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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Lexulous Life Lessons: Losing is Actually Winning When You Are Learning

I play Lexulous for a variety of reasons. I have spoken about that before.
I like to play games period. Word games, sports, trivia, whatever...because I like the challenge and competition and the striving to win. I am very competitive. Most know that about me. Not to the point that I am a sore loser, because I have never been that, but, I try very very hard to win. I take pride in giving my best effort. I have always been that way.
I also want to make new friends, and Lexulous has been a great vehicle for me to do that.
I find also that you learn a lot about yourself, and life, from playing games. Lexulous has been no different than any other game in that respect. I like to think that I apply that to my everyday life,  and in some respects, to my approach to writing. I think I am a better person for playing the game. I started writing one weekly blog about playing Lexulous because I thought the lessons were valuable enough to share.
Lastly, when you write as much as I do throughout any given day, you just need a break,  and I find Lexulous gives me that needed break. I am not a chatter per se, so a word game offers me something reasonably light to break up my day.
Of course, being competitive, I want to win. And being an achiever, I want to beat the best there is out there. So I seek those types out. This means that I also lose my fair share in the pursuit of being the best I can be. I have always been okay with that, because while I lose the game, I don't really lose in the grand scheme of things. I improve my skills and my chance to win the next game, to the point that I become a polished and better player.

Someone is always better than you and you can learn from them. You think you know all there is to know. You don't. There is always something new to learn. To make yourself better.
Someone is always going to be better than you, no matter how good you become and as you improve you can also impart that now gained knowledge to others. In that way, there is no losing. You are the winner, either way.

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