Life is a game. And you need to play to win.
You need to be strategic about your life. Make moves that make your life better and ultimately make you a winner.
Today’s Alpha tip is Learn how to play the game better than others.
I hear and see too many people complaining about how life isn’t fair. They hate their job. They’re underpaid and over worked. People treat them with disrespect and talk to them like they’re idiots. It doesn’t have to be this way.
For everyone person that hates their life or feels mistreated or under appreciated, there is another person that is playing the game so well that they’re moving up in the world and upgrading their life.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is learn how to play the game. In all aspects of your life.
To some people that read this, they’re going to say “playing the game means be fake!” but that’s incorrect. I’m just telling you to be strategic.
So what do I mean by playing the game??
Build Relationships With the Right People
- Work: This is tricky. I think you should befriend everyone to be honest. From the lowest level to the highest possible. Why? Because people will do you favors if you need them AND you’ll be on people’s mind when its time for bonuses and promotions.
- Coaches & Mentors: Get ahead by having the right people teach and advice you. Don’t think you can go at it alone. Most successful people have mentors and coaches.
- Friends: Friends are great. But are your friends able to help you get ahead in life? Those are the types of friends you should have if you want to play this game to win.
Talking to talk is not the type of social I’m talking about. And talking only when someone asks you a question is not the type of social I’m talking about either.
What I’m saying here is smile, introduce yourself, talk to people, learn about people…because the squeaky wheel gets the oil. If you never speak up, no one is going to know you exist.
Make Lasting Impressions
Very few people try to make lasting impressions. But I’m going to recommend you do this because you never know what people will say about you, but its better for them to say good things. Plus, you want to be memorable so people don’t forget about you. One of the worst things in life is being irrelevant.
Don’t dress like shit. Dress edgy and sharp. Make a statement so people notice you. Dress like who you want to be. Don’t dress like a loser.
Network / Connect with People
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Too many people try to learn and learn and study and study, but they don’t know how to connect with people. So when the time comes to ask for help, they feel weird doing it. They don’t feel comfortable. But this is how you can really move up in the world and get a helping hand when you need it.
Get personal with people. Share your goals. Share your own connections. Help people. And they will help you. Don’t be average and think it’s not about the people you know.
Be Smart About Where You Focus Your Time
Learn how to cut your losses. Don’t waste time doing things that aren’t working and shift your attention to things that are.
Follow your real interests and passions. Don’t do things that you hate. Too many people get invested in things they hate and want to quit but can’t. Let me say it again, learn how to cut your losses so you don’t waste time.
Invest In Yourself
As I said, you need to be strategic. Play the LONG game. We all get caught up in short term gratification and short term success. But what about 3 to 5 years from now? Are you preparing for what you want to be doing a few years from now? You should.
Life doesn’t end tomorrow. Life keeps going. If there are things you want to accomplish or do, start preparing for them now. Invest in yourself now to prepare for later. I honestly believe investing in yourself is the best way to make sure you’re on top of your game and doing things that you want in the long run.
Take the Initiative / Don’t Wait for Opportunities
If you play the game right, then you’re making moves. If you play the game wrong, you’re waiting for people to tell you to make moves.
Don’t wait for opportunities to present themselves. Make them happy. Go after what you want. Find ways in the door. Keep trying. Be smart about your moves but always be moving forward. Don’t stall and don’t go backward.
If you play the game right and you play it better than others, you’re going to get ahead in life. It’s the people that think playing the game is stupid or “not right” that stay back and complain about how life is unfair. Learn to be strategic with your life and make the right moves. Play to win and you will.
Be Bold. Be Alpha.