Better to be Awesome at One Game Than Mediocre at Many

Yu-kai recently provided an update to his famous Real Life RPG series, which is a system he discovered as a student to treat life as a game.

Yu-kai’s lifestyle gamification system has evolved from Real Life RPG to the 10KHP system (10,000 Hours of Play).

This approach lets you see opportunities as part of the game of life. With this philosophy, Yu-kai was able to choose his own game and make progress within it.

The problem with society today

One problem with society is that increasingly young people don’t know what to do.

As a result, older people don’t like their jobs.

Teenagers, as they approach adulthood, end up doing what their parents want them to do. There are just too many choices.

Whereas in a game, actions are more directed and manageable. If I’m level 37, I need to plan a path toward level 38, and so on.

Progress is just a matter of choosing how to get there within the constraints of the game.

In real life, too many people don’t appreciate their jobs or like their work, and people are less happy and living for the weekend.

But don’t we make money to increase our quality of life?

Instead, we spend so much time working that our quality of life is very intertwined with our work.

How to avoid becoming an NPC

One danger in life is becoming an NPC, or a non-player character.

NPCs generally have an explicit and static function within a game.

They sell potions, weapons, or divulge information at key moments to the hero.

A lot of people are becoming NPCs, meeting a basic functionality instead of pursuing their potential.

You can tell someone is in danger of becoming an NPC when you ask, “What’s new?” and they respond:

I’m still working the same old boring job.

While NPCs are reliable and consistent, they never change locations until the plot requires it.

Meanwhile, the HERO is always going out, taking on new quests, learning and growing.

Never stagnant, rarely passive, the hero is on a journey.

Would you rather life become meaningless?

You might argue that NPCs aren’t in danger, they don’t have to worry. But I think life as an NPC is not as exciting, adventurous, or meaningful.

The first step is to pick your game.

How to be OP in an Interview (Part 2/2)

Confidence is respected. It’s important to demonstrate likeability and unique value.

In this article, we’ll continue the discussion.

What are they looking for?

Your preparation for this interview will likely involve understanding what the core aspect of the role is, and how you bring unique value.

But you also need to show how you can leverage your core strengths.

Maybe your core strength is communication, in particular in difficult situations.

Here’s how you might answer the following: Tell me about your strengths.

For example, when I was working at ABC company, I did XYZ and resolved the conflict with my coworkers in a way that preserved the relationship while also solving the issue.

How to talk about your weaknesses

Be wary of discussing perfectionism. Do you like working with perfectionists? (This will depend on the type of work.)

Generally, a question about weaknesses will not be an opportunity to score a lot of points with the interviewer.

Simply acknowledging a weakness and how you’re improving it should be fine.

Don’t be someone you’re not

When you’re asked a question, showcase examples from previous rules. Use language like “When I was in this situation…I did this.”

Remember to illustrate unique value.

Most companies aren’t hiring for someone who can simply do their job. This won’t make you stand out.

Ask questions

When it is your turn to ask questions, show that you’ve done your research.

A simple question might be: How is success measured in this role?

You might also ask about the company’s strategy based on your research.

What about culture? Asking about this shows you’re interested in the team and how life will look and feel. It shows you’re considering yourself in the role and trying to imagine how that would feel.

Say thank you (with a letter)

Within 24 hours of the interview, write a personalized letter or email to show appreciation and to make yourself memorable.

If you built relatedness, showed confidence and didn’t come across as desperate (you’re a scarce person!), then you have a great chance of making the interviewer interested in speaking with you further and giving you high marks on the interview.

How to be OP in an Interview (Part 1/2)

Increase your chances of getting the job you want through the Octalysis Framework and an understanding of the 8 Core Drives.

When you enter the building, the interview has begun. Everything from your interaction with the receptionist through to all personal interactions.

Confidence = EVERYTHING – 1

Someone is meeting you for the first time. You need to communicate how they should feel about you.

If you demonstrate a lack of confidence through what you say, how you say it, or your body language, you

No matter what your objective level is, with confidence overlaying it, you will come across as better.

Try going to the restroom and using some power poses. Spread out and let yourself breathe in the power.

Interacting with the Interviewer: Use the Mirror Technique

Mirroring lets you demonstrate value to your conversation partner. This shows that you are paying attention to their emotional approach and also have the ability to match it.

If the interviewer is strong or tough, you should stand up for yourself.

On the other side of this spectrum, a softer interviewer may not respond well toughness.

You have an opportunity to create Core Drive 5: Social Influence & Relatedness here.

Create Unique Value & Likeability

Most people would argue that creating unique value trumps likeability. But this may not be true.

It may be more important to be likable.

If you manage to create positive feelings with others in every interaction, that is a huge bonus. No one generally wants to work with people they can’t see themselves hanging out with.

Demonstrating your unique value is key.

Likeability could be the most important, but demonstrating unique value is critical too.

You aren’t just like everyone else. How are you different? How are you providing unique value? What is your signature?

Tell Me About Yourself

Don’t expect your interviewer to have done his homework.

Share a brief aspect of your history and why you’re there (to apply for a position at their company), and keep it short!

This allows the conversation to unfold after your elevator pitch.

See you in part 2!

How to Create an Overpowered Resume (Part 2/3)

Here’s part 2 of 3. To get part 3, join Octalysis Prime.

To review, here’s the last post, How to Create an Overpowered Resume, Part 1/3.

Share your Results (and How you did it)

How can you make your accomplishments resonate emotionally?

One way is to provide specificity.

