Is there any connection between entrepreneurs and video gaming? Are entrepreneurs too busy and focused to play video games? Or is it the break from the norm required to re-fuel their creative juices?
Here is the thing, I was reading the ‘4 hour work week‘ by Tim Ferriss approx six months ago, and he was discussing all the amazing things he does for hobbies and fun… everything from dancing the Tango, to kick boxing, and then he made a comment, and I must stress that I can’t remember the exact quote, but it was along the lines of how video gaming is a huge waste of time, and that he never does it.
Now, I recall feeling a little bad about this, as I personally love to play video games, I have done since I was three, and I probably play a few hours per week on average.
To make matters worse, I then went to a few of my regular ‘Millionaire Mastermind Group’ meetings, and nobody has mentioned video games there yet either… They mention adventures in aeroplanes, trips across Mexico, bike rides in India (which I may be doing), and car related subjects… but never video games.
For an industry that is BIGGER than the movie industry, why on earth are none of these people playing video games? And should I try and quit?
So it got me thinking… is there any connection between people who play video games, and people who are successful entrepreneurs/business men?
I have been speaking to some additional contacts and friends… and I believe there is some connection. From what I have seen, there are two types of entrepreneur:
1) The passionate, go getter, ruthless, live life to the full type …. you know the one I mean. The guy who lives and breaths business, who always seems to be busy.
2) The creative and artistic type…. this type is often quieter, less socially aware, but a huge thinker, and has a real creative spark.
I noticed that all of my contacts who are in the latter category play video games, and all of my contacts in the first category despise them. Which, by no means is a scientific study… but personally I think it is interesting.
So why is this?
Speaking as someone who is more in the creative camp, I find that video games can take you into a new world, they can expand your mind and open up new possibilities, and they can be a break from the norm, almost a reset button for the mind. For a creative person, this element of fantasy is sure to inspire and entertain.
Whereas a go getter, an Alpha business type (like my father), would see it as a pointless waste of time. After all, what is the point of putting so much time and effort into something that gives no fees able benefits or rewards.?
So my questions for you all are:
1) Do you consider yourself in the Alpha group or the Creative group in life?
2) Do you play video games?
3) Do you think there is any connection here at all?
PS: I got GTA 4 recently, if anyone wants a game on the Xbox360, let me know