There’s an easy explanation to why so many people enjoy playing video games: they love leveling up.
Think about how satisfying it is to unlock a new perk or achieve a new title. Even though the incentives are completely virtual and have no real tangible benefits, we feel compelled to keep playing so we can hit that next level.
Real life works in exactly the same way — we just need to embrace the right mindset to achieve what we want in life.
I like to think of myself as a relatively well-rounded conversationalist. I can talk to you about a little bit of everything; history, science, philosophy, business. I even know a wee bit about sports. (Ugh, sports).
But there’s one thing I almost certainly know nothing about: TV shows. Ask me about the latest episode of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, or whatever else half the world is raving about on social media, and I’ll be absolutely clueless.
Everyone wants it, but not everyone achieves it. There’s a reason why it’s called “chasing” success, after all.
Naturally, when someone figures out a strategy that yields desirable results, we seek to emulate it. Why work harder than you have to when a formula for success already exists?
This makes sense in the short-run — it’s a smart way of moving forward when you’re just getting started in your craft. But there’s a point of diminishing returns — a grey area between inexperience and mastery — where being formulaic compromises your potential.
I get a common reaction when I tell people I’m a blogger:
“That’s awesome. I wish I could start a blog!”
When I ask what’s stopping them, they respond by saying they don’t have enough inspiration to write consistently. They don’t realize that as a creative, the biggest mistake you can make is relying on inspiration to follow through with your ideas.