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Has anyone ever told you that you have a fixed mindset? Or that you can’t be successful until you build a growth mindset?

No? Then let me be the first.

You need to develop a growth mindset if you want to succeed.

If you have no idea what that means, don’t worry. In this article, we’re going cover:

  • the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset
  • how to create a new mindset
  • why you need to take responsibility for your actions

The last one might seem unrelated, but it’s arguably the most important. It might offend some of you and if so, you need to work harder on your growth mindset.

Let’s get started.


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Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset


Aside from stating the obvious that with the one you grow and the other you stay fixed…


A fixed mindset tells you that where you are is where you are, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

A growth mindset says that you can change, learn, adapt, and ultimately grow through your actions alone.


If you aren’t feeling happy, you can research how to be happier. If you don’t have a lot of energy, you can learn how to have more energy.

It’s really that simple.

Someone in a fixed mindset who finds themselves not knowing how to make friends might blame it on their personality or introversion.

In reality, these problems can be solved by a few lifestyle changes. A growth mindset will tell you that you becoming sociable is a skill that you can practice. You make friends by getting out of your comfort zone and actively trying to make friends.

It’s about shifting your focus away from accepting you’re a victim of your circumstances, to taking responsibility for getting yourself into these circumstances and finding ways to escape.

A fixed mindset has become so common, that you probably don’t even notice it.

The path that a lot of people follow, myself included, tends to go something like this:

  • work hard to get good grades
  • get into a great college
  • graduate with a good degree
  • get a high paying job and start a family
  • retire

While this isn’t necessarily a bad idea, you shouldn’t take it too literally.

What I mean is people who don’t hit these particular milestones automatically think that’s just how it’s supposed to be.

“Oh, I wasn’t smart enough to get a degree” or “I’m not meant to be successful”.

They might think the only way for them to improve is to work harder, or to get another job or to go back to college. Instead of fixing the underlying problems and shifting their mindset, they’re trying to slot themselves back into the system hoping they’ll fit.

So, how do you make the change from one to the other? Let’s find out.


How to Develop a Growth Mindset


Unfortunately, you can’t just flick a switch and instantly have a growth mindset.

You can definitely have ‘aha!’ moment where certain things become clearer. But, to develop a powerful mindset takes time, and more importantly, experience.

It’s one thing knowing the fundamentals, it’s another putting them into practice.

For me, the journey started back in 2014 when I came across a YouTube advert from Tai Lopez. It was my first-ever glimpse into the entrepreneurship lifestyle and I’ve never been the same since.

That was my eureka moment, but it has taken countless failures and I’ve had to overcome so many different struggles I’ve lost count.

That’s part of having a growth mindset, though. Knowing that no matter what happens there’s always a way out of your situation.

There’s always an opportunity to grow from every failed opportunity.

The day that you fail is the day that you stop trying to succeed.

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What does that eureka moment look like for you? It’s impossible to tell.

It could be a certain book, course, or a video that you happen to see online. Heck, it could even be this article!

Whatever it is, the important thing is to act at that moment. Use it to spur yourself into action and make yourself aware that this an opportunity for growth.

Once you become aware you can start investing in yourself and creating real change.

However, it’s not as simple as just buying a few books and you’re done.

The mastery over your mindset comes once you make that switch from being comfortable with your situation to wanting to become more.

You have to want for a better life. You need to have a purpose to improve and take action to take you to that place. This is how you open yourself up to new opportunities and ways of thinking.


You need to go from problem-focused to solution-focused.

If you’re a skinny guy, sure you could blame it on your genetics or a fast metabolism. Or, you can use this as a chance to learn.

You’re not the only skinny dude in history. Other people have made the transformation, so what did they do differently? Once you start researching other people you might come across the idea of macronutrients and calorie-counting. Again, this opens up even more pathways for you to explore like protein intake, strength training programs for skinny guys and so on.

There’s always more to learn, and there’s always room to grow. But you’re the only one who can make that switch.

That’s when you really start to develop a growth mindset, and it all starts with you taking responsibility.


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Your Life is Your Fault – It’s Time to Take Responsibility


Take a few moments to reflect on the following sentence:

Where you are in your life is a direct result of every choice you’ve made up until this point.

Your first reaction might be to lash out and say I have no idea what your life is like. No, you’re right. But, no matter what happens to you, you always have a choice.

Every day you make dozens of choices that, over time, have put you in the exact spot you’re in right now.

Whether or not you agree with that statement, it’s the truth. How you’ve reacted to every problem, every difficulty, it all adds up.

These decisions compound over time. So, the negative choices will keep building up and building up and eventually reaching a point where you can’t see any way out.

It’s not all doom and gloom.

Positive choices, as well as negative ones, also compound. The sooner you shift your mindset and start being proactive as opposed to reactive, the sooner you can counter all of the choices you’ve made and start changing your life for the better.

Try to imagine what your life will look like in five or ten years if you continue doing what you’re doing now.

You wake up and do the same thing every morning. You go to the same job and talk to the same people. Then you go home and do the same things and play the same video games.

Realistically, how will your life change in five years? You might get a promotion, you might make more friends or visit a few more places, but will you ultimately be happy with where you are?

If so, great! More power to you.

But if you look to the future and are seeking more fulfilment, richer experiences and a deeper purpose… Then you might be disappointed.

Your actions got you to where you are now and it’s your actions that will get you to where you want to be.

But remember, without the right mindset you won’t be able to do any of that in the first place.


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Until next time.



Over the last few years, the law of attraction has started gaining more traction.

Starting with The Secret back in 2006 to progressing into a global movement.

The power to see what you want and manifest it in your life sounds like something out of a Marvel comic…

Now, millions of people around the world are claiming LoA changed their life and you can find endless law of attraction stories online.

But, is there some truth to it?

In this article, we’ll dive deep into the law of attraction, visualization, manifestation or whatever you want to call it.

You’ll get an idea of what it’s all about, and the number one mistake people make with the law of attraction.

Ready? Let’s jump in.

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What is the Law of Attraction?


There’s a lot of different LoA meanings on the internet, but here’s my favourite way to describe it:


Whatever you think, and whatever you put out into the world, is what you attract.


I don’t think anyone would argue that if you smile more, then more people will smile back. If you help more people, more people are going to help you.

However, most people who follow the law of attraction lifestyle seem to think something completely different.

They believe that if they imagine themselves drinking cocktails on a beach living their dream life, then that will magically happen.

I’ve had someone tell me they were going to imagine themselves winning the lottery as their plan to make money.

Surprisingly, it doesn’t work like that. Who’d have thought it?

So, how does it work? If I can’t use it to make things appear then what’s the point of it?


The Number One Law of Attraction Mistake


At its core, the law of attraction is just a fancy word for visualization.

But, as I pointed out simply visualizing the end goal isn’t going to get you very far. It’s what you do once you have these goals in place that determined your success.

The law of attraction, while a powerful concept, is only a tool to help you on your journey.

The people who succeed with LoA use these visions to manifest that desire and passion to take action every day. The thought of one day achieving their goals is enough to make them act upon their goals.

So, using our example of someone wanting to spend their day on a beach drinking cocktails.

One person will see this goal of being on a beach and think that to get to that point they have to imagine themselves on the beach every day.

Another person will know that in order to get to a point where I can lie on the beach, I need to have a certain amount of money or freedom that will enable me to do so.

They know that they need to develop certain skills or build a business and consistently take action on these goals until they get to their dream lifestyle.

Which of these two imaginary cocktail-lovers do you think will be further ahead in 3 years?


A Quick Lesson in Physics

No, there won’t be any homework.

One of the key principles in physics is that energy can’t be created out of thin air. Energy can only be transferred from one form into another.

By this statement alone, it should be clear that you can’t put energy into thinking about something and expect that thing to appear.

You have to give something first to get the rewards. In this case, it’s action.

