When Video Games Make You an Awesome Entrepreneur
Imagine this. You wake up one day, and your life is the best video game of the 21st century. You find out that your character is a “Novice Entrepreneur.” You begin to explore. You start to get the hang of the system. With confidence, you say to yourself, “I’m gonna be the very best like no one ever was.” You immediately realize that to move forward in the game, you need to talk to NPCs (Non-Player Characters). However, every person you can talk to is another player playing their own RPG (Role-Playing Game). Then it hits you.
This is no ordinary game. It is a game where you only have one life. No restarts. No saved points. It is a continuously evolving world.
It’s called life.
Entrepreneurs have to be the most creative, courageous , and challenge-ready people on the planet. At any given moment, they are ready to move forward, make the best in every situation, and be the social animals that they are.
Their continuously evolving skill set makes them the perfect survivor of the ever-changing world. In this day and age of technology, a hefty dose of those entrepreneurial skills may have come from the virtual world of NPCs, quests, level-ups and rewards. Video games bring a lot of lessons to the thriving entrepreneur. These lessons may have come from a make-shift world, but it definitely is a source of many of the new-aged business skills that works in real life.
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Will You Conquer This Quest?
The majority of (if not all) video games offer a good dose of side quests to keep everyone all riled up on the virtual experience. Whether a game offers a dramatic role play with a storyline, endless rallies of challenges or non-stop PvP interaction, side quests are always present to keep the players’ energy up.
This staple feature gives an opportunity to learn the value of multi-tasking. With everyday life rolling endlessly, “side quests” come up and give energy boosts to those in need of excitement. In real life, it could be starting a new relationship (Reward: 200exp + a new girlfriend), getting a new car (Reward: 500exp + a new 2016 Audi R8 V10 plus) or building a new business (Reward: 700exp + a home-style gluten-free cookie retail business).
An entrepreneur definitely needs the power of multi-tasking in his day-to-day business operations. Knowing how to handle multiple tasks requires a lot of energy and a huge amount of creativity. Managing the people in a store (Reward: Productivity Boost +10), appeasing a frantic customer (Reward: Repeat Order +25) and bookkeeping the monthly sales (Reward: 250exp + MYOB Accounting Software Assist) will give anyone a headache without the proper training.
An entrepreneur-gamer can definitely see this as an exciting challenge.
The quest to gain ultimate riches and rare items in a game gives an immeasurable adrenaline to a gamer. This drive to pursue multiple tasks taps the psychological effect of a rewards system, which in turn triggers the goal-setting mindset of an individual. Add in patience and determination and this training gives enough experience to level-up a novice to a “Thriving Entrepreneur.”
Balance is the Name of the Game.
It takes a great deal of courage to take on the daily life of an entrepreneur. The unpredictable twists and turns can turn any inexperienced individual into a complete mess of an I-want-my-mommy-because-I-want-to-quit, cry baby. Thus, it is imperative to prepare physically, mentally and emotionally. Without any holistic preparation, one huge swing from the Evil Big-Boss of the business challenge can turn any gamer-businessman into a level 1 bankrupt owner.
Almost every game offers an opportunity to customize various features, attributes, and elements of a character. More often than not, the avatar becomes more impervious to any damage from the environment with proper equipment and preparation. In other situations, focusing on a specific attribute can make the difference between life and death. It is all about balancing and prioritizing.
Sound familiar? Apparently, this game feature is a perfect reflection of real life drama.
Just like life, business is an evolving science. It greatly considers various factors in its evolution – the industry it is in, the manager it has, the condition of the economy when it began, and how other businesses interact with it. The balancing act is done by the entrepreneur to make sure his business remains afloat.
Does the business require more products or additional service (Reward: Income+30)? Is the current manager enough to handle the operations or are more supervisors required (Reward: Production Rate Speed +20)? Are the numbers adding up to give the business a level up (Reward: Expansion +30?
One of the marks of an effective entrepreneur is his ability to react to situations and balance his business’ strengths and opportunity to improve. This makes him an “Engaged Entrepreneur.”
What Doesn’t Kill you Makes you Stronger
Every challenge requires a certain level of capability, flexibility and knowledge. No one comes to the battle unarmed. Even with just a wooden buckler and a dagger, a person can still face challenges. It is just a matter of finding out what needs to be done, what is required to achieve that goal, and how much preparation is needed for the upcoming challenge ahead.
The problem-solving skill of a gamer begins to manifest when a clue is left for him to ponder. The next best step to take would then be to find out which NPC holds the next clue. When the one clue is deciphered after another, it is just a matter of following the bread crumbs to the next big thing. At the end of the trail, the reward can be as sweet as the final potion in the final bout.
Then comes the Ultimate Boss Dark Lord who is 10x bigger than the hero and can only be killed with a +9 Blessed Joyeuse.
Interconnected scenarios make up for a good game also, and the same holds true in real life. Interconnected situations come up which eventually puts you face-to-face with a roadblock. The problems that arise in these situation can only be resolved by finding the right dots, determining which dots connect to another, and ultimately connecting them to create the bigger picture.
This skill of connecting the dots has a gigantic impact on businesses. According to Steve Jobs, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” Finding the ultimate dot can grant the success an entrepreneur needs to beat the final game.
It may just be another game for others, but it can be an ultimate learning opportunity for most of the gaming entrepreneurs. An in-game character level-up maybe an exciting milestone, but learning to effectively multi-task, balance and prioritize, and create ways to overcome a challenge is the best, real-life milestone anyone can get from video games. Plus, an actual income increase and improved productivity rate are always great life bonuses for a real-world business engagement.
After everything’s been said and done, a new game begins, and a whole new set of learning unravels.