Thursday 2 June 2016

Things I’ve Learned From Playing Tetris

You heard me right, today’s blog is about what I have learned while playing that annoyingly addictive game where you try to make lines by stacking up blocks of various shapes. Before work I play a bit of Tetris just to unwind before the work day starts. 

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1) How to Make Snap decisions

The first thing that you have to learn is how to make a quick decision. There is a steady stream of blocks coming down and you need to decide what to do with this block and fast. The game gets steadily quicker and so you have to decide what to do that much quicker. This forces you to make a judgment call within a second or two.

2) How to Let Past Mistakes go

It happens, and can happen ever more frequently when you have to make snap decisions: you make the wrong call. With those blocks still coming down, you need to just let it go and focus on what to do now. Three seconds ago was the past, so don’t beat yourself up about it, just move on from here. 

3) Any Situation is Salvageable

It can also happen that bad mistakes pile up and you find yourself with a taller and taller pile of blocks. This forces you to just keep making quick decisions to just make a line, then another one and another one. Soon you are chipping away at what a ten seconds ago seemed to be an insurmountable obstacle and certain doom.

4) Never Give Up! 

As those blocks keep piling up and you near that ceiling, all you need to do is remember that only have to make one line to buy yourself a bit of time. Keep working and keep at it. There have been times when I have neared the top but managed to work that pile down to nothing again. There is always a solution if you keep working at it. 

Today’s lesson boils down to this, kids: Winston Churchill was right . . . “Never give up! Never give up! Never give up!”

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward.

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