It’s determination and passion and holding onto the idea that one day, somewhere down the road, you’ll be where you want to be.

Aspirations are realised through action.

Until you firmly plant that idea into your mind, the law of attraction is never going to help you.

Class dismissed.


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How to Use the Law of Attraction to Make Your Dreams A Reality


We’ve covered how you should be using the law of attraction, but how do you actually implement it into your life.

It’s one thing to say “you need to set goals and take action” – but what does that process look like?

Here’s a quick step-by-step process you can use to get started.


Step 1: Depth is More Important than Width

When trying to come up with a clear vision of where you want to be in the future, you need to get specific.

It’s no good saying you want to be a lawyer with a PhD in medicine that travels the world with an online business that teaches people about fitness.

Although that’d be one heck of a resume…

Instead, you need to choose one thing and stick to it. Don’t change it after 3 months because you don’t think it’s achievable.

You need to have laser-guided focus and never lose sight of the end, no matter how difficult it becomes.


Step 2: Starting at the End

This might seem counter-intuitive at first, but starting at your goal and working backwards is the best way to create a clear path to follow.

Now that you have a vision of where you want to be in life, you need to work out how you’re going to get there.

This can be done in any number of ways. But I’d start off by working out exactly what it would take for you to be living the life you dream of.

Is it earning $20k a month through an online business, or is it $3,000 a month and having the freedom to do whatever you want? Or, is it having a high-paying job in an office and being able to afford amazing holidays a couple of times a year?

Whatever it is, you need to spend a bit of time coming up with a specific goal that, when reached, lets you live this lifestyle.

Personally, I value freedom at the moment. I’ve always placed freedom higher than wealth, and coincidentally I’m now working as a freelancer in Thailand. I’ll let you decide whether or not that’s a coincidence…


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Step 3: Making Your Goals A Reality

Once you have a specific goal, you can start taking action and getting to work.

The way the world is shifting, my number one piece of advice I give to people is to learn a profitable skill.

I won’t go into detail here, you can check out the podcast episode I did all about how to thrive in a skill-based economy if you want to learn more.

In my case, I started with web design and coding. Then, I transitioned into writing, and now I’m doing marketing. The trick is to find something you like and become amazing at it.

You need to become so good at it that people are willing to pay you for your skill. This doesn’t actually take as long as you think, and you’re probably much closer to making it a reality than you think.

Once you find something, it’s just a case of learning how to turn it into a career. There’s a huge amount of information on the internet. Do a search on “how to make money doing X online” or “how to become a better X”.

Take courses, watch videos, read articles, learn from industry experts and most importantly – don’t stop growing. Developing a growth mindset is perhaps the most important thing you can do.

Read: “How to develop a growth mindset”

That takes us into the fourth and final step…


Step 4: Take Action and Learn to Love Failure

You probably saw this one coming. But, I can’t stress enough how important it is that you become an action-taker.

Don’t be someone that spends all their time learning and consuming content, never thinking they know enough.

The best way to learn is through experience. The easiest way to experience is to try and to fail.

I failed more times in the last 5 years than I’d care to admit. Most entrepreneurs fail 4 times before finding success.

It’s a normal part of the process. By breaking your self down and constantly building yourself up stronger each time, you’re always going to learn and grow and eventually you’ll reach your goals.

Now, I’m not going to sugar coat it. The journey is damn hard. There will days you want to give up and go back to the life you were leading before. You’ll think your dream of living in a beachfront villa is stupid and that you’re a fool for ever thinking it would come true.

This happens to everyone.

Your brain is designed to seek safety and comfort. When you do something that puts you outside that comfort zone it’s a natural reaction to get you to stop.

If you can make it through those difficult times, stay consistent, and keep taking action – I guarantee you’ll become an entirely new person by the end.

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The Rest is On You…


Remember, the law of attraction is a tool to make you passionate enough to pursue this path and achieve your goals.

Hopefully, I’ve made it clear enough in this article that a vision board isn’t going to change your life by itself.

Keep that vision in your head of where you want to be. Keep focused on that end goal, but use it to fuel the fire inside of you. Use it to take action.

Now, it’s over to you.


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Until next time.


If you’ve spent any amount of time in the self-improvement space on the internet, you’ve probably heard people mention that you should get a mentor.

You’re told that you can’t become a better person without one, and you need one to achieve your goals.

Now, it sounds great on paper. Having someone guide you through the pitfalls in your life, and knowing how to get you to where you want to be.

But if you’re like I was 5 years ago, with no knowledge of mentors, then this article is for you.

What we’ll be discussing:

  • what is a mentor
  • should you get a mentor
  • why the internet is your most valuable tool
  • how to find a mentor for free

Let’s jump in.


Oh, and if you prefer to listen instead of reading, check out the Life Unlocked podcast episode that goes along with the post!


What Is a Mentor?

Aside from stating the obvious that they’re someone who mentors you.

A mentor is someone that provides coaching or advice on anything from business and mindset to motivation, fitness, health or money.

There’s no end to the number of things you can be mentored in.

It’s just about finding whichever one is the right one for you based on where you’re at the moment.

For example, it could be an online chess teacher reviewing your games or it could be a freelance writer you meet for coffee once a week.

That’s all there is to it.

Now that you know what a mentor is, it begs the question…


Should You Get a Mentor?


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It’s difficult to give an answer to this question that isn’t just – it depends.

Usually, you’ll know if you need to seek out a mentor. You might encounter a specific problem that needs the right guidance. Or you just want advice on how to proceed with a difficult situation.

It’s entirely up to you.

I’ll give a few examples of situations where you may want to consider finding a mentor:

You need guidance for your business: This will only apply to a small minority of people, but if you’re in that position then it’s very to get advice from someone who has been down the same road you’re on. Usually, it comes from someone who is a key figure in the industry you work in.

You want very specific coaching on a skill: This is very popular in sports. Every top athlete has a mentor, although they’re usually known as a coach, to keep on the right track. However, it can be applied to any number of skills, depending on what you want to make progress in. Due to it being more niche, it’s generally higher in price.

You want to improve your mindset: This has become a lot more common over the years. Mentors will often help you to see things in a different way, offer clarity on particular problems, or help you make an important decision. Mindset is a big part of self-improvement, and you’ll often find other mentors helping you build up your mindset to go along with their coaching. Despite this, it’s still possible to find dedicated mindset coaches.

Now, you might be wondering – what if I’m a complete beginner and want to begin improving myself as fast as possible?

Before you start thinking that you need a mentor in order to get anywhere, you’ll be much better off in the long run if you try to work through your problems alone. At least in the beginning.

Fortunately, there’s an amazing wealth of knowledge available to you; especially in the modern era.

Introducing, the internet!


How to Become Your Own Mentor Using the Internet


The internet has become an amazing place over the last 30 years. You can find the answer to any question you have. You can connect with anyone in the world no matter where you are.

This is what makes it the perfect tool to start your journey into personal development.

You can get invaluable advice from:

  • Books
  • YouTube
  • Google
  • Courses (free and paid)
  • Social media

You’re only limited by your imagination.

Now, one thing that’s important to note. There’s definitely a right and a wrong way to go about using these tools. The majority of people use them for entertainment, instead of helping them to become a better person.

Instead of watching videos on mindset and business, you mindlessly browse the internet.

You choose to follow ‘influencers’ and celebrities instead of experts, entrepreneurs, and people who are giving out amazing advice.

You can gain insights into the minds of billionaires. Yet most people would rather read fiction books and escape the real world.

Now, there’s definitely a place for all of the things I’ve mentioned. I’m not saying you abstain from everything you enjoy. Who doesn’t love a good fantasy book?

But, it ties into the mindset portion I mentioned earlier.

The first stages of personal development are about evolving your mind. Learning to go from a fixed to a growth mindset. Finding the right people to follow, and removing any boundaries you might have put on yourself in the past.

With the power of the internet, the sky isn’t even the limit anymore.

