What lessons can we draw from games?

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In video games, there is a system of levels. Players have to clear Level 1 before they move on to Level 2 and so on.

In the book “The Power of Moments”, Chip Heath and Dan Heath referred to Steve Kamb’s book titled “Level Up Your Life”. Steve Kamb used the principle in video games to level up his goal.

Chip Heath and Dan Heath illustrated levelling up the goal of “learning Spanish” as follows:

“LEVEL 1: Order a meal in Spanish.
LEVEL 2: Have a simple conversation in Spanish with a taxi driver.
LEVEL 3: Glance at a Spanish newspaper and understand at least one headline.
LEVEL 4: Follow the action in a Spanish cartoon.
LEVEL 5: Read a kindergarten-level book in Spanish.”

It is more fun than the usual way we think about goal setting:

“LEVEL 1: Try to squeeze in a Spanish session.
LEVEL 2: Try to squeeze in a Spanish session.
LEVEL 3: Try to squeeze in a Spanish session.
LEVEL 4: Try to squeeze in a Spanish session.
DESTINATION: Someday, eventually: ‘Know Spanish’.”

How would levelling up look like for your goals?


This post was first posted on Linkedin on 30 May 2021.

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