I quickly resolved several hundred complaints in a high-stress environment using analytical skills and software with a 99% rating by customers I helped.

Here, your audience, the resume reviewer, can clearly see the results, and how you did it.

(This is stronger than simply sharing what your job is, and the results.)

The example above demonstrates difficulty, impact, scope, and suggests a certain skillset put to use to solve a problem.

Demonstrate your Behaviors

Sometimes a bullet point will take a highlight from an experience and illustrate how it is unique.

Most people I talk to have quite plain resumes. They aren’t so interesting to read. How can we fix this?

Can you focus on impact?

This is a good thought, but be careful.

Highlighting too lofty of impact can feel a little awkward if it isn’t supported by your other bullet points. However, it is a useful way to generate stories.

Okay, that wraps up what I think about specific bullet points.

How to Structure Your Resume

If you’re recently graduated, you may start with your education. After you’ve held a few jobs, you may move it down.

Adjust your structure based on relevance.

The first thing you put in your work experience should be the most impressive thing you’ve ever done.

If the recruiter or resume reviewer only reads the first bullet point, they should be immediately interested in speaking with you.

In situations where the reviewer is scanning dozens or even hundreds of resumes, this single bullet point will help you stand out and keep your potential employer intrigued enough to call you in for an in-person interview.

Good luck!

To get part 3 of this series, join Octalysis Prime.

How to Create an Overpowered (OP) Resume

I love helping friends and associates improve their resumes. Here’s how.

Your resume will be sent to prospective employers. Consider that:

  • It’s your first impression.
  • It needs to get you the meeting.

I’ve helped hundreds of people optimize. Some of who are making over $100k a year. I worked with one of these people for just a couple of hours to improve it immensely. He was embarrassed by how much better it portrayed him.

Goal: Make people want to know more about you.

It is supposed to be a brochure, not a manual.

Once you’re in the interview, the resume isn’t as important as your performance in the interview itself.

One page is better than two, but two is fine if you have a TON of notable experiences.

Focus on condensing to one page.

(If something isn’t a major value add, reduce it or remove it.)

10-15 seconds (to make an impression)

Remember your audience: Recruiters. Recruiters are busy. They are paging through and reviewing MANY resumes.

You are building an image of yourself in someone else’s head.

Think about these images, then craft it.

Ask yourself: What are the best 2-3 powerful aspects about you?

Make these very clear. For help, you might consider looking into the Skill Triangle, something I developed for Octalysis Prime.

10k Hours of Play, Skill Triangle

Diminishing marginal image

Keep in mind that as you add information about a given skill, each new piece of information adds less value.

The next bullet point suggesting you are good at marketing research may not resonate as well as the first and the second. Instead, round out the resume.

For example, Could you show how are you as a team player?

I’m looking forward to sharing a template with you as well in Part 2 of this series.

In each bullet, there are four possible areas to discuss

  • What it is
  • How you did it
  • Results
  • Impact

Usually, you can cover 2/4 of these in each bullet.

As most Octalysis Prime members know, simply listing your responsibility may not be putting your best foot forward.

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Remember, for example, that all other analysts will have similar job titles.

If your role is unique, be sure to highlight that, but don’t waste too much real estate on the ‘What it is’, and spend more time on the How, the Results, and the Impact.

Ins and Outs

Another way to approach is to consider the Ins and Outs.

What did you put In? Effort, approach, resources.

What came Out of it? Results, results, results.

Consider that low In but high Out demonstrates creativity in approaching a problem.


Use past tense and stay consistent in your punctuation and grammar.

Good luck and we’ll see you in part 2!

Supercharging Employee Motivation

It has now become common knowledge that using Gamification in the workplace supercharges employee motivation significantly. We already shared some great ROIs from one of our award-winning applications earlier, here. We regularly achieve improvements in productivity and sales measurements of 60% and more. So Octalysis Gamification works. And HR (Human Resources) departments are taking notice.

More people also start to realize that Gamification can engage people in the long run. But only if it is designed well and optimized for long term motivation. The Octalysis Group prides ourselves in doing just that. We strongly believe that the way we design and develop Gamification solutions will become the norm for companies in the next 5 – 8 years. Companies that do not incorporate such design will find it harder to sell products and more difficult to attract and retain highly skilled employees.

But do people actually like to have (part of their) workplace gamified? Let’s have a look at what a new survey has found and see how your colleagues actually feel about having (more) Gamification in their professional environment.

To get the survey, read the full article by Joris Beerda on the Octalysis Group Blog.

New Octalysis Prime Theme Song

My most important project thus far

For those who have been following me, you’ll know that Octalysis Prime is my most important project thus far. I plan to share the entirety of my useful knowledge in this gamified platform.

Currently my 500 page book Actionable Gamification is only about 15% of the knowledge base. With 400 Videos and more every week on OP (About 5-10 min on average), I plan to eventually get as close to 100% as possible.

My end goal is to leave this for my two daughters Symphony and Harmony. If one day I get hit by a bus, I’ll know that everything I want to teach my children is already in this platform. So far we have hundreds of passionate members participating, learning, and upgrading their lives.

The Octalysis Prime Theme Song Launches

This week I’m most excited about the launch of our Octalysis Prime Theme Song by talented musician Melody Hwang. It turned out brilliantly and feels like a fully legitimate contemporary pop song with a game angle to it.

I first approached Melody via her Kickstarter project and asked her if she could create something similar to the One-Punch Man Theme Song. I gave her some suggested lyrics and then off she went – creating this masterpiece that is now my favorite song BY FAR.

Enjoy the song!