It took me a long time to realise that the people I was following online were actually acting as mentors. However, once I opened myself to the possibility that not every mentor needs to know I exist, I noticed a big shift in my mindset.

Suddenly, they were no longer people I was just taking advice from. They were people I could study and model my life after. I could follow in their footsteps, and learn how to fast track my way towards building a business.

What we consume determines the lives that we live.

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I’m always reminded of this quote when I find myself wasting a couple of hours on some mindless activity.

I know that if I continue down that path I’m not going to make any progress.

However, if I become mindful of what I consume then it will have a knock-on effect on the rest of my life. I’ll be more likely to stick to my habits, I’ll be more productive, and I’ll get to where I want to be much quicker.

So to summarise, the internet has an unlimited amount of potential to help you create the life of your dreams. Just make sure you don’t consume the wrong material too often, or you’ll find yourself taking 2 steps forward and 2 steps back.


With that being said, what if you feel like you’ve exhausted the free resources available to you? How do you go about approaching someone to mentor you, and how much should you pay them?

Let’s find out.


How to Find a Mentor for Free


By this point, you’ve probably found some people in your industry that you would love to learn more from.

But how do you go about approaching them?

There’s definitely a right way and a wrong way – and it’s all down to creating value.

You have to remember, the ones at the top of their industry didn’t get there by building poor relationships and wasting their time.

When you’re considering someone to be your mentor, think about how you can offer something to them in return.

The most straightforward way you can do this is by offering your skills.

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If there’s something you can offer that will allow them to get more out of their business, they’re going to be much more receptive to you asking for help.

For example, maybe you’re skilled in marketing and have seen a way that they can optimize a huge part of their sales funnel. Or you might be a graphic designer that wants to help them create social media templates and improve their branding.

That doesn’t mean you should send them a message straight away saying “hey I’ll improve your website if you mentor me”.

Lead with value and focus on building a relationship.

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So instead of saying what I just mentioned, you could send them something like:

“Hey, I really enjoyed your book on A, and it really helped me develop my skills in B. Especially where you talked about C. Speaking of which, I’d love to be able to give back to you in some way, and I think my knowledge in B would be very beneficial to you – especially when it comes to designing your adverts. I think by doing ‘so and so’ you could really get a lot more out of it. I’d handle the whole process, at no cost to you at all. Let me know if you’d be interested in exploring it further and we can jump on a call and get things moving.”

Right, there’s a lot to that message. So let’s try and break it down.

You start by letting them you know you’re a fan of their work, and bonus points if you can point to something specific from them. If they don’t have a book it could be an e-mail they sent, a course they’ve created or something else.

You don’t want to waste words, so don’t spend ages gushing about how much of a fan you are. It doesn’t look good.

Then you mention how you can be valuable to them. Emphasise the fact that you care about their time, and again, don’t waste words. Give them a specific way that you can improve their current situation with as little effort from them as possible.

Notice how at no point did we mention we want them to mentor you?

Like I said earlier, you just want to add value in the beginning, without expecting anything in return.

More than likely they’ll know what they’re doing, but one thing I’ve noticed about people in that position – they love to share their knowledge and help people.

They’re usually some of the most giving people you can find, and if you can build a relationship with them in the long-term you’ll get so much more value out of it than you put in.

Finally, it should go without saying, but don’t just copy what I wrote. Adapt it to suit you and your situation.

Just remember the three key principles:

  • lead with value
  • don’t waste words
  • give more than you take

And before you know it you’ll be well on your way to success.

What If I Want to Pay?

Of course, you can also go the route of paying for someone’s time. If you want to speed up the process and have the capital to invest in yourself, feel free to go that route.

Again, just contact the person, and see if they offer coaching services. If not, see if you can pitch them on a 1-hour call each week for $X. Just make sure you put the advice they give you into action.

The teacher can only be as good as the student wants to be.

So don’t waste their time. Come prepared for each session with questions, struggles, and solutions. Otherwise, you’re just wasting money – and nobody wants to do that.


Mentors can be an invaluable, and almost necessary, resource to catapult you towards success. You just need to know when and how to make use of them.

The rest is up to you.



Hopefully, this article has given you the information you were looking for. If not, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to help!

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As always, thanks for reading.

Until next time.

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How many of you have ever taken up a new activity, only to find yourself lacking motivation and discipline after a few weeks?

You’re definitely not alone.

It’s perfectly normal and is even a necessary part of the journey to overcome gaming addiction.

That doesn’t make it any less annoying to deal with.

But why is it that you can go 6, 10, or 18 hours straight on a video game without breaking focus for a few minutes?

That sounds like the opposite of laziness to me.

In this post, I want to share with you how I channelled my obsessive energy from gaming into pursuing my passions.

Hopefully, by the end of the article, you’ll have a better understanding of why you feel unmotivated to pursue new activities. As well as learning how to focus your energy into meaningful tasks, and really take yourself to the next level.


Be sure to check out the accompanying podcast episode on Gaming the System. Listen as you read!


Gaming Has Numbed Your Emotions


It’s very hard for people to find that same energy and passion they have for games and apply them to other activities.

I’ve experienced it a lot, especially as someone who loves learning as many skills as possible.

However, I always find myself burning out after just a couple of months. It doesn’t sound too bad, I’m pretty knowledgeable in a lot of different things.

But, I know that if I want to be successful I need to focus on one thing and become as good at it as I can.

So, why is this happening?

You have to remember that you’ve been playing video games for a long time.

Most people I know started playing video games when their age was in single figures. In my case, it was around 4 or 5 years old.

When you consider how addictive video games are, and how stimulating they are compared to anything else, you can see how it would have a major effect on the way your brain functions.

While it might seem complex, your brain is actually pretty simple.

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At the end of the day, human beings are animals. Which means we have an animal brain.

This brain has been trained to seek out enjoyment through whatever means possible. In the past, think back thousands of years ago, this hit of dopamine would have come from hunting all day and securing a meal for your family.

Now, you can just turn on your console or whip out your phone and it’s like you’ve been injected with 200 CCs of straight dopamine into your bloodstream.

After continued gaming, your brain becomes hardwired to expect this kind of rush from anything you do.

Therefore, when you take up a new activity and it’s not as fun as you’d like it to be, your brain feels starved.

It’s longing for that hit of dopamine from gaming because literally nothing else can compare to it (apart from perhaps drugs but that’s a different story).

That’s also why we recommend people try to take 90 days off gaming when they want to overcome their addiction. This gives your brain time to reset back to normal levels of dopamine and allows to finally start enjoying things again.

Ultimately, it becomes a battle of how much of a fight you can put up against your own brain. Will you give in to the boredom? Or, will you use your ‘passion’ for gaming and channel it into something productive?


Understanding Why You Play Video Games


We covered this in detail on our recent article about how to quit gaming in college.

To put it simply, the reason why you play video games so much is that it fulfils specific needs. Not just that, but it does so extremely well.

These needs are:

  • Temporary escape
  • Social connection
  • Constant measurable growth
  • To be challenged

It’s pretty difficult to think of a video game that doesn’t fulfil at least 3 out 4 of those needs.

Now, can you think of any activities you do in real life that come to close to that?

You might be able to hit 2 or 3 of them if you’re lucky, and even all 4 in some rare cases. But the path to getting the same dopamine hit from say, running a marathon, compared to beating a boss in a video game is much longer.

Your brain is always going to take the path of least resistance.

So, what you need to do is identify the main reasons why you’re playing video games.

In my case, it was the need to escape.

I wanted to escape from my problems and struggles in my real life, such as my university work.

For you, it could just be that you’re lonely and when you’re online you feel part of a group.

Just take a few minutes – or thirty – to come up with the specific needs you’re fulfilling with gaming, and then when you’re ready, move on to the next step.


Finding the Right Activity For You


You might have already come to this conclusion by now, but the answer to this question isn’t as easy as you’d probably hoped for.

