Why Miles Dyson from Terminator 2 is my Role Model

(This blogpost has been updated 13 years after the original posting to become part of the manuscript of my 2nd book, “10,000 Hours of Play.” If you like this post, you’ll love my book.)

Myles Bennett Dyson is my Hero

One of my own fictional Role Models is from the popular classic movie *Terminator 2*. If you haven’t seen it, feel free to jump to the next section to avoid spoilers (it’s one of the all-time best action movies to watch despite its age), but if you have seen it, my Role Model is likely not a character you would have guessed. Most of the time, a person’s role model or hero from a movie is the main character, his/her master, or the loyal supporting character (and on occasions, the villain). But my Role Model is a seemingly unimportant side character, Director of Special Projects of Cyberdyne Systems Corporation: Miles Bennett Dyson.

You might be a bit surprised why I chose Miles Dyson as my Role Model. It’s true, in a film that is action packed with robots killing each other with epic weapons, Miles Dyson does play the role of the wimpy scientist that is powerless and humiliated. But if you looked deeper into his character, you’ll find that he is actually one of the most respectable people you may know if he were a real person.

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10K HP Step 5: Build Your Alliance (Network)

Now that we have determined the Game we are playing, what our Stats and Roles are, and the Skills we have and need to acquire, it’s time to look for Allies. Allies are generally people who are playing the same Life Game as you are (similar passion or goals), but have complementary Roles and Skills to you. They could also be people who happen to share the same Quests (Step 6) as you at any given moment.

Understanding the significance of alliances becomes crucial as we navigate the labyrinth of life’s challenges and opportunities. In the realm of personal and professional development, especially in the pursuit of the 10K HP Life, building a network of allies is not just beneficial – it’s essential. In this exploration, we’ll see how to identify, cultivate, and leverage these relationships to propel your journey forward.

Understanding the Essence of Alliances

The concept of alliances goes beyond mere networking. It’s about finding those who not only share your passion and goals but also complement your skills and roles. These allies are the co-pilots in your life game, contributing to your quests and milestones. The importance of such relationships in achieving success cannot be overstated. It’s a symbiosis where combined efforts lead to greater achievements.

Collaboration amplifies our individual capabilities. The adage “no man is an island” holds especially true in today’s interconnected world. History is replete with examples of remarkable achievements that were the result of collaborative efforts, not solitary endeavors. Being well-connected equates to being resourceful. In a web of allies, opportunities, and resources circulate more freely, often landing in the hands of those best equipped to utilize them.

The journey to the top is more fulfilling when shared with others. It’s about building relationships that enrich our personal and professional lives. Below are a variety of Allies and Ally Entities that are relevant to your 10K Life Game:

Types of Allies in the 10K HP Life Game

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$50 Charge with Chou Force International

I made this post because in the past 1-2 days, my education platform Octalysis Prime suddenly got close to a thousand new sign-ups from emails that look very similar, but they were all using unique and valid credit cards.

It seems like someone stole hundreds of credit card information and purchased premium accounts on my platform.

Since they went through the traditional routes with valid credit cards, we couldn’t block them without blocking valid customers (but we added enough friction to the process it finally stopped, hurting our true customers that want to pay). Not sure why the attackers would do this but perhaps an attack to get us removed as fraud?

Sure enough, the transactions were red flagged by our payment processor and the funds were frozen. We are still scrambling to manually refund everyone, but now even refunding is frozen by our processor for some reason.

And now I’m getting messages of people being angry that their cards are being charged and threatening to report this to their banks as fraud.

If you are someone that got charged $50 from Chou Force International

First of all, yes this is a fraudulent charge. Even though we at Chou Force did not cause it, I am sorry that you have to go through this too. First of all, please disable your Credit/Debit Card because it is obviously compromised.

Second of all, don’t worry – I will use all my power to make sure you get your money back. Once the Payment Processor (Braintree owned by PayPal) clears everything and frees the account we will refund it back.

If you are dealing with these frustrations, feel free to reach out to me directly at HitMeUp.ai/yukai

I hope this will be over soon and everyone can get their money back.

God Bless.

