Archive | January 2014

What Flappy Bird Can Teach You About Focus

Recently, two different people asked me, “What’s your best score in Flappy Bird?” To this I responded with that awkward laugh that always follows a statement that I completely don’t understand. I think to myself, “What is Flappy Bird and why are people so interested in my score?”

I then went onto Twitter and saw several people post about their Flappy Bird scores (you can see that I was sure to favorite them).

Tweet from @jviall:
Flappy Bird Tweet
High score from @RoskomShaela:

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….then I went to Instagram and saw a meme with the little winged protagonist (photo from @aeastdeca).
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So I downloaded the game and proceeded to spend about two hours leading the tiny sparrow to it’s untimely demise again and again. As I played, two things occurred to me about the concept of focus, and I thought I’d share those with you here.

1. It is much easier to stay focused when the objective is clear. In Flappy Bird, all you have to do is navigate successfully…that’s it. In basketball, all you have to do is score more points than your opponent. So when you direct your attention to your homework, a chore, a work project, or anything else, be sure to have a clearly defined objective in mind. If you don’t know what it is, you may lose focus faster than I lose in Flappy Bird.

2. Motion creates emotion. Flappy Bird forces you to tap your screen more than once per second (I wonder if any long-nailed individuals have cracked their screen while playing yet). I’m not telling you to start tapping your History textbook and it will become interesting; what I’m saying is that your brain will stay more engaged if you give yourself a break every now and then to move. Get up. Move around your office, house, or classroom. If what you are doing is not pushing you physically, you may need to plan times that you will remove yourself briefly so you can come back re-energized and ready to focus in.

I still laugh awkwardly when someone asks me, “What’s your best score in Flappy Bird?”

Why?

Because the answer is only 11.

What’s your best score in Flappy Bird? Tweet me @FOCUS_Kyle and let me know.

Flying Leap by Ralf W. Oliver: Book Takeaways

I recently finished reading a book called, Flying Leap, by Ralf W. Oliver. The book is a novel on perspective, and gives some excellent insight into how we think about our stories, our egos, our relationships, and our needs. If you’re looking for a deeper look at your world, I would recommend it.

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Though these may not mean much to you without understanding the full context, here are my key takeaways from Flying Leap:

  • Ego, your belief in the story of who you are, pulls you away from being your true self
  • You are the thinker, not the thought. Place more emphasis on directing your thoughts to the positive
  • There is only fear and love; each will play a large role in your decision making
  • Humans always think in the form of duality (if something exists, the opposite must also exist)
  • You can create your own story
  • Be present
  • NEED=No Experience Except Demands. Look to be less demanding
  • Live “with” your ego, not “as” your ego
  • Time moving forward is a very human concept; time is simply another aspect of the field
  • We are all aspects of the field; in that sense, we are all one
  • You are infinite and there is nothing to fear

If you do end up reading it. Let me know what you think on Twitter at @FOCUS_Kyle.

 
 
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