Beware the legal-industrial copyright complex
So you're playing a game. You're playing a game when run a business. You're playing a game when you run a project. You're playing a game when you wake up in the morning and turn on the internet. The question we need to ask ourselves is, is this a game worth playing? Am I getting better at this game? Is this game helping the people around me? Am I glad I am playing this game?
So in the broad sense you could almost go as far as saying things like Twitter or Facebook are a kind of very clever game because people have a profile which they care about, and they are constantly in the business of trying to make numbers go up, trying to get more followers, trying to get more likes, trying to get more tweets or re-tweets. They are comparing themselves to other people. Again, in Twitter there’s a sort of global scoring system where you can see where you are ranked. And there are these very playful dynamics as well whereby you are free to do anything you like within the rules of the game, within the magic circle there on screen. You can switch on, you can switch off, you can like, you can unlike, you can really indulge whimsy. So that’s one thing.
The power (and the myth) of getting picked
These are obvious. They are generous. They’re effective. And almost no one puts in the effort to consistently deliver on them. It’s worth it.
No one can sprint all the time. By its nature, that’s not sprinting. But sprinting now and then is a useful way to learn that we can make an even bigger difference
The first challenge of real life is: find some goals. And the second: figure out some boundaries.
Productivity is the amount of useful output created for every hour of work we do.
If you want to understand where mastery and success come from, take a look at the inputs and the journey, not simply the outputs.