Life Lessons from Candy Crush
I am slightly addicted to the game Candy Crush. I’m sure my husband is rolling his eyes right now at my gross misuse of the word “slightly.” Okay, I probably play it far too often, but the more I play, the more I realize the game can actually teach us a lot about how to live life and be successful. Don’t believe me? Read on
Know your goal. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started a level, doing everything I can to bust up all the blockers in my way, when halfway through the level I realize that the goal is to create 50 striped candies, and I’ve missed many opportunities to create striped candies because I was concentrating so much on getting rid of the blockers. I can relate this to so many areas of my life.
Often I will be filling out a form or spreadsheet, concentrating so much on what I’m supposed to be putting in each spot that I don’t think about the actual purpose of the form and what it is supposed to accomplish. It could be that there is a better way to accomplish the goal, but I missed it because I was just following along with how I thought was supposed to be. You could also get existential with it and apply the lesson to your life as a whole. If you don’t decide what your purpose is in life, then you’re just walking around like a lemming every day: go to work, come home, eat, sleep, repeat. If you know what you want to accomplish in life, you can work towards that and get a little closer each day.
Take your time to ensure you’re making the right move. There is no undo button in Candy Crush or in life. Far too often, right after I’ve just made a move in Candy Crush, I’ll notice one that would have been much better, but it’s too late. If I would have just taken a few seconds to analyze the game board first, I would have ended up with a better result. Taking a little extra time on things usually saves you in the long run, whether it’s reading the entire instructions before you begin so you’re aware of the intricacies, planning out a room before you redecorate to ensure it’s cohesive and you’re within budget, or re-reading that email or text message before you hit send, more often than not you’ll thank yourself for pausing a bit before making a move.
Use your resources wisely. When I first started playing Candy Crush, I didn’t really understand how the boosters worked, but now they’re some of my favorite tools and I’ve developed strategies and figured out which ones work best on which types of levels. But I also have to be careful and strategic about when I use them, or I would quickly run out and have to wait until I earned more. All resources are finite, so we need to figure out the best way to use them to most efficiently accomplish our goals.
Time and money are the resources that come to mind first. If I waste a day on a Netflix binge, that’s a lot of time I could have spent working toward the goals in my life (though a good Netflix binge now and then can definitely be therapeutic, am I right?). And no matter how much I love designer clothes and shoes, if I spend all my money on those I wouldn’t be able to do things like travel or save for retirement as much as I want.
Another resource that is vital to us all is other people, friends, family, coworkers, etc., and those resources are often underutilized. How often has a friend told you to let them know what they can do to help, and we never call because we don’t want to be an imposition? Or spent a long time working on a problem that a co-worker has probably already solved but we didn’t want to seem stupid? On the other hand, if we use people too much, and aren’t respectful of their time and resources, they may not be there when we really need them.
It’s not just about saving or hoarding resources, it’s using them when they will have the biggest impact to help you accomplish your goals. Unused resources are just as bad as not having the resources in the first place.
I could seriously write ten blog posts about Candy Crush. That’s a good idea, maybe I should make this a series so when my husband complains about me playing, I can tell him it’s research for the blog!
Is anyone else addicted to Candy Crush, or any other games or apps? Are there any life lessons you have learned from them?