There isn’t one magic activity that will be the perfect mix of socialising, challenge, growth or escape (except for maybe chessboxing, no seriously have you seen this?).

Ultimately, it comes down to one simple thing:

The right activity for you is the activity you choose to do

That’s it.

The truth is, no matter which activity you choose, you’re probably not going to enjoy it at the start.

It’s a matter of sticking with it through the struggles, so you can get to the point where it turns in a passion.

But, it’s not all bad news…

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to speed the process up a bit.

It’s a process I’ve used in the past to become a full-time web developer within 5 months of learning to print “Hello World” in HTML and got my first photography gig within 3 months of picking up a DSLR.

I explained this in a bit more detail over on episode 6 of the Life Unlocked podcast, which you can listen to here.

Basically, it all stems from using the same obsession that allows me to play games for 12 hours straight and channelling it into a particular skill.

It will vary from person to person, but it generally looks like this:

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  1. Become interested in a new skill
  2. Learn a bit more about it by reading and watching content online
  3. Start picturing what it would look like to be an expert
  4. Become obsessed with learning as much as I can in the shortest space of time (courses, books, articles, videos etc.)

Also, if you just want to take something up as a hobby for a couple of hours a week – like learning a language – this probably isn’t the best approach.

This article is about using the same passion you have for gaming and putting it into something else.

So, let’s quickly break down each step one-by-one:


Become Interested In a Skill

For me, the desire to learn a specific skill happens seemingly at random.

I might see something online that catches my eye, and end up going down a rabbit hole of guides and videos. Before you know it I’ve got 3 books about how to forage wild mushrooms getting delivered to my house.

Perhaps you’ve wanted to pursue a particular activity or skill for a while. It could something you’ve wanted to do since you were a kid, or maybe someone you know has become interested in it recently.

You can also check out our list of 60+ hobby ideas if you’re struggling.

Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that will be productive and fulfils a specific need. Watching Netflix isn’t a hobby…

Learn More About It

I like to call this the tutorial phase.

You’re basically trying to understand the mechanics and logistics of learning a skill.

It might seem amazing on the surface, but if it turns out you’ll have to dedicate an entire floor of your house to it then it’s probably not feasible. An extreme example, but you get the idea.

The best way to learn more about a skill is through a combination of the following:

  • books
  • videos
  • articles
  • workshops

If it exists, there’s more than likely a book or video about it. Spend a bit of time learning and then you’ll get a better idea of whether or not it’s a good fit for you.

Again, even if you’re someone who’s creative and are interested in learning high-level calculus, don’t get put off just because you ‘think’ you’re only limited to creative pursuits like art and music. You might be surprised what you learn about if you push your comfort zone.


Picture Yourself as an Expert

This one’s pretty simple.

I’ve talked before about the importance of visualization, and this is no different. I’m always finding myself imagining what it would be like if I was fluent in Japanese or a guitar wizard.

As a result, I get an intense desire to pursue the skill further. Knowing what’s possible and seeing myself achieving it makes a huge difference to whether or not I stick to the activity over the long-term.


It’s Time to Get Obsessed

This is where you start taking it seriously.

Not only are you learning through a few articles or videos, but you’re also learning from courses and might even hire someone to help you.

There a ton of free or paid courses on the internet, so make sure to do your research. Reddit is a great resource, as well as Udemy and Skillshare.

Once you’ve found your path, it’s just a matter of walking it.

Dedicate some time every day devoted to learning and practising your skill. It’s important to get real-world experience as fast as possible.

Even if you only have an hour a day to spare, use that hour. Take some lessons out of Deep Work, and make that hour the most productive hour of your day.

As long as you keep this up consistently, and practise properly, you’ll find yourself becoming a pro in no time.

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Next Steps – What To Do When It Gets Hard


Look, it’s going to be hard.

There will definitely be times where you want to give up on your skill and just try something else.

But you have to avoid this at all costs.

The best way to do it is by building your awareness.

The next time you feel the urge to go back to gaming or quit learning your hobby, try to stop yourself in the moment and think for a second.

Why exactly do you want to quit?

Are you bored? Is it too hard?

What needs are you missing out on?

Perhaps you’ve been so focused on solo skills, and haven’t made any new friends. Or, maybe it’s not challenging enough and you want something more difficult.

Whatever it is, try to become aware of your feelings and desires in the moment. Then it’s just a case of looking for ways to change it.

Just remember to try and remind yourself it’s about the long term.

Really focus on wanting to become the best version of yourself and make it your priority. Make it impossible for you not to become that person.

Eventually, as you phase out gaming for new skills, you’ll see what you were really missing out on in your life. All the missed opportunities and experiences.

After a while you’ll become so in love with the new life you’ve created, you’re probably not going to go back to gaming.

But if you do, just go back to what I said about thinking in the moment. Process your emotions and eventually, you’ll become unstoppable.


As always, thanks for reading.

Until next time.



What is Busy Work?

Busy work is where you trick yourself into thinking you’re being productive.

But, in reality, you’re accomplishing meaningless tasks that aren’t getting you any closer to completing your goals.

Compare that to deep work.

Deep work consists of focused, intentional sessions of work on high-impact tasks.

For example, I’ve recently made a shift towards starting my own digital marketing business.

Every single day I’m having to face a decision about which tasks will bring actual results which tasks make me think I’m being productive.

Sure, I could fine-tune my website or send some tweets.

However, in reality, I’m going to get a lot more benefit if I cold-email 50 people and land one client.

That’s not to say some of the tasks that count as busywork aren’t necessary for a business.

But at the end of the day, you have to consider what the most optimal route is that you can take from where you are now to achieving your biggest goals.


If you’d rather listen to your articles than read them, don’t worry! You can check out the podcast episode all about escaping busy work and using deep work to transform your life.

Listen here!

How do I Know What Counts as Busy Work or Deep Work?


More simply, how do I know which tasks I should be avoiding?

In my case, I’ve got a list of goals of where I want to be three months from now.

It could be something like getting X amount of clients or making a certain amount of money.

Then I work out how to achieve those metrics.

I’ve worked backwards from back-to-front to create a step-by-step process to take me to those goals.

So what does that process look like?

It all starts with a master to-do list.

These are the end goals that you want to complete within 3 or 6 months.

Then ask yourself the question: “What are the exact steps I need to take to achieve these goals?”.

If you want to get 1,000 monthly visitors to your website, what does that look like?

It doesn’t need to be too detailed at this point, just come up with basic steps.

Are you going to post more content, optimize your website and social media, run promotions, paid advertising?

Then it’s just a case of breaking it down into shorter objectives or goals that you can achieve every day.

Following on with the traffic example, your daily task list could look something like this:


Busy work productivity schedule

This took around 15 minutes to make, and I now have an exact task list that I can work on every single day.


A failure to plan is a plan to fail.

That being said, there is still a time and a place for ‘busy work’ in your daily routine.

You still need to do admin work, reply to e-mails, or send some Tweets. However, you should try and schedule time in your day where you’re usually at your least productive to complete these tasks.

Personally, I always hit a slump in the afternoon and am at my most productive in the morning and evening.

Therefore, around 3PM is the perfect time for me to indulge in some busy work and go and hit the gym.

Do what’s best for you though, and if you have no idea what works – try a bunch of things!

Keep testing until you discover your optimum working routine, then it’s just a matter of getting into a deep work state and smashing your goals every day.


Deep Work – A Quick-Start Guide


Deep work can mostly be summed up by one word: Intention.

When you work with a deep intention to be focused and wholly devoted to the task in hand, you’re going to find yourself in a state of deep work.

However, saying it’s about intention isn’t very helpful.

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Fortunately for you, I’ve done the leg-work and read through the amazing book by Cal Newport devoted to this idea of deep work.

Have you ever heard someone tell you to work smart instead of hard?

