A juxtaposition of The Game of Life and real life

Hasbro’s The Game of Life requires minimal skill to play. Almost all of the critical thinking is taken out.

Spin the wheel. Pull the card. Repeat.

The most difficult decision you make is right at the beginning. You get to choose whether you want to go straight into a career path or invest in college. That decision will affect how you play the rest of the game.

Here’s the thing, real life is not that fixed. Yet, we treat it as such.

I have a car payment so I can get to work. I go to work so I can pay my car payment. Repeat.

We carry around this fixed mindset that once a decision is made, we can’t go back.

“It’s just in my nature.”

“I was born this way.”

“Life is so hard.”

And so on…

Yes. It’s true. There are things that are completely out of our control. We are born with weaknesses. We are born with certain attributes, dispositions, characters, attractions, temperaments, personalities…


We have agency. We can create systems that help us with our daily decisions that have long-term (positive) consequences.

The reality is, we can backtrack, we can push forward, we can pivot. We can take paths less traveled. We can make mistakes and learn from them.

By adopting this posture, this growth mindset, we can turn setbacks into learning experiences. That up-cycle can launch us further and farther than what we thought was possible.

Sure, the decision of going to college, investing tens of thousands into a piece of paper may be essential in the arc of the work you want to do. But keeping your hands and feet inside the vehicle, waiting for things to happen, following the instructions, isn’t going to bring you the life you deserve.