How My Love for Video Games Revealed Why I’m Still Struggling Financially

Hey there, fellow gamers and life enthusiasts! Today, I’m diving deep into a topic that’s been on my mind lately — the intricate connection between my love for video games and my less-than-ideal financial situation.

Ort[i]e
4 min readOct 17

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Car dashboard, view of zero speed.
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Racing Against the Odds

Picture this: It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, and I find myself knee-deep in the world of Disney SpeedStorm. Now, let me clarify something right off the bat — I’ve always considered myself to be a decent gamer. I mean, I’ve been playing video games since I was a kid, and I’ve had my fair share of victories in various virtual arenas. But here’s where my story takes a twist.

Speed Doesn’t Equal Aggression

In Disney SpeedStorm, being a good runner is the name of the game. The goal? Outrace your competitors on iconic Disney tracks, collecting power-ups, and reveling in the magic of the mouse. Now, I’m no Usain Bolt, but I’ve always been a decent sprinter. I’ve got speed on my side, and I figured this game was tailor-made for me. Oh, how wrong I was!

The Struggle with Honesty

You see, being a good runner didn’t necessarily translate into being an aggressive gamer. As I navigated the colorful tracks and zipped past fellow racers, I realized that something was amiss. While my competitors were strategically using power-ups to trip me up, sabotage my race, and snatch victory from my grasp, I was playing the game like I was in a marathon, not a high-octane race. My problem? I was far too honest for my own good.

The Honest Gamer’s Dilemma

Honesty, as a virtue, is commendable in the real world. It’s the cornerstone of trust, integrity, and good character. But in the fast-paced world of gaming, where the objective is to win at all costs, honesty can be a double-edged sword. You see, I found myself in situations where I would pull my punches, refusing to use power-ups that could slow down my opponents or actively hinder their progress. Why? Because I felt guilty!

The Guilt of Gaming

Imagine, for a moment, you’re playing a racing game where you can drop banana peels, shoot rockets, and deploy all sorts of hilarious and infuriating tactics to secure your victory. Now, imagine that every time you had an opportunity to unleash chaos, you hesitated because you didn’t want to be the ‘bad guy’ or hurt someone else’s chances of winning. That’s the predicament I often found myself in.

Gaming vs. Real Life

My gaming buddies would whoop and holler as they’d successfully deploy traps, causing rivals to spin out of control, lose precious seconds, and fall behind. Meanwhile, I’d be driving in my little corner of the track, feeling like a complete pushover. My intentions were noble, but my gameplay suffered as a result. My love for video games had unintentionally revealed my tendency to be too honest, even when it was detrimental to my success.

Honesty in the Real World

Now, you might be thinking, “What does all of this have to do with my financial situation?” Well, it turns out, a lot! In the business world, being too honest can be a vulnerability. While integrity and transparency are highly valued traits, there are instances where brutal honesty can short-circuit your progress. I’ve found myself in situations where I’ve been overly forthright about my capabilities, revealing my vulnerabilities to potential clients or employers. It’s not that I’m dishonest, but I tend to downplay my strengths and admit my weaknesses readily, sometimes to my detriment.

Balancing Act

In the cutthroat world of job interviews and business negotiations, being a little less honest about your insecurities can be a strategic move. It doesn’t mean you have to lie or mislead, but a bit of self-confidence can go a long way. I’ve learned that it’s crucial to emphasize your strengths and demonstrate how you’re continually working on your weaknesses without divulging every detail of your doubts and insecurities.

The Honest Gamer’s Creed

So, there you have it — my relationship with video games showed me why I’m still struggling financially. It’s not that being honest is a bad thing; it’s just that sometimes, in the right circumstances, it can be a bit of a hindrance. I’m still a work in progress when it comes to balancing my honesty with the demands of the competitive world, both in gaming and in life.

Embracing the Journey

But, you know what? I wouldn’t change a thing about my gaming style. Sure, I might lose a few more races than I win in Disney SpeedStorm, but I’ll continue to race with honesty, even if it means I’m not always the champ. Because in the end, it’s not just about the victory; it’s about the journey and staying true to who you are. And hey, who knows, maybe my next game will be one where honesty is the ultimate power-up. Until then, happy gaming, my friends!

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