Well once you start implementing deep work into your daily routine you’ll be the smartest damn worker around.

Just don’t expect it to work straight away. Think of it like a muscle.

The only way you can build it up is by repeatedly training and improving with consistency. You may only be able to hit 30 minutes to start with, but within a few months, you could easily hit 2 hours.


The 4 Key Principles of Deep Work



You’ll never get anything done if you’re trying to complete half a dozen tasks at once.

Stop jumping between multiple things, and stop thinking having 20 tabs open is productive.

Yeah, I’m looking at you.

You need to dedicate yourself to focus on one task and one task only.

No ifs, ands, or buts.


Remove Distractions

Have you ever had your phone next to you while working, only for the screen to light up?

“It’s just a harmless text message, I’ll reply real quick then get back to work.”

Then, before you know it, you get a notification from Twitter and after 20 minutes of scrolling, you accidentally close the app and realise what in the world you were doing.

My personal pre-work routine is:

  • Make sure I have some water
  • Noise-cancelling headphones with non-intrusive music
  • Turn on Do Not Disturb on my e-mails and on Windows
  • Put my phone on silent and zip it away in my bag
  • Review my task list and then get to work

Your mileage may vary, but the most important thing is to make sure your phone is out of sight.

You need to get rid of any and all temptations.


Less Social Media

On the topic of smartphones, social media is another thing you need to clamp down on.

Not only is it an incredibly addicting time-sink, but you’re killing your attention span.

It’s already going to be hard enough for you to focus for extended periods of time, don’t make it any harder for yourself.

Try setting up app timers or locks to ensure you don’t spend more than 30-60 minutes a day on social media. Also, don’t use it at all after a certain time.

You need to wind down at the end of the day, and that involves getting yourself away from needless stimulants like your phone and your TV.

I like to set an “Amish Time” alarm on my phone to remind me when to settle down with a good book and start relaxing.

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Creating Routines

We’ve got a great guide on how to build routines in our recent article on how to quit gaming in college.

But, in Deep Work, Newport outlines a few ways you can introduce the deep work philosophy into your routine without it being obtrusive.

These are as follows:

Monastic Philosophy. Cut out your distractions completely like you would if you were a monk.

Bimodal Philosophy. Alternating between a normal and monastic life. You may have a specific place you go for extended periods such as a remote cabin with limited infrastructure. Carl Jung was a famous example of someone who lived the Bimodal Philosophy.

Rhythmic Philosophy. My personal favourite. This is where you create a fixed time for deep work every day, or on specific days of the week. I like to work between 11am and 4pm, then from 7pm to 11pm.

Journalistic Philosophy. Cal’s favourite. You do deep work whenever you get a chance. Works especially well if you have a busy or unpredictable schedule e.g. journalist.


Lastly, I haven’t included it in the list but a good thing to do is put on a timer.

I like to put one for 90 minutes, and then focus the entirety of those 90 minutes working on a task.

Then you can see how much work you can actually get done, and compare it to how much time you think it takes you.

These are usually vastly different!


Now you’re ready to take on the world.

Well, not quite. But, you can certainly implement the principles in this article in order to create massive change very quickly.

It’s something I’ve used to great effect in my day-to-day life, and I’m sure you’ll get a huge amount of value too.

Don’t forget to check out the podcast episode on deep work here, and let us know what you think. Are you going to implement deep work into your routine? (I hope so)


As always, thanks for reading.

Until next time.

It seems like every other week you hear about how another celebrity or athlete is struggling with addiction.

Usually, the spotlight is on drugs or alcohol. But, more recently, gaming addiction is starting to show up more and more.

You might argue that gaming addiction is preferable to drugs, and strictly from a health standpoint, you may be right. However, there are numerous stories coming to light about how video games have ruined careers, torn families apart, and even caused deaths.

The problem is, while gaming addiction only affects a small portion of the population, there are almost 2.5 billion gamers worldwide.

Couple this with the ease of access to thousands of games thanks to smartphones, it’s no wonder sports stars are turning to gaming as a means to escape their real-world pressures and responsibilities.

What is Video Game Addiction?

Video game addiction is a real mental health condition affecting millions of people around the world.

The World Health Organization recognizes it as gaming disorder and it is “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour, which may be online or offline, manifested by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”

The difference between a healthy fun gaming hobby and an addiction is the negative impact the activity is having in your life.

Related: Take our video game addiction test

Why Are Athletes Turning to Video Games?

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By their nature, athletes are very competitive people. Sports psychotherapist, Steve Pope, spoke about this in an interview on the gaming epidemic plaguing English football:

Footballers have an addictive personality because that’s what makes them good at their job.From an early age at academies, they are conditioned to work for a high, whether that is making a great pass or scoring a great goal. That is the work-for high.

The brain likes that feeling, likes that elation, likes that rush.

But if they are not getting that high from football, they are getting it from something else – alcohol, drugs, gambling or gaming. That is the lazy high. Footballers are trained to be competitive and with the kind of games they are playing, Fortnite or Fifa, they are continually in a competition.

It’s a follow on from playing football.

You could argue that gaming addiction isn’t as serious as an addiction to drugs or alcohol. That just isn’t the case. Regardless of what you’re addicted to, the impacts on your life are still real.

So why video games?

Competing at an elite level is an incredibly high-pressure job.

You’re constantly under the spotlight, have scrutiny from fans, and if you don’t perform you could lose your job and career. Couple this with increasingly stringent rules, testing, and regulations for drugs and alcohol, and you find that athletes are finding other outlets to escape in.

At the end of the day, athletes are people too. They need ways to de-stress just like anyone else. However, as gaming isn’t regulated nearly as much as other vices, the habit often goes unnoticed and untreated.

Players are staying up until 4am the day before a match, which undoubtedly affects their performance.

Can you see the problem there?

Players don’t perform so they escape through gaming. Gaming affects their performance so they escape further into gaming…

You get the idea. It’s a constant cycle of self-fueled negative energy that’s only becoming more prominent as time goes on. When 83% of teenagers play video games regularly, our future professional athletes are developing gaming problems early in life.

Athletes Struggling to Escape the Game

professional athletes addicted to gaming

You might think gaming addiction is an issue that only effects a few amateur athletes.

You couldn’t be more wrong. Even players that are at the top of their game are becoming stricken with gaming disorder.

Neil Robertson

We recently featured Neil’s story on our website, it’s a powerful read and definitely worth your time.

Neil was, and still is, one of the greatest snooker players in the world. He became the world number one three times between 2010 and 2014.

Currently he is sitting at the 4th ranked spot in the world, but his journey hasn’t been without its downfalls.

On the surface is the story of a man riddled with talent, success, and everything he could want out of life. However, strip back the exterior and you find a different tale.

A tale rooted in addiction and neglect.

In one interview, Neil commented on his addiction to gaming:

I probably could have won more tournaments […] I was spending time playing video games when I should have been spending it with my family and on the practice tables. I was addicted to League of Legends, World of Warcraft and FIFA. It was ridiculous. I was staying up all night playing these video games.

Neil has a self-acclaimed addictive personality.

When he was younger he became addicted to snooker, and simply replaced that same addiction with gaming. The rest of his story is truly fascinating, so make sure you read the whole of it here.

Quinn Pitcock

Quinn Pitcock

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In 2007, after being drafted by the Colts out of Ohio State, Quinn Pitcock was showing all the signs of a promising defensive lineman about to make his mark on the NFL.

This made it all the more puzzling when he unexpectedly announced his retirement before the 2008 season. But it wasn’t drugs or alcohol that had caused the demise of his career, as is so often the case.

As it turns out, Quinn had found himself at the mercy of video games. Surrendering his entire day just to get his fix of Call of Duty – his preferred vice at the time.