Using Gamification to improve the Church

Octalysis Gamification For Church

As you know, the Octalysis Framework in Gamification Design is all about making important but mundane activities more engaging.

There is nothing more important than where your soul goes for eternity. But for most people going to church feels a bit mundane and unexciting. They find all sorts of excuses to not show up, and they can’t wait when it’s over so they can get their Sunday back to do enjoyable things.

Using the Octalysis Framework of Gamification Design, you could brainstorm a variety of ideas to improve the church experience to make it more engaging.

Here are some examples:

Core Drive 1: Epic Meaning & Calling for Church

Develop a “Church Heroes” narrative where each member’s involvement in the church, from attendance to volunteering, contributes to a collective story of the church’s impact on the community. This narrative would be continually shared and updated to make each member feel they’re part of something much larger than themselves.

Core Drive 2: Development & Accomplishment for Church

Establish a “Faith Milestones” program where every church-goer is acknowledged for personal spiritual development, like understanding of scripture, involvement in charitable activities, or progress in personal virtues. This recognition could be given through simple tokens or symbolic gestures.

Core Drive 3: Empowerment of Creativity & Feedback for Church

Organize “Open Pulpit” days where regular members get the opportunity to share their spiritual experiences, learning, or original interpretations of scripture. Encourage feedback and discussion on these shared insights.

Core Drive 4: Ownership & Possession for Church

Create a “My Church Space” initiative, giving each member the responsibility for a small physical or conceptual part of the church, such as care for a specific pew, a specific hymn, or even a particular time of the day when they pledge to pray for the community.

Core Drive 5: Social Influence & Relatedness for Church

Initiate a “Faith Family” system where small groups within the church, much like an extended family, regularly meet, share, and support each other. Make this a distinctive feature of your church community.

Core Drive 6: Scarcity & Impatience for Church

Launch “Exclusive Encounters,” such as limited-attendance spiritual retreats, special guest sessions, or priority access to church resources or events that members earn through active participation.

Core Drive 7: Unpredictability & Curiosity for Church

Unpredictability & Curiosity: Introduce “Blessings in Disguise” events which are surprise community activities, guest speakers, or spiritual challenges announced spontaneously, maintaining an element of surprise and intrigue.

Core Drive 8: Loss & Avoidance for Church

Loss & Avoidance: Develop a “Keep the Faith” reminder system where members remind each other about the importance of regular participation to prevent the loss of spiritual continuity, community bonds, and individual spiritual growth.

Applying Gamification to Church

These are just some simple ideas using the Octalysis Framework for Gamification in the church setting. Of course, Church is meaningful, and it’s important to remember your spiritual journey is more important than the enjoyment of the process. Pray and rely on God often is the way to truly get things done and get to the success you need.

30 Reasons to Join Octalysis Prime (Comprehensive Gamification Education Platform)

Octalysis Prime Learning Platform

As you might know, Octalysis Prime is my most important project to share with the world my most advanced research and knowledge in Gamification and Behavioral Design – things we charge our clients $100K – $500K USD to apply to their organizations. 

It is a Gamified Library with over 1000 videos of the most advanced lessons in Game Design Techniques (Points, Badges, Leaderboards, Mystery box, Easter Eggs, Grownup Locks), 3-Hour knowledge/interviews from other experts like Richard Bartle (original inventor of virtual worlds and Creator of Bartle’s 4 Player Types), Nicole Lazzaro (creator of 4Keys2Fun), Charles Huang (Creator of Guitar Hero), and other strategies on gamifying entrepreneurship, product, education, sales/marketing, parenting, workplace motivation, and more.

It’s basically downloading my brain for the price of a gym member.

What proof do we have that Octalysis Prime works? Well, did you know that 10 out of 12 gamification consultants/designers Yu-kai’s company The Octalysis Group recruited in the past three years came out of the Octalysis Prime program?

Octalysis Group consultants literally are the best people that Yu-kai Chou put in front of his clients, including Uber, Tesla, Google, LEGO, Microsoft, Walgreens and more (charging $100K – $200K for the skills we learned from OP).

