A Strange Game
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A Strange Game

Preparation for the rest of your life

About the Book

Modern life is a strange game. It cannot be won, and the best you can do is to not play it. 

So this is not a book about winning the Game. It contains no answers, no secrets, no shortcuts, no religion. It's a book about discovery, about what I slowly learned about the Game and how not to play it. It's what I want to tell my children, and I hope it will help you, too.

About the Author

Todd Lemoine
Todd Lemoine

Todd Lemoine is an English major-turned-front-end web developer living in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two sons. 

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Your Most Valuable Possession
  • Now is all you have.
  • Value experiences over stuff.
  • Own your mistakes.
  • Reduce distractions.
  • Eliminate ads.
  • Watch TV on your time.
  • Imagine entertainment as something you can’t own.
  • Everyone loves to buy things, but no one likes to be sold to.
  • Zag when others zig.
  • Live close to work and school.
  • Everyone wants to be different, but no one wants to be the first.
  • Be authentic.
  • Life favors the good.
  • It takes time to get good.
  • You don’t have to go to school, but you need a plan.
  • Make the most of your twenties.
  • Be ready to not please your parents.
  • The winner of an argument is often the one with the most documentation.
  • Overcome your extended adolescence.
  • Practice the Rule of Half.
  • Learn to write well.
  • To write well, read.
  • Take pictures of signs when you travel
  • Embrace shoshin.
  • Live in a different country.
  • Take your shoes off at the door.
  • Question old habits.
  • Make change happen.
  • Buy what you need. Use what you have.
  • Contribute, not consume.
  • Reassess.
  • Limit your choices.
  • Trust your first instinct.
  • Just do good work.
  • Open your mail every day.
  • Technique, not technology.
  • Buy a used car.
  • Pay your credit cards off every month.
  • Try to owe zero taxes every year.
  • Save 10% for retirement.
  • Take the match.
  • Buy index funds.
  • Learn how health insurance works.
  • Tip well.
  • Don’t drink sodas.
  • Don’t eat out often, and rarely at fast food places.
  • When you eat out, order what you want.
  • Eating well costs more (sometimes).
  • Eating well doesn’t have to cost more.
  • Treat your body well in your teens and 20s (and later, too).
  • Learn to make 5 dishes.
  • Rehearse.
  • Presentations are stories.
  • Keep email messages short at work.
  • Assume you’re the dumbest one in the room.
  • Notes, References, and Further Reading
  • Reading List
  • A Last Word

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