I own an Xbox One and a Playstation 4.

They’re the most expensive paper weights I own.

Now, I used to be a gamer.

I loved games like Madden, the WWE wrestling games and I was a huge fan of the Batman Arkham series.

But, I’ve given them up and so should you.

Does that bother you? Do you disagree?

Let me further explain.

A good friend of mine has been a die hard gamer for most of his life.

He spends HOURS playing certain games because the creators designed them to take so much time to achieve certain “perks.”

He’s had the same job for the past 9 years and he’s maxed out on what he can accomplish at that job.

He’s paid well only due to time spent with the company.

He’s miserable while working, but he’s “happy” when he comes home and can unwind with some recreational drugs and video games.

I remember being over at his apartment one day when he asked if he could show me what he had been working on.

I was excited, I was intrigued to see if he had been creating something.

I was hoping that he had finally taken some time to express what was going on inside his mind. He owns a couple guitars, maybe he had written a song?

I was disappointed immediately when he turned on his gaming system.

He proceeded to show me the house that he built, the furniture he put inside the house and the crops he was growing outside of that house.

In a game.

He told me had to spend a certain amount of hours playing the game to get a dresser for his room.

A dresser.

I made the comment that I’d rather work the same amount of hours and have a REAL house, with REAL furniture and REAL crops. He ignored this comment and continued on in his “quest.”

Is this you too?

If it is, it’s time to make a change.

All the time you spend playing video games, or browsing YouTube and Facebook is NOT GETTING YOU ANYWHERE.

I spent 8 years of my life, browsing Facebook, playing games and it was groundhog day every damn day of my life.

I was miserable and didn’t understand why.

I felt fulfilled while playing the games, but as soon as that system turned off, my life was still as unhappy as I was before I turned it on.

I finally decided I’d had enough and it was time to make a change.

I’ve been happier ever since. I’ve saved money. I’ve accomplished more.

You can too.

The first step you need to take is to decide that you want more from life.

You need to decide that enough is enough.

Decide that you’re going to be proud of your life.

That your wife, or future wife, husband or future husband, kids, and friends will be proud to be a part of your life.

It’s all on you. Your decisions will make or break how your life turns out.

Imagine how “proud” my friend’s mom is that he’s spending more time building a successful life in a game, rather than in his actual life.

She can’t tell her friends “My son is very successful. In his game he has the one of the best houses in the entire city, he’s making VC selling his crops and he’s just met the nicest half-human girl!”

They would look at her like she was NUTS! And she would be!

None of it means anything.

Plus, games and game consoles are expensive.

400-500$ for the system.

60$ per game.

It’s ridiculous.

Think about this…

How much money are the creators being paid to make those games? Probably a good lump sum, and then a percentage of the profits from the games sold.

Now think about this…

How much are YOU being paid to play those games?

Decide today you will NOT waste any more time.

Decide today that you will be something in life.

Something that you can say with pride.

Step one is to decide.

Step two?

Stay tuned…

 

Entertain. Educate. Motivate.

-JD

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