It has been about a year now since I decided to break out of the month-to-month trap. In that time, I’ve started a business, and begun a partnership in another business venture. It has taken all of my attention, effort, and passion to make these things happen.
Several years from now, no matter how you spend the next several years, there will be many, many things you wish you had accomplished between now and then. Playing WoW is an obvious way to make sure you don’t accomplish things that you’ll one day wish you had. It’s a regret factory.
“It is a regret factory”, what a great turn of phrase.
I have friends who play, and I have had a similar addiction in the past. I used to play Ultima Online, and vividly remember how much of my life was quite literally wasted amassing enough gold to buy an in-game house. Then I went on vacation, didn’t login for a while, and my house disappeared. Poof. In one instant, I didn’t even have the thin enjoyment of a pretend house to show for my months of effort.
Contrast that event with what I’ve received from a similar dedication to business. In the last few months, I’ve made several thousand dollars from clients. I’ve made contacts with interesting people who I can help and who will be able to help me in the future. I’ve learned so much about marketing myself, commitment to myself, and believing in myself.
The wonderful thing about all that is that nothing can take those accomplishments away. Yes, I could spend the money. But all the learning doesn’t go away. The contacts wouldn’t fade if I went on vacation for a couple weeks. It is additive, and positive.
Even more interesting, and totally from-the-heart-true is the fact that it is thrilling. Actually, it is just as thrilling, only in a more deep-down way, as the rush from beating a boss in a video game. Landing a client feels simply amazing. Getting that multi-thousand dollar check feels unbelievable.
My point here is not to try to talk people out of playing games. That’s foolish, and would never happen. What I’m trying to convince you to do is to take a long hard look at what is obsessing you. Is it building to the future? Or will it all evaporate the moment you stop paying attention to it?
If it is the latter, maybe you should reconsider your passions.
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