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Why You Should Never Play Solitaire Again

Jun 12, 2008
First of all, this article will probably strike some of you the wrong way, but for others, this article will be exactly what you need to hear and act as a catalyst for change.

Solitaire is one of the biggest productivity killers around. I worked full time doing technical support and in between waiting for calls to come in. I'm ashamed to say I probably wasted at least 3 hours per day or more on this game. Multiple that by 5 days per week and about 50 weeks per year, that's about 750 hours per year of solitaire. Ouch!

I coach people right now that are getting started with ecommerce and the complaint seems to always be that they don't have enough time. Although I don't make a huge point about it, I often wonder if they watch a lot of TV or play a few rounds of solitaire before getting started with their "homework" or task list from our previous coaching session. I suspect that there is a lot of solitaire playing and probably just as much TV watching. Probably quite a few people can multi-task and do both. I know I did... watching X-Files on my computer while playing solitaire was my vice.

I came to a state of conscious awareness that I was literally wasting my life away. I made a decision to never play again and I haven't since that day. But like any "bad habit" if you don't replace that time with something else, you're going to revert back by conditioning. So, here's what I propose: Another Game!

Enter the concept of real life Monopoly. The risks are greater, the rewards are real and the intensity is significant compared to anything else. I'm making a comparison between the board game Monopoly and then the concept of building up your own real estate empire. This doesn't have to be in the form of actual real estate as an investor or anything quite so dramatic. This can be as simple as claiming your piece of internet real estate by creating a website, driving traffic to that website and making sales or making money from that website.

Internet business can be learned by just about anyone. I've seen websites run by 12 year old kids doing more sales than several of my students. The internet is a place where you can learn all the concepts you need to and a place where you can get detailed instructions on how to play the "game".

When I quit playing solitaire, I decided instead to dedicating my time to how I could best profit from the internet. I started with "Baltic Avenue" ideas such as selling some misc. junk on eBay for a few hundred dollars and eventually graduated to a $25,000 per month "Marvin Gardens". I'm working on my "Park Place" ideas and websites as we speak which are in the 6 figure per month range of income.

Now, get started with something like eBay if you need to generate some capital to get your first web hosting account setup and your first domain name, but also know that the instruction manual on how to play the game is always available. You may need to learn how to read this manual (i.e. Google, the internet, Yahoo Answers, etc). Once you learn how to read the manual (get your answers from the internet), you will have no shortage of information on how to play the game, how to avoid costly mistakes and how to transfer the distraction and zombie-like clicking of your mouse while playing solitaire to the exciting, motivating, experience of the highs and lows of internet business.

Reality is that you only have so much time in this life. Why waste it playing solitaire? Go out there, experience whatever you can and get some skin in the game. Ask anybody that has a bet on a game how much more interesting and emotionally attached they are to that game than someone who is merely watching to teams play not caring for the outcome either way...

Quit playing solitaire. I'm here to tell you that "Real Life Monopoly" is much better in every way.
About the Author
Brian Armstrong coaches and mentors internet business opportunity seekers from his site and writes a lot about using the internet as a means of replacing your full time income.
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