I quit videogames 9 days ago – FOR GOOD

Practicing every damn day is the only way to get to mastery. Once you have mastery, you can then instruct new students – meaning the more you practice, the more value you can bring to the table. You know what, that value is going to be the measure of your success to the world around you as well. So, build a skillset, practice, and bring the value.
“Commitment isn’t measured by doing the things you want to do but doing the things you don’t want to do when you don’t want to do them. This is how you get FREEDOM – sacrifice a few years for a life!” – Grant Cardone
9 days of no gaming in, and I’ve come to the realization that I wasted YEARS of my life to that droll. I always loved the stories, the art, and the interaction – but that’s exactly the issue! You interact with something that isn’t the greatest artpiece around (the world in which we actually live) and you listen to this fake story. It traps you into something that doesn’t allow you to build a life for yourself. It doesn’t allow you to truly connect with people on a deeper level. You may have something to talk about – but that isn’t something that will raise the stakes of your life. It isn’t something that will ultimately provide a service for others. It is a distraction and doesn’t help you achieve the life you want and deserve!
I know – there’s plenty of opportunity to make money gaming and things like that on youtube. There’s plenty of opportunity on twitch to game and make a living. But is it actually a living? Are you truly EXPERIENCING life at it’s fullest? I’d wager no…
One week ago I sold my gaming consoles. It was difficult – it was risky – and ultimately it felt like I was throwing away a part of my life I had invested in… and that’s the sunk cost fallacy. I had already thrown that part of my life away. I used that time to play those games, but I didn’t use it to develop my social interactions. I didn’t use it to develop my art skills. I didn’t use it to improve my acting ability. I was not using the valuable time I have to pursue those things I so desperately want in this one go I have. I was having not because I was wanting not. I would rather have used my time to improve skills to help BUILD those worlds for people. I should have used my time to build connections with my family, and valued the time with those I’ve lost.
I’m writing this not only to get it off my chest, but also to help provide some insight for those who are on the edge of quitting. Our would has never been more abundant with opportunity – we’ve never had such a great time to be alive!
Therefore, I ask you this question: What do YOU truly want out of life? What is the ultimate vision of your life? Sit back and really think about it… will videogames help serve that vision, or will they be detrimental? The more committed you are to your vision I believe – and I mean TRULY BELIEVE – you will be able to achieve it. Videogames can be a great escape, but so can a drive to the countryside…
That’s all I got for now – time to get off this and get back to building the life I was MEANT to have!
OH – if you haven’t already, please go visit my instagram at https://www.instagram.com/donalddodge_/ This is where I post my photography and artwork.

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