If you are interested in actually building a career in Gamification/Behavioral Design, or with Gamification/Behavioral Design, or you just want to make sure you have resilience for the upcoming turbulent 2023 economy, then I would HIGHLY recommend you to talk up this offer.

To make it more compelling why you should double down on transforming your life with Octalysis Knowledge, here I will present you 30 reasons to join OP powered by the 8 Core Drives of the Octalysis Framework!

Core Drive 1: Epic Meaning & Calling

  • The world is struggling right now and needs you to become OP (overpowered).
  • Imagine what it would be like to create true change in the world and yours.
  • Begin your Heroes Journey today!


Core Drive 2: Development & Accomplishment

  • Have you felt stuck in the same place for a long time now? Is it time to upgrade yourself yet?
  • Learn 20 years of world class knowledge in a game from me in a gamified platform and make 2023 your biggest win.
  • Download my brain, level up your input, and watch your output transform your life!


Core Drive 3: Empower of Creativity & Feedback

  • The world is becoming more and more chaotic – just like the beginning of any hero’s journey! 
  • Plan your own personal build strategy in OP, make the world your canvas, and express yourself fully in this world of chaos.
  • Imagine yourself 5 years from now. Do you like what you see? What if you imagine yourself learning all the knowledge, skill, and connections from Octalysis Prime. Would that be worth pursuing?


Core Drive 4: Ownership & Possession

  • When you get yourself to tiptop form, money is easy. You’ve already spent years accumulating valuable skills. You just need that last 10% to monetize it to the fullest. 
  • Some of the knowledge I’m sharing on OP (like certain key principles in Behavioral Economics) singlehandedly helped me make $200K more, either because it helped secure a large client project, or was the key component that solved another challenging client project.
  • Money is a reflection of your skill growth and diligent no-procrastination work ethic, plus a bit of luck. Octalysis Prime can help you with the first, you have to pick up the second (or with a bit of gamifying), and we can only pray for the third.
  • If you are going to invest in ANYTHING in this volatile bear market, invest in yourself!


Core Drive 5: Social Influence & Relatedness

  • We are social animals that NEED respect from those around us. Gain respect by becoming the best you.
  • Gain appreciation from peers, family, and loved ones, by understanding how the social brain works.
  • Connect with a passionate community of innovators, educators, entrepreneurs, thinkers, storytellers just like you with the OP Slack Community.
  • No longer be the only crazy one in your community. Join the 19,071 Octalysis Prime Members and finally feel understood!
  • Observe social proof of all the OP Members who share their wins about becoming better teachers, raised millions of dollars, got recognized by their CEO, improved their company culture and product, and found their dream jobs.


Core Drive 6: Scarcity & Impatience 

  • We only do these type of promotions 1-2 times a year, some make sure you don’t let the opportunity slip!
  • Every year you don’t upgrade yourself, you are letting valuable opportunities slip as life snowballs into compounding success. The earlier you start, the more exponential rewards you get..
  • You can wait for my next public workshops that costs $500-$1000/person, or you could get OP now for $250/yr and get everything I have done including a one-month Masterclass on Gamification & Behavioral Design (we sold it for $1000/person in 2020).
  • 3 Days Left to take advantage of this offer 😉


Core Drive 7: Unpredictability & Curiosity

  • Check out the world’s most impactful game – a game that helps you learn and apply behavioral science, gamification, parenting, entrepreneurship, fundraising, management, public speaking, and many more! 
  • If you are curious about how Yu-kai Chou, regularly rated Number 1 Gamification Guru in the world, designs and creates his own gamified educational journey, then you should definitely become a member of Octalysis Prime!
  • Our DAU/MAU (Daily Active User divided by Monthly Active User) is above 30%. Curious about why so many people are coming back to OP on a DAILY Basis?


Core Drive 8: Loss & Avoidance

  • Feeling stuck? More knowledge can get you unstuck.
  • Feeling worried? More emotional mastery could get you out of worrying.
  • Feeling anxious? A changing world offers more opportunities to leap ahead.
  • Feeling excited? Become OP and the world is your oyster!
  • The changing world and economy might collapse on us soon. Are you fully prepared to tackle all that is coming and surf it like a wave?

