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10,000 Hours of Play

The Master Guide to a Playful, Purposeful Life

About the Book

Experience a groundbreaking exploration of self-development from Yu-kai Chou, the acclaimed pioneer of the gamified approach to life. In "10,000 Hours of Play - Mastering a Playful, Purposeful Life" Chou masterfully weaves captivating anecdotes with potent insights, offering a fresh perspective on personal growth.

In this essential guide, Chou invites readers to view life as an exhilarating game, awaiting mastery. He unlocks a pathway of profound self-discovery by unfolding life's complexities into game-like scenarios. This innovative methodology revolutionizes the approach to personal and professional development by combining the allure of gaming with the pursuit of self-actualization.

Chou introduces the "10,000 Hours of Play" methodology, a meticulously structured six-step program, designed to guide you towards your life objectives:

  1. Choose Your Game (Mission): Discern your life’s purpose and path.
  2. Identify Your Attributes (Talents): Acknowledge your inherent strengths and unique capabilities.
  3. Select Your Role (Specialty): Determine your unique role in the game of life.
  4. Enhance Your Skills (Craft): Level up by honing essential skills.
  5. Build Your Alliances (Network): Cultivate a network of beneficial relationships.
  6. Achieve Your Quests (Milestones): Meet challenges head-on as opportunities for personal growth.

Drawing from a variety of transformative journeys, from influential icons to unsung heroes, Chou doesn’t just recount their stories but also equips you with practical tools to navigate your own quests. The immersive gaming framework offered in this book encourages readers to reframe their worldview, identify their unique attributes, and strategize for success.

"10,000 Hours of Play - Master your Game of Life" by Yu-kai Chou is an indispensable companion for anyone embarking on the path of personal and professional development. This book is more than just a guide; it's an invitation to engage in a life-long quest for mastery and fulfillment. Your transformative journey begins here. Are you ready to play?

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Yu-kai Chou
Yu-kai Chou

Yu-kai Chou is an Author and International Keynote Speaker on Gamification and Behavioral Design. He is the Founding Partner and Chief Creation Officer of the premium consulting/design firm The Octalysis Group, as well as Co-Founder and Chief Experience of Metablox – an NFT platform powered by Real World Places and Real Life Memories.

Yu-kai is the Original Creator of the Octalysis Framework, and the author of Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards. Yu-kai has been a regular speaker/lecturer on gamification and motivation worldwide, including at organizations like Stanford/Yale/Oxford, Google, Tesla, IDEO LEGO, BCG, the governments of UK, Singapore, Kingdom of Bahrain, and many more. His design work has empowered over 1 Billion users’ experiences across the world.

Formerly, Yu-kai was Head of Creative Labs as well as Head of Digital Commerce for HTC, pioneering innovation in VR/AR and the Metaverse. He was also the Chief Experience Officer of the Blockchain company Decentral, working with the Co-Founder of Ethereum Anthony Di Iorio to create delightful Blockchain experiences. Yu-kai is also the creator of Octalysis Prime, a Gamified Library of all his work and research.

Yu-kai was one of the earliest pioneers in Gamification, starting his work in the industry in 2003. In 2015, Yu-kai was rated #1 among the “Gamification Gurus Power 100” by RISE, and was also awarded the “Gamification Guru of the Year” Award multiple years in a row by the Gamification World Congress and the Gamification Europe Conference. He has helped a variety of companies, from seed stage startups to Fortune 500 companies such as LEGO, Uber, Porsche, Walgreens, Microsoft, Fidelity Investments, AIG Japan, Verizon, and more. His work has also been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, The World Journal, PBS, NBC, and many more.

Yu-kai is an Investor or Board Advisor for many organizations and companies, including Mighty Bear Games, LuckyDiem, Incentive Games, GoalSetter, Motion Auto, and many more.

Yu-kai is a follower of Christ, and his other hobbies include playing/teaching chess, writing/playing string quartet pieces, rating high quality movies, though he rarely has time for these hobbies. Yu-kai is the proud father of his twin daughters, Symphony and Harmony.

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Reader Testimonials

Nir Eyal
Nir Eyal

Author of Hooked and Indistractable

Yu-kai Chou's 10,000 Hours of Play is a fascinating look into how the principles of gamification can be applied not just to products, but to our very lives. This book offers a compelling roadmap for anyone looking to harness the power of applying gameful mindsets to enhance personal and professional growth. Chou's engaging narrative and practical insights equip readers to turn everyday challenges into a game worth playing. 10,000 Hours of Play is an essential guide for transforming play into progress and aspirations into achievements.

