Survival Mode - of the Fittest
So - let's talk about why Minecraft, one of the most popular games, arguably of the century so far, is a game that people who want to run, or start, or grow businesses, can and should learn from:
It's "Survival Mode." You have a few pieces of bread, a few hearts of health, some crude tools (or no tools at all) and you're surrounded by an endless landscape filled with strange creatures, beauteous biomes of glades, deserts, mountains...and Zombie Pigmen. You have one hour before the sun sets, and have one place to go if you want to survive; down.
So you forge some tools, you make for the hills, but just then, you realize your pick broke, and you don't have any torches. You're in the dark. You survive until dawn, but you're out of food, and you have to dig yourself, by hand, out of this hole that you've created. You make it above ground, with only a few hearts left. It's time to hunt!
This is exactly what running a business can be like. This is exactly what starting a company was like, for me. I would be greatly skeptical if I found any good entrepreneur, who enjoyed Minecraft, that didn't agree that their experience was directly linked with their experience starting, and growing a business.
Crafting and Shipping Work
You've mined your heart out, and it's time to create! This is the alchemy that defines the exhilarating experience of Minecraft - and also business. You just landed that contract, for however much Denarii, I mean gold, I mean cash, the client is paying you. Now it's time to work.
This is where the "grinding" process of gaming becomes very practical in business. If you're like me, and you have no boss overseeing your schedule, then your only boss is time - and perhaps the demand of the client. In this state, you must be very careful. You must also be very diligent. You have to grind, create, and ship. Then keep shipping. It's a mental process no-different from the process of killing mobs, or mining minerals, in gaming.
In fact, I've found, that if you can train your mind to think of your grind at work, similar to your grind in-game - then you can work much more efficiently, and have a lot more fun in the process.
Storing things in chests and Organizing "Stuff"
This will be the last thing that I talk about in this post, as it's the thing that I'm absolutely the worst at. In the past, I've been really, really, disorganized. I've become a lot better, in running a business. I've had to become a lot better, to be able stay in business for over two years now. I've learned much better ways to organize data, organize my records and most importantly, my resources and time. What I've found: The ratio of the organization of resources to time, is tremendous, and makes a huge difference on your success in gameplay. We see this most in games like Starcraft, a land which we'll delve into later. But i recently came to the revelation of what better organizing stuff in chests did for my performance in Minecraft, and for my brain.
Putting things, like resources, in the right places, and just the value of "Knowing" where they are, makes worlds of difference when you're always on the go. In business, this can be the difference between making cost-effective choices, and making costly choices that can put you in serious debt if not managed properly.
Currently; I'm embracing the practice of organizing my business life in the most effective ways. Trying to figure out the same thing, in Minecraft...
Gaming today, in general, is a beautiful channel for creative energies. It hones serious problem solving methods, team building, and tactical methods of using resources. Besides which, it's just damn fun, and you get to meet amazing people all over the world. I simply would have never learned how to start a business on my own without my experience as a gamer.