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10,000 Hours of Play

The Guide to Master your Game of Life

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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 - Master your Game of 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. Finding Your Game: Discern your life’s purpose and path.
  2. Identifying Your Attributes: Acknowledge your inherent strengths and unique capabilities.
  3. Choosing Your Role: Determine your unique role in the game of life.
  4. Enhancing Your Abilities: Level up by honing essential skills.
  5. Building Your Alliances: Cultivate a network of beneficial relationships.
  6. Taking on New Quests: 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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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
    • Chapter 3: Choosing Your Game (Mission)
      • Choosing Your Life Game
      • OP Hero Profile: From Courtroom Flop to a Nation’s Top - the Strategy Sage.
      • Finding your own Game
    • Chapter 4: Know Your Attributes (Talents)
      • Identifying your Attributes is difficult
      • How to identify your Attributes
    • Chapter 5: Select Your Role (Occupation)
      • How to choose your Role: Role Circles
      • There are also two methods to find your Role.
      • OP Hero Profile: From an underprivileged rural minority to a global media queen - The Inspiration Mogul
      • What about you?
    • Chapter 6: Enhance your Abillities (Skillsets)
      • OP Hero Profile: from bullied and broke to top of the world - the Existential Innovator
    • Chapter 7 Build your Alliances Network
      • OP Hero Profile: the Inventive Polymath
    • Chapter 8: How to Build Your Alliance
      • Strategy Guide to Building Alliances
      • Networking starts with the Self
      • The 6 Power Attributes for OP Networking
      • OP Networking Principles
      • Where do you find opportunities to Build Your Alliance?
      • Conclusion for 10K HP Step 5: Build Your Alliance
      • OP Hero Profile: Sun Yet-Sen
    • Chapter 9: Take on Quests
    • Chapter 10: Tools to Powerup Your Game
    • Chapter 11: Daily Tactics For Gameful Living
    • Chapter 12: The Game Never Stops

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