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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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Happy Birthday 99Celcius turns two

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dearest blog
Happy birthday to you

July 01, 2007: Turns two
July 01, 2006: Celebrates numero uno
July 01, 2005: Birth
June 06, 2005: Conceived (as

In its third year and running successfully in a browser near you.

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Application for Spouse 1.0 now being accepted

Our client is a dashing eligible bachelor and is now accepting application for the above mentioned vacancy.

Minimum requirements
The candidate:
• Should not exceed 25 years of age as of Sept 30, 2007
• Must posses a Bachelors degree in any discipline, Masters would be an added advantage
• Must weigh between 50 – 60 Kg and have a height between 5” 6 – 5” 10
• Knowledge of cuisine formulation is mandatory, household economic would be an added advantage
• Must give a list of all projects undertaken (incl. boy friends name, address, duration, and reason for leaving)
• Should be able to think out of the box
• Should posses excellent communication skills (and ignore petty issues)
• Should be a team player (be able to handle parents, siblings, cousins, neighbours……)
• Should have exemplary monetary and budgeting skills
• Should be able to work under extreme pressure for long hours if necessary to bring peace and harmony in the family

As this is an entry level position, candidates with prior experience shall not be accepted. Contract duration is lifetime with no probationary period.

The right candidate will be provided with abundance of love and happiness, extensive domestic travel, annual return tickets to your pre-marital home, and time to time overseas assignments as need arises.

If you meet the above requirements apply in confidence with a recent passport sized photograph

Ed’s note: 99Celcius is an Equal Opportunity match-maker. 😉

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What’s Your True Color?

Take this test at Tickle

Your true color is Green!

What’s Your True Color?
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Shayan, your true color is Green!

You are green, the color of growth and vigor. Good-hearted and giving, you have a knack for finding and bringing out the best in people. Green is the most down-to-earth color in the spectrum reliable and trustworthy. People know they can count on you to be around in times of need, since your concern for people is genuine and sincere. You take pride in being a good friend. For you, success is measured in terms of personal achievement and growth, not by status or position. Rare as emeralds, greens are wonderful, natural people. It truly is your color!

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My apologies but then not!

Some time between Jan 06 – 16 this year 99Celcius was done without clue; apparently the MySQL DB of 99Celcius was deleted!

My Host denies any wrong doings and pointed a finger to Hacktism….and neither did they have regular backups nor did I!

So it finally boiled down to some 6-months and significant amount of posts and pics that have been lost forever, hard work down the drain.

As any true blogger will tell yah, that blogging is a passion and one’s blog is a passionate affair.

For all you readers out there who visited 99Celcius would have understood the intimate relation I had with my blog.

So as painful as it is, I have come to accept the harsh reality of the past, and once again restart my affair with candid hope.

Lessons learnt:

– Never rely on your host
– Never blame your host (waste of time, words and resources)
– Always carry out your own backups