting) and reasonably happy with where I'm at (insofar as it pays good money), so I took the opportunity to interview the interviewers about this new role.

I know I've been talking recently about building online sources of income that will allow me to give up the day job and have the freedom to travel, but until I make that happen, I still need the day job. I think that's going to be an ongoing concern for a while yet.

So anyway, this opportunity was a 12 month contract for a senior role, with the a couple of 12-month extensions. That's a very nice opportunity, but there's always the risk that you'll end up working for people you don't like, in a job that won't interest or challenge you.

The basic position description seemed interesting enough, but I needed to know more. So I went into the interview with the intention of having them tell me why I should work for them.

Most people go into an interview with the intention of selling themselves, to help ensure they get the job. Most people looking for work in Australia (probably anywhere, really) believe they don't have the luxury of choice, that if they're looking for a job then they need to take whatever they can get. The common attitude is that if you don't like it, you can always look for another one once you've been in the job for a while.

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