See you in Octalysis Prime!

Learn from an Octalysis Prime Member who made $33M


Ramping up Partnerships for Joint Success on our Earth Server

In the content in my upcoming second book: 10,000 Hours of Play (10K HP), I divide life’s journey into 6 Actionable Steps to level up and live a fulfilling life. (My first book Actionable Gamification sold over 100K copies)

Within 10K HP, Steps 5 is to Build Your Alliance, which is to establish allies and partnerships that further your journey towards the Game of Life. 

That’s what I’m working on these days.

For my education platform Octalysis Prime and my Web3 project Metablox, I’m looking to establish and scale up new partnerships.

Joint Utility, Access, and Promotions

For instance, I’m starting a monthly Yu-kai Chou Web3nar where I talk about the latest trends in Web3, Tokenomics, Metaverse, Gamification, and more.

The next Yu-kai Chou Web3nar will be on the Starbucks Web3 Loyalty Program (Odyssey) – evaluation of their experience and flaws in their designs.

It will cost $500 to attend. However, if you are an OP Member ($50/mo), or own one of our Metablox NFTs ($100-$750), you can attend the Yu-kai Chou Web3nar every month without paying.

If you own a project (Web3 or not) and would like to partner up with my endeavors, whether it’s giving your members access to my monthly Web3nar, discounts on OP or Metablox, or joint promotional opportunities, feel free to reach out to me (reply to this email). 

I’m also happy to explore being on your Podcast, Twitter Spaces, or doing a speech/workshop for your group if you are interested. 

Of course, I won’t be able to partner with everyone who reaches out for obvious reasons, but in life there’s no harm to try (and try again).

An amazing free Webinar and PDF Guide by an Octalysis Prime Member/Partner

Speaking of Partnerships, one knowledge/promotional Partnership I am proud to share about is with Xperiencify.

The Xperiencify Founders have been members in the Octalysis Prime Community for a long time, and due to their success, I interviewed them as part of our OP curriculum. I also became an Advisor for them.

What’s mind-blowing is that they were able to apply the Octalysis Framework into creating online courses (among other skills), and amazingly sold over $33 Million in revenue for 11,529 students and counting!

Since I admire their masterful skills and am happy to see Octalysis being applied to their success, I wanted to share their secrets on creating wildly profitable online courses to you.

The first is a free PDF guide called The Dopamine Button.

Dopamine Button
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Problem: I got scammed on Twitter but Twitter won’t allow me to report it

I debated for a long time whether I should write this blogpost – because as a reputable known person, it’s extremely embarrassing. I had a lapse in intelligence and suffered humiliation and financial loss because of it.

However, I decided to write this because that’s how the Twitter Scammers get their way – people are too embarrassed to call them out so they keep scamming.

I wanted people who follow my work to avoid making idiotic mistakes that I make and prevent this terrible experience that I went through. So here you go:

Here’s the story of how I got scammed for the first time in my life (after fending off dozens of scammers), and the heartbreaking fact that Twitter wouldn’t even allow me to report the scammer (and hence, the scammer is still out there scamming people before my eyes).

Specifically, I got scammed by a person pretending to be a reputable YouTuber on Twitter and lost $400 as I pulled the plug right before losing more.

This post about the Twitter Scammer is broken into three sections:

  1. How I got scammed
  2. Why I couldn’t report this on Twitter
  3. Some lessons to avoid being scammed in the future

The pandemic of Twitter Scammers

Twitter scams are quite common. The fact that people can change their Twitter Handles and IDs very easily – while useful – also leads to scammers constantly changing their identities while having an account that seems to be long lasting and credible.

There’s also a ton of bots on Twitter, which allows fake profiles to look like they have a lot of followers. This is the reason why Elon Musk recently withdrew from his offer to buy Twitter.

But the craziest thing is, after an hour of trying, there is no valid way to report a scammer on Twitter (only other things), until I finally gave up.

Without anything else I could do while knowing that this Twitter Scammer is scamming other people constantly even right now, I decided to write this blogpost.

How I dodged a Blue Check Twitter Scammer

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