He’d even spend up to 18 hours a day gaming, at which point it had taken complete control over his life. In an interview with ESPN he discussed the power of his cravings to play games:

The only way I could get my endorphins was by playing video games. I would break the games, try to get rid of them, but I couldn’t stop. I’d say, ‘Quinn, what are you doing?’ Physically, I could not put down a video game.

This is a struggle faced by everyone that suffers from a video game addiction.

That intense desire to play games, to the point that you physically can’t put the controller down, is hard to describe to people who have never suffered.

Related: How to Deal With Cravings

This is why, despite it possibly being detrimental to their careers, we need more athletes and celebrities to speak out about their problems. It helps to raise awareness of the situation, which is one of the most important things we could be doing to speed up the introduction of treatment for gaming addiction.

Top Players in the English Premier League


Top athletes like Neil and Quinn are not alone and in recent years a new epidemic of gaming addiction is starting to spread throughout English football.

Top players, who competed in the World Cup for England and play in one of the best teams in the world, are finding themselves spending the entirety of their free time playing games.

One player, who wanted to remain anonymous spoke about the effect of his gaming addiction on his career:

When I get back from training, the first thing I do is turn the Xbox on to play Fortnite.

I play for about eight to ten hours a day, but I once played 16 hours non-stop the day before a match.

It is quite normal for me to stay up playing until two o’clock or three o’clock in the morning.

I get a lot of eye strain, I am tired the next day and I miss training sometimes.

This isn’t an isolated case, either.

Three of Tottenham Hotspurs’ best players – Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Kieran Trippier – racked up almost 400 hours on Fortnite between them during the World Cup in Russia.

These are players that are under tremendous amounts of pressure, and they should be allowed to de-stress in whatever way they see fit.

However, is spending the majority of your time playing Fortnite the most optimum thing a player at the very top of their game should be doing? When they stay up late playing it brings on eye strain, lethargy, and even back problems.

Related: Parents Guide to Fortnite Addiction

A Prominent NHL Draft Pick

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In 2018 a story broke that a ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>prominent young prospect has likely jeopardized their hockey career because they couldn’t stop playing video games.

I’m not gonna say the player’s name. I really doubt he’s going to make it to the NHL, and it’s because of a video game addiction. […] He’ll play until all hours of the night and into the morning and then he’ll have no energy the next day. Like, he’ll be a write-off. And it is that bad.

As a first-round draft pick for a top NHL team, the player was likely going to become a big name in the sport.

It’s not uncommon for NHL players to unwind with a bit of gaming. Josh Hart and Larry Nance Jr. played Fortnite together for over 10 hours straight before a game. Hart even went on to say that his win on Fortnite almost meant more to him than winning the title.

It raises questions as to whether or not gaming will be banned by teams in the near future. It’ll no doubt increase their performance, but at the same time will likely lead to higher levels of stress and frustration from the players.

Especially with athletes starting to stream on Twitch, they’re dedicating less of their time to their sport and more to gaming.

It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.

Does it Really Matter if Athletes are Addicted to Gaming?


You might be reading this and thinking “Who the hell cares? They earn millions a year they can do what they want.”

In one sense, you’re right. They can do whatever they want. But should they?

Consider these athletes are respected and looked up to by a large number of young people. If they see that their favourite sports stars are playing Fortnite for 10 hours straight every day, they might not see any harm in doing the same.

The risks posed to children who spend an excessive amount of time in front of a screen are well documented. It results in lower psychological well-being, exposes kids to gambling, and even affects mood with links to attention-related disorders.

There might not be anything wrong with an hour or so spent playing games every day, but children are incredibly sensitive to over-stimulation. They don’t know the difference between healthy and unhealthy, all they know is that games make them feel great.

When you try to reduce the amount of screen-time, after a child has become used to a certain way of living, it usually ends with extreme mood swings and even violent tendencies.

In our parent support group on Facebook, we see countless stories from mothers and fathers about how their child has threatened all manner of things if they tried to take their gaming away.

It’s easy to blame the parents for not being more strict, but it’s very different saying that and actually being in the situation.

No doubt kids will use their favourite athlete’s gaming habits to justify their own. Something we commonly saw with the Fortnite World Cup.

What’s in Store for the Future?

All that we can hope as a result of athletes struggling with gaming addiction, is an increase in awareness and support of a problem that affects millions of people worldwide.

Once the proper support systems are in place, we can go about developing treatment programs for those in need.

The WHO’s decision to classify Gaming Disorder was a huge step forward. We’ve also seen a huge increase in exposure from the media and celebrities about the extent of video game addiction.

Even so, we’re a long way away from where we want to be in the future.

There’s still a lot of work to do. Not just here at Game Quitters, but for families all around the world who are affected.

Welcome to our guide on How to Quit Gaming in College. Use the table of contents or continue reading…

On college campuses around the world, millions of students are being impacted by a silent phenomenon: Problematic gaming.

Student affairs departments are under more strain than ever before and technology has become a central part of the student learning experience.

It’s no wonder then that with this increased reliance on technology, many people have turned a blind eye to the negative consequences beginning to arise.

But, what if you’re one of these students?

You know that you’re spending too much time in front of a screen, and you want to make real, actionable, change. But, you have no idea how.

Do any of these sound familiar?

  • You don’t have as great a social life as you’d like, and you’ve been suffering from depression or anxiety
  • You’ve stayed up late playing video games because you were procrastinating or just wanted to escape real life
  • You’ve halfheartedly attempted to complete your work the night before but knew you could do better
  • After a spur of motivation, you vow not to stay up late again, and try to reset your sleep schedule with an all-nighter
  • It works! But a few days later you’re back to your old routines

Let’s face it, if you’re in this position it’s not easy to escape from. Either you have all the knowledge but lack the discipline to make it work, or you are disciplined, but you have no idea where to start.

Fortunately, this article exists. Don’t just read it and expect your life to change, though. You have to go all in. You have to commit to making your life better.

How to Quit Gaming in College: An Overview

Before we get started, I wanted to remind you that this isn’t go to be easy. There are going to be times where you want to give up. Times where you want to do nothing else but go back to your old routines.

This isn’t a sprint. You can’t do 30 days of hard work and expect everything to be perfect.

This is a journey.

Don’t let this put you off, though. Myself, and thousands of others, are proof that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

My College Gaming Addiction Story

james goodI’m James. I played my first video game when I was 4 years old. Super Mario 64 to be precise.

Initially, gaming was a family treat. Once a week we’d get a console out, either the Nintendo 64 or SEGA Megadrive, and play for a few hours in the evening.

As time went on, and as technology became more powerful, I found myself spending much more time in front the screen.

Don’t get me wrong, I still had an incredibly active life.

Growing up in a small rural town in England ensured I had my fair share of the outdoors. I played football with my friends at the park, I rode my bike down to the shops, and I was even a part of the local Scout group.

It wasn’t until the Xbox 360 came out, and online gaming took over, that I really started to get hooked.

I still remember the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion coming out. Watching the sweeping panoramas of the introduction cutscene is a memory that still remains to this day.

Combine the immersive RPG gameplay of Oblivion with the cutting edge multiplayer of Call of Duty 4 and I was in heaven.

It wasn’t just me and my cousin trying to avoid screen cheating, I could play with anyone. Anywhere. It was incredible.

As soon as I got in from school I’d meet all of my friends and we’d waste the evening away ‘fragging noobs’ together. The next day we’d reminisce some of the epic moments that happened the night before, and come school ending, we’d repeat the process all over again.

For me, however, gaming was always something more than it was for my friends. I was great at it. I enjoyed it.

More than anything, though… I escaped in it.

Related: How to Avoid Escapism

Gaming was a place for me to escape my real-world problems; overdue homework, bad relationships, a deteriorating mental health.

That’s when it became a problem.

Once I got to college, I suddenly found myself inundated with responsibility. I’d never been in a position where it was solely up to me, and me alone, to get my work done, to cook, clean and do laundry. I was in over my head.

What did I do? I played video games.