David Ku
David Ku

Former Microsoft Chief Technology Officer of AI & Research

As we step into the age of AI, it’s important to remember our human essence and the playful spirit that propels our progress. 10,000 Hours of Play by Yu-kai Chou combines practical insights with the power of gaming to foster self-discovery and continual growth. This book is a practical guide for anyone eager to gamify their journey through life and unlock their full potential.

Table of Contents

    • Foreword
    • Chapter 1 The Ultimate Level Up
      • Whether you know it or not, you’re playing a game right now
      • Are you an NPC or a Hero?
      • 10,000 Hours of Play (10K HP): Turn Your Life Into a Game
      • Why 10,000 Hours?
      • Let’s Begin to Play
    • Chapter 2: Your Hero’s Journey Begins
      • A World of Chaos
      • The Hero’s Journey
      • The 6 Steps to Master Your Game
      • 10,000 Hours of Final Fantasy
      • Steve Job’s 10K HP Journey
      • Unlock OP Mode: 10K HP Alignment
      • Now is Your Turn to Follow the Steps and Begin Your Journey as a 10K HP Player.
    • Chapter 3: Choose Your Game (Mission)
      • Your Game is Not Your Job
      • Wear Your Game like a Badge
      • How to Choose Your Life Game
      • Yu-kai Chou’s Own Life Game
      • It’s Your Turn To Play: Finding Your Life Game
      • OP Hero Profile: From Courtroom Flop to the Nation’s Top - the Strategy Sage
    • Chapter 4: Know Your Attributes (Talents)
      • Attributes: Your Unique Talents
      • How to identify your Attributes
      • It’s Your Turn To Play: Talent Triangles
      • OP Leadership Attributes of 10K HP
      • 10K HP Team Player Types
      • It’s Your Turn to Play: Your Leadership Attributes
      • OP Hero Profile: From Child Worker to Weaving Worlds - the Industrious Storyteller
    • Chapter 5: Select Your Role (Specialty)
      • Roles Are Powered By Attributes
      • Defining your Role Sphere
      • Roleplaying and the Power of Identity
      • Exploring your Occupation and Specialty Roles with Career Circles
      • How to Determine your 10K HP Role
      • It’s Your Turn To Play: Creating Your Role Sphere
      • Role Advancements and Transfers
      • Choose Your Hero Name
      • Know Your Hero Code
      • It’s Your Turn To Play: Hero Name and Hero Code
      • OP Hero Profile: From Underprivileged Minority to Global Media Queen - the Inspiration Mogul
    • Chapter 6: Enhance your Skills (Craft)
      • What are Skills in 10K HP?
      • How Jacked do you want to be?
      • How to Enhance your Skills
      • The Skills Journey of an Architectural Designer
      • Going Gameful - “Real Life Game Skills”
      • A Step Further: “Real-Life Game Class”
      • It’s Your Turn to Play
      • OP Hero Profile: From Bullied and Broke to Top of the World - the Existential Innovator
      • It’s Your Turn to Play
    • Chapter 7: Build your Alliances (Network)
      • Importance Of Building Alliances
      • Factions
      • Guilds
      • Teams
      • Partnerships
      • Other Alliance Relationships
      • Networking starts with the Self
      • 6 Power Attributes for OP Networking
      • OP Hero Profile: From Failed Freelancer to Timeless Genius - the Inventive Polymath
    • Chapter 8: Alliance Building Playbook
      • My First 10K HP Guild: The FD Network
      • OP Networking Principles
      • Horizontal vs Vertical Networking
      • Cold Emailing: One-Two Punch and The Uppercut
      • Building Your Alliance Everywhere
      • OP Hero Profile: From Exiled Loser to Founding Father - the Revolutionary Architect
      • It’s Your Turn to Play.
    • Chapter 9: Achieve Your Quests (Milestones)
      • Dimensions of a Quest
      • How to Decide on your Quests
      • Minor Alliance Main Quest: Finding a Mentor
      • Crafting Quests: Make Them SMART
      • Gamify Your Quests
      • Questing with OKRs
      • OP Hero Profile: From Oppressed Girl to Double Nobel Laureate - the Scientific Trailblazer
    • Chapter 10: How to Achieve 10K HP Alignment
      • 10K HP OP Hero Story: Suzy Batiz
      • 10K HP Alignment and Unlocking OP Mode
      • 10K HP Alignment: Mahatma Gandhi
      • 10K HP Alignment: Walt Disney
      • 10K HP Alignment: Oprah Winfrey
      • 10K HP Alignment: Elon Musk
      • 10K HP Alignment: Leonardo DaVinci
      • 10K HP Alignment:Sun Yat-sen
      • 10K HP Alignment: Marie Curie
      • It’s your Turn to Play
    • Chapter 11: The Playing Never Ends
      • From Book to Life Game
      • Spreading 10K HP
      • 10,000 Hours and Beyond

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