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Navigating The Game Of Life 🕹️

Hi friends! Somehow most of the content I have come across this week seemed to revolve around topics
Navigating The Game Of Life 🕹️
By Jamie Lim Yin Yin • Issue #20 • View online
Hi friends!
Somehow most of the content I have come across this week seemed to revolve around topics about life, so I thought to focus this week’s newsletter specifically on this theme.
Life is ever changing and unpredictable. One minute you’re happy, and then something bad happens that knocks you off cloud nine in a second. We do what we can to stay driven and motivated to achieve our goals what we think will make us happy - but it’s hard to constantly sustain that level of happiness right?
As humans, we are always adapting to situations, and us adapting to feelings of happiness / sadness is no different. This is called Hedonic adaptation.
Hedonic adaptation is the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes.
The New Normal’ (no, this is not about covid-19!) by Matt D'avella very nicely sums this theory up. He explains that we can start by understanding ourselves and looking within. Can we be content with less than what we currently have?
Even if I understand this in theory, I still have a hard time trying to put this into practice, but it’s a great start to understanding how we as humans instinctively try to deal with such matters. It starts with self-awareness.
Personally, I try to view my life as a video game - it helps the nerd in me put things into perspective, when I’m feeling down or demotivated. Let me leave you with a quote from one of my favourite books ’Level Up Your Life’ by Steve Kamb. It never fails to keep me going!
Every time we complete a quest or mission, we have to remember that it’s often the journey that produces the happiness, not just the destination. Put in nerd terms, it’s playing the game that’s fun too, not just completing it.
Navigating the game of life may be arduous, but it’s what makes us stronger, better and happier people!
Till next week!
Jamie

My Favourite Things This Week 💛
Article - Mimetic Traps by Brian Timar
If you’re not sure what you’re doing in life and feeling stuck - this is the article to check out. Ever question yourself on how you got to the point of where you are, and what you are working on in life? Brian was in his 3rd year of graduate studies and figured out that he actually hated studying physics. He felt stuck, and had fallen into the ‘Mimetic Trap’ -
If you find yourself vaguely dissatisfied with your work, unable to describe coherently why you’re doing what you’re doing — yes, you probably should [be worried about the trap].
Why does this matter?” is an excellent way to gauge if you’ve drifted into a mimetic trap. If you find this question impossible to answer honestly, you’re probably wasting your time.
Mimetic environments are a serious problem only if you fall into one where you can’t enjoy the process. They’re a tool for amplifying ambition and diligence, and it’s up to you to apply this tool to yourself wisely.
Getting out [of the trap] is the hard part — [it] requires courage and diligent planning.
Article - Reconsider Victory Conditions by Ali Abdaal
As we go through more experiences, we learn more and understand the rules on how to play the game of life. There are always other ways to get to your goal (similar to the theory of ’The Third Door’), we just have to find it. Sometimes, it also requires us to look inside ourselves and shift our own perception of what winning truly looks like to us.
Take for example - Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (the founders of Apple). Steve Jobs was the legendary man whom we all associate with the Apple brand, he was brilliant, always striving for perfection and always wanted to be the leader. Steve Wozniak, on the other hand (whom less folks know about), was simply more focused on doing what he loved best. He didn’t want a powerful position in Apple. He knew that staying as an engineer would ‘cap’ his position at Apple, but he knew it was what would make him happy.
Society tells you that success is getting the most powerful position possible,” Wozniak said. “But I asked myself: Is that what would make me happiest?
Most people do things because that’s what society tells them they should do. But if you stop and do the math—if you actually think for yourself—you’ll realize there’s a better way to do things.” “Is that why you’re so happy?” I asked. “Bingo,” Wozniak said. “I’m happy because I do what I want every day.”
Who is to say Steve Job was more successful? What does ‘winning the game’ of life look like for you? Do what makes you happy!
While this article sounds narcissistic in title, it really shows us the message of how the journey to attain your goal truly brings you the happiness you desire.
What you must do instead is realize that what you have been doing is not the problem, it’s the why. You thought that doing important or impressive work will make you happy. This was precisely wrong. It’s that being happy will help us do important and impressive work, quite possibly better and more pure work. 
To be alive, that is the accomplishment. To have your health. To have people you love. This is winning. To get to do the workthat’s the reward, not whether the work is recognized. Which is all we control anyway. 
We get back to work because the dream is the doing. The lucky break is the opportunity. It’s the process that we have always loved, it’s the joy of realizing our potential that should never get old or let us down. 
It is the only fruit that doesn’t underwhelm or spoil. 
As much as successful people keep emphasizing on this point, folks who have not gotten to that level of success can’t particularly understand. I certainly am not able to yet, but will strive to remain grateful and happy doing the work I do!
Health Tip Of The Week 🥗 💪🏽
I personally prefer heavier weights and less reps! It really makes me sweat :) I'm terrible at endurance so you rarely see me doing more than 10 reps (but I will if I have to!)
I personally prefer heavier weights and less reps! It really makes me sweat :) I'm terrible at endurance so you rarely see me doing more than 10 reps (but I will if I have to!)
Blog Post Of The Week ✍🏽
The Third Door —
Kindle Highlight Of The Week 📖
Everytime you progress further in the game of life, you'll inevitably end up stronger and have more endurance to equip you further for the challenges ahead!
Everytime you progress further in the game of life, you'll inevitably end up stronger and have more endurance to equip you further for the challenges ahead!
Photo Of The Week 📷
Meet my best friend's dog: Nacho (not Nachos - it's ONE dog. ONE Nacho!) He is incredibly flexible and love to position himself in such unglamorous positions! This fella is already 8 years old, but still acts like a puppy! 🐶 Life would be good if all I have to do was look cute :P
Meet my best friend's dog: Nacho (not Nachos - it's ONE dog. ONE Nacho!) He is incredibly flexible and love to position himself in such unglamorous positions! This fella is already 8 years old, but still acts like a puppy! 🐶 Life would be good if all I have to do was look cute :P
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Jamie Lim Yin Yin

My name is Jamie and I’m a Googler based in Singapore. I love exploring topics on productivity 📈, personal development 🌱and lifestyle design 🖌️🎨 to help millennials navigate life. Every week, I send out a newsletter with learnings I've encountered throughout the week and share them to help folks around the world lead a happy and healthier life!

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