Paid To Play

If you want to get paid to play like I do then read this article to find out how I managed it. I hope that you can do the same.

I am not a big fan of computer games but I must admit there have been a few long-term online games that I got quite addicted to. One was an online football manager game that I played for 3 years! That was until I realized that a lot of games require learning tactics and techniques together with investing serious amounts of time to progress.

It dawned on me that this is exactly what I did in business so I should stop wasting my time with games and put those energies into learning and progressing in something new but still enjoyable that would bring me financial rewards instead of empty and worthless points in a game. Even though I hate to admit it, it took a lot for me to delete that team and quit the game, the makers of the games make it addictive on purpose to keep you playing, they even employ expert psychologists to advise them on making their games more addictive.

I don’t want to bash gaming because I do certain things to relax like watch movies or read articles on my iPhone before I go to sleep that could be deemed as pointless and time wasting but they are important to me to relax. Some find gaming a good way to unwind and everyone is entitled to choose what they do in their spare time.

What I found was that together with watching TV I was spending at least 4 hours a day (more than half a working day), every day not achieving anything. I decided that if I could find something I enjoyed doing that could be an extra business or bring me some tangible rewards then that would be a better use of some of my spare time during my evenings and weekends, but it had to be something I enjoyed doing.

Over 2000 years ago Confucius said “Choose a job you love and you will never do a days work in your life”, it was true then and it is true now. I had considered this quote several times but I didn’t really take it on board until a few years ago when I put it into action.

For me it was writing my book and this blog. I have really loved putting my story and advice down on paper and going through the publishing process. Creating this blog, writing the articles, learning about SEO and other website building techniques have been equally rewarding and fun. Now I am creating an online entrepreneurs business course; Direct Entrepreneur which is filling some of my spare time. All of these new ventures are “play” to me and the rewards are immensely more tangible and valuable than a game scoreboard.

I am not suggesting you fill all of your spare time, far from it, everyone needs downtime to create the best in their lives. I am suggesting you work out how much time per day you spend on gaming, TV or other similar activity and take some of that time, add it together and every week you could do something entertaining that is infinitely more rewarding. That is getting paid to play and who knows, maybe one day it could bring in more than your day job and you could get paid to play all the time!

If you want to know more about how I came from a teenage homeless hostel and changed my life so I could become a successful entrepreneur, plus more of my advice on success, freedom and how to make your own luck, see my book How To Be Lucky.

Whatever you do in life, be lucky!
Matt Kinsella

3 thoughts on “Paid To Play

  1. I play several online games including chess, Dragons of Atlantis and Vampires but I don’t think they take up more than an hour or two a day and I usually play them while watching TV so I’m actually doing two things at once. Who says women are the only ones that can multitask? :D

    • HAHAHA! Good comment. I still play chess and Angry Birds on my iPhone and my TV watching is sporadic these days, sometimes weeks go by when I don’t watch TV at all then I will have the TV on all day on a Sunday and I won’t move from the sofa. I just do it a lot less than I used to and as I said in my post I don’t want to knock gaming or anything that people use to relax but it’s good to keep the amount in check. I was spending on average 4+ hours a day combined on game and TV and I know this is quite normal among a lot of people. When I added it up it comes out at 125 hours a month, that’s almost as much time as some people spend in a full time job! So I figured I could find a fun thing that was more constructive to fill some (not all) of that time.

  2. Great post! I’ve always loved my games. For a while there I was heavily addicted to World of Warcraft like many people were. As you found out Matt you really need to spend a huge amount of time mastering aspects of the games or chasing achievements. Some of those serve only one purpose which is to make people sink more time in to the game.

    I’ve cut down heavily on games and try to stay away for the ones I know I’ll be addicted with. I did find that if life was too hard or you weren’t achieving what you wanted in life then these kind of games were the perfect place to escape, i term it escapism.

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