You are probably wondering what this topic is about or you already figured out from the title that this post is related to Candy Crush. I know everyone played Candy Crush like 3 or 4 years ago but I really just got back to it after I had no internet at home for almost a week.
With everything being connected to the internet; music, TV, Netflix, even messaging, I had nothing to do. Besides reading my book and chatting with my husband, I started to play Candy Crush which I had downloaded on my phone but rarely played. I should also mention that some perks of the game were not accessible without internet. Lol, what would we do without the internet?
Playing Candy Crush through that period and afterwards taught me a few lessons about life and failure. Who knew that swiping up and down crushing candy could teach such a valuable lesson?
Since Candy Crush was pretty much the only fun we had at home, My husband (Charles) and I took turns playing the game. Whenever we got stuck at a hard level, we kept playing in turns hoping to be the one to advance to the next level.
Whenever it was his turn, I peeked at the screen in order to get pointers on how to win my turn and so, he turned the phone screen away.
Lets talk about the lessons I learnt. Shall we?
1. Learn from other people’s experiences.
There are many things we experience in life that other people even in our close circle have experienced. Why not learn from them how to navigate those roadblocks?
Looking into Charles’ game gave me an idea of what the challenges were with the level. I was also able to tell what sort of moves he made and which he avoided.
In life too, when we take cues from mentors, friends, siblings, we can learn what to do and what not to do when it comes to overcoming certain challenges.
2. Learn from your previous experiences.
There were Candy Crush levels that were so difficult that I wanted to give up. But the more I played the level, the better I got at it. After playing multiple times, I figured out what I could have done better and I eventually won and moved on to the next level.
Although we should not dwell on the past, it tends to hold useful information, memories and skills that make us navigate our future easier. Any wise person knows the benefit of learning from previous experiences.
If you discard everything you ever learnt each new day, then you won’t make much progress as a human being. Life is essentially a journey of accumulated lessons and experiences.
3. Tackle failures head-on.
One of the most frustrating things about Candy Crush was not being able to advance to the next level without succeeding in the current one. After I had lost a level so many times, my only option was to play the earlier levels or keep playing that level and win it in order to advance.
How many times have we taken the easy way out in life? Ignoring a challenge or road block does not make it go away. In fact, if its a roadblock to your next level, no matter how many times you circle it, you will have to clear it before you move forward.
Unlike Candy Crush, it is up to you to hold yourself accountable not to run away from roadblocks and face them with all the resources you’ve got at your disposal.
If you never try because you do not want to fail, you will never win either.
4. Use the tools around you to your advantage.
This was one of my more recent discoveries while playing the game. Some levels were tagged ‘hard level’ and truly, those levels were hard and almost impossible to win.
Unbeknownst to me, I had accumulated lots of ‘boosters’ that could give me an added advantage in the game. I never knew this so I kept trying to win these hard levels the same way I had tackled easier levels.
Imagine my joy when I finally looked at something on the screen other than the ‘hard level’ tag. After I used the boosters, I won the game and even though I still meet hard levels where the booster is not sufficient, It makes the game a whole lot easier than it used to be.
Focusing solely on the challenge can often be very overwhelming. Instead, look around you for the tools, knowledge and resources that can help you win. Sometimes, its people, or a connection or a book. But if you are always focused on tackling the challenge without any skill or advantage, you end up wearing yourself out or going back to smaller challenges.
I hope you have learnt a thing or two from my Candy Crush experience. The next time you crush candies, I want you to remember that you can equally crush failure.
Heart to Heart: What has been the biggest lesson you have learnt regarding failure and overcoming it?