Game of life

Have you been paid to pay a game? Imagine skipping work to play a game. The past two days have been really enjoying. As part of our (MT) trainings, we had to play this proprietary real-life-simulation game (© 2006 Business Today Simulations Limited) by a consultant firm.

I learnt so much, and it helped understand life and what you want. The game which is realistic starts your life from the point you finished high school and from now you have all the options you can take to achieve the ultimate life.

The elements of successful life are fulfilling each of the following seven sectors to complete the circle of life:

– Work (career)
– Personal Possessions (home, car, investments)
– Health & Leisure (vacations, fitness)
– Culture & Community (religion, charity)
– Relationships (marriage, parents, family, relatives, friends)
– Home Lifestyle (own or rental home)
– Self Development (education, skills, experience, trainings)

In each life cycle you must try to score in each sector to complete the circle of life, and move up the sphere of life of 4 levels. You start at -1, meaning you have none of the above and have to work on them.

The game is designed in six cycle of 3-years, you can work, go to college, invest, buy assets, incur liabilities, expenses, repay loans, and income taxes. It’s all up to you, and your decisions direct your life.

At the end of each cycle you make your own balance sheet and income statement to gauge your net worth, and check whether you are moving up the sphere of life (happiness).

Success in life is measured by your net worth and the level you have attained in the sphere of life.

It took my team at least 9-years (three cycles) to grow in each sector of life and reach first level of sphere of life, albeit with imbalances. Getting a Masters degree, without work experience had us bidding for jobs of Bachelor level and gained no financial leverage in income levels. Teams who studied for a Bachelor in the first cycle, and worked in the second cycle had better paying jobs in the third cycle, and used the income to spend on the life sectors (balanced lives) but had reached their income ceilings until they gained further education. So where do you decide to take the income hit, the early, mid or late cycles? When do you decide to balance your life?

Most people tend to focus a lot on self development (learning) and work (career) at the expense of leisure, relationship, personal possessions and live an imbalance / unfulfilled life in their early cycles. There were no entrepreneurship spirit and all teams had decided to be corporate slaves (employed).

The game has time and money markers, your decisions consume your time markers, some return money (work, investments), some are cash flows (leisure, relationships, community). A perfect life is one in which you are able to spend your time and money wisely and equally between the seven sectors and grow financially.

Time and money and have inverse relationship, you need to strike the perfect harmony. You may have abundant time but no money to execute your plans or you may have lots of money but no time to spend it!

Thinking about it, I wished I had played the game before college, thinking of it, because where I am right now I played the game. Would I have been wiser than or am I wiser now?


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