I wasn’t even enjoying them at this point. They were just a means to escape from all of the problems that I’d caused. When I was inside that world these problems disappeared.

I was in control.

Nothing can harm you when you’re inside a video game. Sure, you can die or lose the game, but in reality what really happens? Nothing. Absolutely nothing at all.

You simply hit respawn and you’re alive again.

The real world isn’t like that, but I never had anyone tell me. I had to find out the hard way.

Before you get too down, this story does end well… Eventually.

How Tai Lopez and His Garage Saved My Life

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Yes, you read that correctly. Sometime in my second year, something changed inside me.

You might remember a certain sleazy-looking businessman standing in front of a new Lamborghini, talking about how he reads a book a day and has gained so much ‘knawledge’.

I don’t think I’d ever watched an entire YouTube ad, not least one that is 10 minutes long. But there was something about this one that made me stay. 10 minutes later and I’d been introduced into the world of entrepreneurship.

I had always had a traditional view on life. Get good grades, go to college, get a good job, buy a home, etc. After that one video I realised an entirely different path existed. One where I could be free to do what I want, where I want.

I always think of that day as the time I stopped caring out university.

I spent a lot of time blaming depression, gaming, or anxiety on me dropping out of university. In reality, however, I think I just stopped putting my heart into it. I knew I wanted something else.

It was after being made aware of the world of personal development, that I decided to look at what I could change in my life.

The first thing to go? Gaming.

I did a quick Google search on How to quit gaming in college, and up popped Game Quitters.

Everything I read in the Respawn Guide resonated with me on another level. It was as if Cam had the script to the last 6 years of my life.

I immediately started a journal on the forums, and started my journey into overcoming video game addiction.

What a journey it was.

Fast forward 4 years, and after countless times going in and out of gaming I finally managed to beat it.

During that time I’d been in deep pits of depression, I became a Twitch Streamer and #1 player in the world, I tried playing in moderation, and I even deleted all of my games.

It was an uphill battle. One that took much longer than I initially thought it would. Despite all of that, it did eventually end. I overcame my addiction, and I don’t think I’ll play video games again for the rest of my life.

Now I’m writing this article having just started a new life in Thailand. I get to travel the world, work from wherever I want, eat meals for £1 and meet amazing people.

Real-life is definitely worth fighting for.

How to Quit Playing Video Games in College Now

A quick recap:

  • This isn’t going to be easy, you will struggle at times.
  • Quitting gaming is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • You have to be willing to commit 100%. No half measures.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It helped me through my journey, and it will help you too.
  • Make sure you start today. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Today.

Let’s get started.

Step 1: Understand Why You Play Video Games

In our experience, we’ve found four specific reasons why we game:

  1. Temporary escape.
  2. Social connection.
  3. Constant measurable growth.
  4. Challenging.

These are all basic needs, and it’s more than possible to fulfill them all in your everyday life. However, gaming is so good at doing this already, what’s the point in doing anything else?

Let me ask you this.

Do you think you’d be happier if your only social connections are online, or if you met up regularly with friends in-person at bars, cinemas, dance classes and on hikes?

Would you be healthier if the only goals you achieved were higher levels and better equipment, or if you ran a marathon and became a black belt in jiujitsu?

Where’s a better place to escape – inside a video game or at the top of a mountain looking across endless valleys watching the golden sun settle down beneath the horizon?

There are plenty of ways to fulfill those four needs, but it’s up to you whether you choose the healthy or unhealthy ones.

Knowing why you’re so drawn to gaming in the first place is the key to being successful. Once you identify the individual needs you’re fulfilling, you can work on replacing gaming with other activities that meet those same needs.

Related: 70+ New Hobby Ideas to Replace Gaming

Eventually, you won’t even enjoy gaming anymore. You’ll have created a life so extraordinary that gaming will feel boring in comparison.

Remember, you’re quitting video games because you want to. Not because anyone else wants you to. You’re in control, and you don’t need to justify this decision to anyone else.

We want to help you quit gaming in college and start living a life you can be proud of. You should wake up feeling excited. Determined. Fulfilled.

Step 2: Identify the Reasons Why You Play Video Games

You’re going to want to get hold of a pen and paper, or your favourite note-taking program. I know, we didn’t tell you there’d be homework.

We mentioned the four main reasons why people play video games in the previous section, but everyone plays for different reasons.

Maybe you’re trying to avoid a specific problem in your life, be it in college or at home.

Perhaps you’ve just had a break-up and find yourself feeling depressed.

Or maybe you just feel like a loser. Gaming is the only place where you can be who you want to be, without anyone telling you otherwise.

Action Step: Take 10 minutes to write down the specific reasons why you play.

Spend some time thinking. It’s okay to go away from this article – find some headspace, go for a walk, get a coffee at your favorite café and really think about this.

Try to be as clear as possible with your reasons. It’ll make a big difference later on.

This is an important step, albeit a small one, that will help make sure your journey to quit is as successful as it can be.

Once you’re ready, move on to the next step.

Step 3: Filling the Void – How to Find Fulfillment After You Quit

When you quit gaming in college for the first time, you’ll start to realise just how much free time you have.

We like to call this ‘the void’.

As you know, gaming fulfills certain needs. However, not only did they fulfill these needs, they also took up a lot of free time.

We’ll be going over how to set specific goals later on, but in this chapter we want to come up with some activities to fill up your free time.

These activities will have to fulfill the same needs that gaming did.

As it turns out, there are three types of activities you’ll need to successfully replace the void created by video games:

  1. A Mentally Engaging Activity – Video games are mentally stimulating. No one can argue that. It’s the reason why 6 hours can go by in the blink of an eye. Finding a mentally engaging activity is crucial to give you something to pursue, something to improve. It enables you to see real growth and progress every single week.
  2. An Activity for Resting – When you come in from a busy day in college or your job, what’s the first thing you do? Sit down, turn your console on, and spend the evening playing video games. You’ve done everything you need to do for the day, so why bother doing any more work than you need? Resting activities require low investment of energy; for example reading, podcasts, documentaries.
  3. A Social Activity – Gaming has only grown to the size that it has due to the presence of online multiplayer. The social aspect of video games is taken for granted now, and it definitely wouldn’t be the same without it. Most likely, all of your friends are online. So, when you quit, you lose touch with these friends too. Human beings are social creatures, and finding activities that let you explore this further are ideal for making the journey as smooth as possible.

Action Step: Write down at least 3 activities for each type

If you’re stuck for ideas, here are some things you can do to conjure up some activities:

  1. Use our hobby tool to find some new and interesting activities to try
  2. Think back to what you enjoyed when you were younger; climbing, soccer, drawing etc
  3. Your college will have dozens of clubs where you can not only discover new and interesting hobbies, but also meet like-minded people that could become great friends in the future.
  4. Do you have anyone you look up to or admire? Celebrities, athletes, writers. Do they have any interesting hobbies that you can try out?

You can also use this strategy in the next step when we cover goal-setting, which is crucial to ensuring success. By doing this now, it’ll help to give you more direction when you start your journey later.

It’s also worth noting that you’re not going to enjoy every activity as soon as you pick it up. Gaming has desensitized you to finding enjoyment in other things, and true passion is developed over time through challenge and experience.

Don’t give up too quickly. You will regret it.

Finally, we’re going to whittle down your activities into specific situations. Here’s a great template from our Respawn program that we’ll share with you today:

  • To be mentally engaged my go-to activity will be:
  • When I’m tired my go-to activity will be:
  • To make more friends my go-to activity will be:
  • When I feel bored my go-to activity will be:
  • When I’m feeling stressed my go-to activity will be:

Oh, and try to come up with backups for the main types of activities. Some times you simply won’t want to do your main one, so it’s always a good to idea to have something to fall back on.

Changing Your Environment Is the Key to Your Success

You might not realise it, but the places you spend most of your time are having a profound effect on your motivation, your productivity, and your mental health.

