Four Career Lessons I Learned from Video Games

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Originally published on Fast Company, 8/10/15

5947317902_17cc16c61d_zYOUR CAREER IS A GAME WITH A STRUCTURE AND RULES. IT’S ALL ABOUT HOW YOU PLAY IT.

I used to work for a video game company. Early in my tenure there, I heard a colleague remark that video games are the only form of entertainment where you get to write your own story and determine your own ending. I’ve since left the business, but that idea has stuck with me. Consider any video, phone, or tablet game you play: Your success rests on the series of discrete, split-second decisions you make. Most games offer hints and guides to help you make them, but the better a player you become, the fewer tips you need to do well.

Careers are similar. Starting out, you rely on a handful of mentors who critique your work, offer tips, and show you how to work the coffee…

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