1. The Purpose of The Game
It's difficult to win a game if you don't even know the purpose of the game.
The purpose of the game of life is to generate and contribute as much positive impact to others and the world.
Happiness is NOT the purpose of the game. Happiness and fulfillment are valuable rewards and by-products when you play the game right.
2. Who Are You Competing Against
You are NOT competing against the rest of the world. It's not "Me vs The World".
"The World" is a non-player. They are spectators who can both cheer or boo you. Some will cheer you no matter what. Some will boo you no matter what.
Many people who misunderstood thinking it's a "Me vs The World" game, ended up focusing most of their energy to a non-player of the game.
Because of it, these people became confused, insecure, loosing confidence, and even depressed because they feel like it's an impossible game to win.
Well, you can't win a game against a non-player. So who are the players?
The players in the game of life is "Me vs Time".
But understand this: As an opponent, Time does not have the same purpose as you. Time's task is simply to minimize your positive impact and contribution.
3. How To Win The Game
Understand your opponent, and capitalize its weakness.
Time grows its strength against you when you are wasting it. The more you ignore it, the more it grows its strength.
But Time also has its weakness that you can truly capitalize. No matter how much strengths it has gathered against you in the past, the moment you start using it for the purpose of the game, its strength gets weaker.
And, as you do this, you are simultaneously absorbing its strengths and grow stronger yourself.
4. What Are The Rewards
As mentioned earlier: Happiness and an incredible sense of meaning and fulfillment.
These rewards are experienced during AND (depending on people's beliefs) after the game.
The further (not longer) you go in life, the bigger its challenges. The bigger its challenges, the bigger your opportunity to grow, and the bigger the rewards.
By becoming a true student of life, you can be a teacher for life.
Life, is an exciting game indeed.
WHY A LOT OF PEOPLE SUCK AT THIS GAME CALLED LIFE
by Ali Abidin
(Graduate of Wagner School of Public Service at New York University)