I’ve had some decent successes in my life in a variety of tasks/hobbies/work that I do.
The three things that can get you to do something well:
Also, for preparation work, you need to
1) Always be self-reflecting
2) Always be strategizing (or optimizing)
3) Always be learning from people who do it better
If you master these things, this can help you SIGNIFICANTLY boost your level at anything you do, from playing games, consulting on gamification, doing a hobby, personal skills, to even getting girls 😛
I used to suck at almost everything I do until I figured some of this out. Now I’m good at a lot of things (not everything), or at least I quickly get good at the things I’m serious about. It’s not really about being smart, but it’s about mastering a system. The key is “Doing it well” so the way you do it is more important than your intelligence.
Hope this helps and more tips will be awesome in the comment section!
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40 thoughts on “How to Master almost Anything in Life through Gamification”
14 yrs later and printers still give me fits at times. 😛
Haha, how much did you drink for that?
Great Yu Kai, keep up the good work!
Post#6: When content remains relevant up to 5 years later, there is certainly a treasure chest of value. Three Cheers to the next 5 years. Lovely to be here.
“…because if it was real money right now I wouln’t….nah…I would still do video blog posts, because I love you guys…” That one made me smile 😉 Keep up your great vblog Yu-Kai!
Yu-kai Chou Definitely 🙂 We are on track 😉
RomanRackwitz Haha, just saw this comment. Our “last” conversation become so much more since Feb 3! Good to be working with you brotha!
xelar92 Haha, thanks! Hope you keep playing too!
I really like your site. I found some really interesting and cool stuff and now I’m trying to modify my own life by some of your advices to improve (maybe I will try to get in touch with you for some help if I get stuck:) Anyway thanks and keep playing/gaming! 🙂
“It’s not really about being smart, but it’s about mastering a system. The key is “Doing it well” so the way you do it is more important than your intelligence.” …and thinking about our last conversation again it’s about ‘learning’ (mastering) and meaning (…more important than your intelligence) 😉
Thanks – your work is inspiring Roman! 🙂
I stumbled upon your site…
I am glad i did.
You just won another follower…
I really like how you crystalised everything by bringing all 6 concepts together…Then all of a sudden the light came right on…seriously.
Great summary mate!!!
Appreciate your comments 🙂
Ya, I understand that verified check-in is important. But I think we cannot ignore the fact that the product is directly competing against “facebook deals”. I think the “checkin” space is getting pretty hot now, and you will see tons of competition swamping into the space in a very short timeframe.
I think your team is very talented, will follow your story in this blog. Very best to you.
Thanks for the encouragement. It’s not a easy battle but we’re up for the challenge 😀
Your new startup rewardmeapp.com sounds promising and have a quite solid revenue model. However, I was also wondering, how are you going to compete with “facebook places” and also what if “foursquare” put in the same features as your app.
You actually are paying attention to what I’m doing 🙂
Our key is that we provide hardware that 100% gaurantees a verified check-in 😀
I think you should definitely do a season 2 for the show. The show is truely unique as I have never watched anything like this before in YouTube. Probably some TV channels will soon copy the idea
Hahaha, they already have 🙂
All of you are very inspiring. Also found out about the video “Living a startup life”. Had been watching all the episodes, should be on TV reality show.
Hahaha, that was a fun project! It was like 2 years ago though. It took a lot of time and had less ROI so we didn’t continue it 🙁
We want to though.
Thanks for your encouragement. It’s been rough doing startups again and again, but as you said, I’m very lucky to have a great team of people who are persistent with me to change the world. Also, for every startup that didn’t pan out, we manage to push the envelope further on the next one. One day we will succeed 🙂
I also admire your courage and determination to overcome all the barriers and work on one startup after the other. And you are indeed super lucky to have a great team together, its very difficult to find talented people and also those that you can trust to be in your team.
Love the video, Yu-kai. Great message. Suddenly, I’m thirsty.
It’s been a while since we talked. How’s life?
This is your best vlog yet…
I might watch it twice. I think a star is born..
lol. I’m refining my skills to make more interesting videos. Trying to do the FD thing again – combining fun and productivity!
Wow, I actually watched the whole video. Miss you guys! Water rules. Working out helps, too. Good to see you are still having FUN! Maybe you should add that to your list. Rock on!
Haha, is this Simon Ko? We all miss you a lot too! What are you up to these days?
This is the first video I’ve seen of you… Pretty fun, and a lot of valuable tips! 🙂
I am currently trying to master the 3 C’s myself! concentration is my weakness!
love the ending! – > “water is still the best”
keep it up 🙂
Haha, thanks a lot! I’ve been experimenting with some video blogging ideas, and I’m glad it was entertaining 🙂
Hope all is well!
Awesome video Yu-Kai.
Yeah, i agree with your points. if you want to be good at what you do you must learn how to strategize! to be a strategist is not a sin. Also working with people who are smarter than you will help you break new grounds. Keep up the good work bro! Have fun….
PS: Hope you get my mail?? Thanks a lot.
Thanks for the kind message. I got your email but I’m usually a bit slow on those, so bare with me 😛
Hope all is well with you!
LOL.. how do you mean bro???
Oh, I’m just slow with emails because I have so many.
Really enjoyed your video, this one was more fun. I normally watch all the videos you posted. But it also kept me wondering, what will happen to viralogy.com now that you all have switched focus to rewardme.
Thanks for being so kind to watch all the things I throw out 🙂 It’s people like you that motivate me to post more even though I’m always behind my company to-do items 🙁
RewardMe is under the company Viralogy Inc. We are keeping our existing service but we won’t aggressively be pushing it out anymore but will mostly take inbound customers.