At the risk of sounding like a warped kindergarten teacher, there’s a lot that can be learned about how to succeed in life by looking at what it takes to win at garden warfare.
The coolest thing about being part of a team? You get to enjoy the support and camaraderie of other cool, fun individuals who have different strengths — skills that you might not possess. The lesson here is that when you learn to cooperate and combine your talents with others, you increase your chances of success, both in garden warfare and the game of life.
So you’re a zombie? Look on the bright side. Focus on the things you’re good at and play to your strengths (like eating, not thinking). This lesson will save time down the road and also pairs with Life Lesson #1 about being a team player, because the best teams are made up of people with different but complementary strengths.
If you can’t communicate well with your teammates, it’s going to be hard to win a game. Sure, there are those players out there that can kill off your entire team and, yeah, it can be annoying. But sooner or later everyone’s time comes.
Having the ability to speak to your teammates and coordinate your attacks is definitely to your team’s advantage. A loss of communication can lead to losing the game. Same thing applies on the job – it’s important to keep an open line of communication. Transparency, honesty, and openness creates a positive work environment in which people can excel. Even when it might be a prickly subject or awkward, you’re usually better off bringing it up sooner than later, when it could grow into a bigger problem.
You’re going to make a lot of mistakes in life. At home and at work. But hey, nobody’s perfect, right? As much as we might like to think that our, uh… “B.O.”… doesn’t stink, it still reeks just as much as the next nerd’s. Anyway, where were we? Oh yeah…
The important thing is to recognize your mistakes so that you can learn from them. Then take steps to make the necessary corrections and avoid repeating those same mistakes.
Own of the most important lessons I learned early in my career was to own up to my mistakes. Just admit it when you mess up! Right away. Then once you’ve learned from the experience, move on. Many companies have withstood great setbacks and failures and grown stronger from the experience. When we give ourselves permission to fail and make mistakes, we’re able to learn and grow and improve.
It’s also important to take a mental break now and then and make time for the physical side. Pushing yourself physically doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym. It also includes many different kinds of exercise, plus diet and rest. Take care of your body now, because you only get one! Later on you’ll need to be in good shape to enjoy your golden years and retirement to the fullest.