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If life is a game, then we can’t just stand by passively like NPCs (non-playable characters); instead, we need to be proactive, gain knowledge and experience, team up with other motivated players, obtain mentors, and have fun doing it!

Since you’re new here, I’m giving you a step-by-step strategy guide to take control of your life and turn it into a fun, fulfilling, real life game.

Step 1: learn the fundamentals of Gamification

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Your best first step is to join the 14-day Gamification Course. I created this free course specifically for beginners seeking to learn the fundamentals of Gamification. Not only will you learn the fundamentals, but you’ll also meet thousands of motivated people, just like you, who are going through the course. Together, you and other Octalysis Explorers can learn from each other and support each other as you grow your knowledge in Gamification.

Step 2: team up with motivated players

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I first started my Gamification journey in 2003. Back then, it was quite a lonely journey, as the word “Gamification” had not even been coined yet. But I was passionate about how to utilize game design to motivate desired behavioral, so I stuck with it and started many companies in the gamification world.

Today, Gamification is high in demand, and there are many professionals seeking to learn how they can apply it to their company and to their personal lives. This is why I created the Octalysis Explorers Facebook Group, so we can all share our knowledge and grow from each other.

Step 3: watch the videos

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A close friend complained to me: “Yu-kai, I prefer to learn by watching, which is why I use Youtube to learn about science, history, and cats :P. Every Youtube video I can find about Gamification is so boring. Can you help me out here?”

Challenge accepted! I started the Octalysis Video Course as a fun hobby to express my creativity (CD3) and to share my knowledge with the world in a fun format. I had no idea that my video courses would get so popular, leading to tens of thousands of views and many consulting projects.

Bonus: read the articles

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A great portion of the knowledge and research that I have spearheaded since 2003 on Gamification has been carefully detailed in my book Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards.

Below you will find a map for articles on my blog.

Beginners start here:

Advanced Gamification: