You will face unexpected challenges and long periods of frustration. Yes, Life is hard, as the saying goes. But fear not, this short guide is designed to help you complete your missions and complete the game at the highest possible level.
The goal of Life is simple: Each Level in life presents a particular challenge that you must overcome. Once you overcome that challenge, you get to move on to the next Level.
The goal is to complete as many levels as possible. At the end of the game, the person at the highest level gets to have the best funeral. There are five levels in life: This is a prerequisite for just about everything else. None of these things are cool. Level 2 requires that you find a secure and stable home to base yourself out of.
Getting past Level 2 requires finding a way to successfully remove yourself from these dangerous situations. Level 3 means relationships, finding the right people to love and the right people who love you. This sounds way easier and more fun than it is. Level 4 means building up some skill or knowledge or ability that adds value to the world around you and also makes you feel like kind of a badass in the process.
Good luck with that champ. Most of us get a nice head start due to our parents. If you were raised by wolves, a congratulations on figuring out how to read, and b please refrain from chewing on your mobile device.
But because most people have trouble conceptualizing Life, they therefore assume that they have no control over Life. But nothing could be further from the truth. It is guided by a few basic principles that are designed to give the player an experience of a large amount of randomness. Life is designed to continually throw difficult and unexpected problems at you. If at any point, Life runs out of problems to give us, then as players, we will unconsciously invent problems for ourselves.
Problems are what keep us occupied and give our lives meaning and are, therefore, necessary to conquer Levels 4 and 5 give value and leave a legacy. As players, we spend most of our time preparing ourselves for problems that are expected. But it is because of this preparation that, by definition, the most difficult problems we experience in Life will be unexpected. This steady barrage of unexpected problems gives the player a sense that she lacks control over her own Life, when in fact, the purpose of Life is not to control what happens to you, but rather control and choose higher level reactions to what happens to you.
Players may respond to problems with either Solutions or Distractions. All players must meet problems with a reaction even choosing not to react to a problem, is itself, a reaction. All reactions can be divided up in two ways: Solutions are actions and pursuits that resolve a problem preventing it from continuing or happening again in the future.
If a Player feels they understand a problem and are capable of handling it, they will pursue a Solution. The more each Solution or Distraction is used, the easier and more automatic it will be in the future. The more often you use a Solution or Distraction, the easier it will be to use again, to the point where it will eventually become unconscious and automatic. Once a Solution or Distraction is unconscious and automatic, it becomes a Habit. Solutions move us towards the next Level, Distractions keep us on the same Level.
Since gaining Levels in Life requires solving problems, distracting ourselves from our problems guarantees that we will become stuck on the same Level. If our Distractions become Habits, then we will become perpetually stuck at a level and not even be conscious of it. The formula for winning at the game of Life is therefore actually incredibly simple: The more often I choose a Solution, the more it will make choosing subsequent Solutions easier, thus leading to an eventual Level Up.
The more often I choose Distraction, the more it will make choosing subsequent Distractions easier, thus making me a deadbeat with a weird sex fetish. One final note before I teach you how to totally cheat life and get a giant pyramid built for you when you die: We all need to be safe to accomplish anything Level 2.
Relationships take work Level 3 , yadda, yadda. So think of Leveling Up as not necessarily going from juggling baseballs to juggling knives. Rather, Leveling Up is like going from juggling three knives to four, then five, and so on. Below are the five cheat codes to help you navigate your way through Life and reach the end fully satisfied and Leveled-Up.
Entering these cheat codes is easy: These cheats, like Solutions and Distractions, also require repetition to work. So be patient with them.
They will also eventually become their own Habits. You can always do something about the problems Life gives you. And if you limit your responses to Distractions enough, pretty soon you will build a Life that is made up of nothing but Habits of Distractions. Since the people around you and your relationships benefit from Solutions and Distractions generally isolate you from others, constantly pursuing Distractions will likely make you into someone no one else wants to really hang around with — unless, that is, they pursue the same Distractions that you do.
You know, two peas in a crack-pipe and all that. Cheat 1 is so important, I dedicated an entire chapter in my book to it. Separating Solutions from Distractions in your life is surprisingly difficult and complicated.
This is because we have a tendency to lie to ourselves about our Distractions. We tell ourselves that we need our Distractions. We tell ourselves that our Distractions are just innocent fun.
That we totally have them under control, and yeah, maybe I woke up under a bridge in my own vomit, but at least I remembered where I parked the car. See, I am responsible. But worst of all, sometimes we come to believe that our Distraction is actually a Solution.
We think that spending 12 hours a day at the office will give us the loving family we want, that playing violin in the park for spare change is a career waiting to happen. As such, we all need to develop an ability to o bserve our own thoughts.
Only then can you hear how utterly ridiculous they sound. One common way to do this is to write down your thoughts regularly. This can be a journal, a blog how do you think all this stuff started, anyway? The important part is that you are actively digging into the problems in your life and looking at your behavior from a third-person perspective. Like, I know it sounds amazing when you decide to deal with your Mommy issues by popping pills and sleeping with a series of emotionally needy women just so you can take pleasure in telling them to fuck off later.
That might feel like a good idea. But write it down. Then see what a fuckface you are. Therapy also works in this regard. You go sit on a couch and say a bunch of things to this person who sits there and pretends to care.
Then that person says your thoughts back to you, just in a different way. Favorite pizza restaurant ran out of pepperoncini? Take a deep breath… and then hold it in… forever, because you need to shut the fuck up. Complaining takes a problem and then prolongs it. People complain not because something sucks.
Unfortunately, complaining is maybe the least useful way to connect with other human beings. I was like years-old at the time, and thus, spent most of my waking hours fantasizing about either a hot girls, b rocking out on guitar in front of a bunch of hot girls, or c throwing really cool parties that would be full of really hot girls. I resisted the notion the way a cat resists a bath. But then I got older , eventually got over the whole obsession-with-hot-girls thing that I think is a requirement for any man seeking even the appearance of maturity, and realized that Ms.
Zen master yes, it was a woman was right all along. The human imagination is a powerful thing. But when applied to ourselves, the imagination can become another form of Distraction. It can be a way of avoiding what is real and true for us in the moment, a way to live vicariously through the images and ideas fed to us by others.
Most recurring fantasies we have about ourselves are reactions to our insecurities. Fantasies are like any other Distraction — they are to be used sparingly and for nothing other than pure enjoyment. We therefore rely on our parents to help us find Solutions. But the more our parents fail to find Solutions, the more Distractions we must create for ourselves notice how much children fantasize?
Once adults, we will forget that our Distractions were merely reactions to problems, and we will come to believe that there is something inherently flawed or wrong about us and we must hide it from other people at all costs. And so, we hide these things about ourselves, and to hide them, we must distract ourselves even further, and it just creates this downward spiral of Distraction and shame. The only way to cure the darkest parts of yourself is to shine light on them. Good luck Player One.
Remember, the game of Life is designed to be complex and confusing. The difficulty is not winning, but knowing what winning itself means.