I found it much easier to avoid gaming if I simply avoided the environments where my video games were.

If I had the urge to play, I’d go to a coffee shop, or the library. When I was at home I had a tendency to mindlessly browse the internet and watch YouTube videos.

Related: How to Deal with Cravings

Try to think of a few different environments you can go to if you start to feel a bit stuck. What situations would you go to each one?

Once you’ve brainstormed a few ideas, you’re ready to move onto the next step.

Step 4: Goal Setting: Why Do You Want to Quit Gaming in College?

The goal is to look back at these notes in 3 months time and reflect on your journey.

It’ll give you an idea of how far you’ve really come. As humans we tend to underestimate how much progress we really make.

This is your chance to determine the kind of person you want to become. You quite literally get to shape your life into whatever you want it to be.

Without a clear vision of where you’ll be in the future, you’re unlikely to succeed.

I’m a big proponent of visualisation. I often find myself imagining what it would be like to live in my dream house, the feelings I’d get when I’m lying on a tranquil beach, the feeling of waking up next to someone I truly love.

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it. -William Arthur Ward

You don’t have to think too big to start with. As long as you have some concrete goals in place, you’ll be 10x better off than without them.

How to Create SMART Goals

SMART simply stands for:






It’s a common method of goal-setting that will really help you follow through on what you want to achieve.

For example, you might want to start playing the piano when you quit gaming in college.

But, having the goal to “play piano” won’t be taken as seriously as “within 3 months I will be able to play Clair de Lune by Debussy.”

See the difference?

“I want to learn Spanish” VS “I will take 2 Spanish lessons every week and pass the B1 conversational level test within 6 months”.

Use this framework to set some goals of your own. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do since you were a kid, this is the place to put it into writing.

If you have absolutely no idea what you want to do, that’s OK. Take some time off to have a think. Start small. What’s a project you could launch? What’s a new skill you’ve always wanted to learn?

Action Step: Spend some time writing down what you want to achieve after you quit gaming in college using the SMART goal formula.

This step might take the most time out of all of them. But, as we said, this is a marathon, not a sprint.

In a months time, you might even find yourself wanting to do something completely different.

All that matters is you hit the ground running. The easier you make the start of this journey for yourself, the more successful you will be.

A failure to plan is a plan to fail.

If you start without any clear directions of what to do, you’ll spend your time watching YouTube or mindlessly browsing the internet.

Now’s the time to shape your future.

Step 5: Overcoming Poor Mindsets

Did you know there are over 2.5 billion active gamers in the world?

Gaming has become so common, and the barrier to entry so low, that everywhere you go you have access to video games.

This where is where creating a greater barrier of entry, through the understanding of two specific cognitive biases, comes into play.

“Cognitive biases are tendencies to think in certain ways that can lead to systematic deviations from a standard of rationality or good judgment.”

Although there are many cognitive biases, we’re going to focus on two of them:

  • The sunk cost fallacy
  • Loss aversion
Sunk Cost Fallacy

This bias is commonly misinterpreted as the idea that you make rational decisions based on the future value of objects and investments.

In reality, your decisions are tainted by the emotional investments you accumulate. The more you invest in something the harder it becomes to abandon it.

As a gamer, this is something you’ve experienced a number of times. Think about how it would feel to lose a character you’ve spent hundreds of hours working on. All the gear you’ve collected and levels completed, all gone.

Not to mention people that have an extensive library of games in their collection. PC gamers are especially guilty of this. How many steam sales and Humble Bundles have you taken part in only to never play any of the games?

Therefore, even if you want to quit, you’re worried about losing your characters, your progress, all that time invested. You can’t just give that up.

The sunk cost fallacy is incredibly powerful, but when you overcome it, you will experience a sense of freedom you’ve likely never felt before.

Loss Aversion

Loss aversion is the psychological tendency to avoid losses, instead of acquiring gains.

Instead of going out there and taking control of your life, accomplishing goals, and becoming more fulfilled, we prefer to play games that are familiar.

We’d rather avoid losing our beloved characters, than level ourselves up in the real world. Despite knowing, deep inside, that making better choices about our actions will make us happier in the long run.

Understanding these biases is key to understanding your emotional state.

You might think you’ve got the strongest willpower on the planet. But you should never underestimate the power that your emotions can have on you, especially during a detox.

You’ll find an endless number of ways to justify your actions, justifications that, in the moment, will appear completely logical. Yet when you reflect back on it you’ll wonder why in the world you acted on them so irrationally.

However, if you’re aware of what you’re doing, you can steer yourself in a direction. You can learn how to consciously affect your actions. The power to become who you want to be now lies directly in your hand.

I want you to take a deep breath, because the next step is going to take some time to process.

You’re going to delete your video games.

This is truly the defining factor as to whether you’ll be successful. I know that a lot of you will read that and stop.

You’re never going to get rid of your games, this guide is stupid, you know better blah blah blah.

Don’t be one of these people. You’re stronger than that. You’re better than that.

Remember why you’re doing this. Picture your ideal life. Truly imagine it.

Does the person in this future life play video games for 10 hours a day?

Hell no.

So now we’ve separated the wheat from the chaff, we can move onto the defining moment of your future.

It’s time to power off.

Step 6: Delete Your Games

I’m sure you’ll agree that avoiding video games will be much easier if you don’t have any video games to play, right?

Here’s a checklist of what you’re going to do by the end of this section:

  1. Uninstall all games
  2. Delete all of your accounts
  3. Decide what to do with your gaming consoles
  4. Find a way to avoid gaming-related content (YouTube, Twitch, music)

Let’s tackle them one by one.

Uninstalling your games

If you’re a Steam user, this one’s pretty simple.

Although it might be tempting to delete the steamapps folder on your computer, that can still leave game files lying about.

All you have to do is right click on each game in your library and delete local files.

For external games, such as Fortnite, Path of Exile, League of Legends, you can usually find an uninstall button on the launcher.

It’s a similar process on consoles. Just go to your library, select each game and press uninstall.

Deleting your accounts:

This one takes a bit more time, as you might have quite a few accounts.

For PC users, we have some useful available on YouTube:

How to Delete Your Steam Account

How to Delete Your League of Legends Account

For most other games if you do a Google search for “X account deletion” you can usually find a guide available.

This step might have been quite difficult for you, you probably even felt the sunk cost fallacy taking effect.

Taking care of your consoles

Most people have at least one console lying around the house.

Whether it’s shared by the family and used for watching TV/movies, or you have a Wii U for those Nintendo exclusives, deciding what to do with them can be a tough choice.

Personally, I decided on locking my consoles away. I put them in a cupboard and then gave the cables to my parents to hide somewhere.

I can quite happily have the Xbox One sitting in the lounge being used as a media center. But reaching that point can take a lot of time and effort.

Some other things you can try:

  • Give them to someone else
  • Sell them (recommended)

You might be surprised at how much money you can get for them.

Avoiding game-related content

This is an incredibly important, but undervalued, step.

Imagine putting all of this effort into quitting video games, only to spend the next 90 days watching Twitch streams and highlights of eSports tournaments on YouTube.

You will never get anything productive done, all you will want to do is play games.

That’s why it’s crucial to put a block on anything that might cause you to relapse (more on relapsing later).

Our favourite ways to block websites on your browser are:

  • BlockSite
  • StayFocusd
  • Cold Turkey

I found it helpful to put a total block on sites like YouTube, Twitch and Reddit. Then, after a few months I allowed myself an hour a day, usually around lunch, where I’m free to watch something as long as it wasn’t gaming.

If you still want to watch YouTube, I highly recommend installing the Distraction Free YouTube extension.

That’s it. You’ve successfully powered off.

Step 7: Building New Habits and Staying Productive

Before we go any further, I want you to take a moment and congratulate yourself.

You deserve to feel proud of what you’ve done, it’s a huge step to undertake. You had the courage to make a positive change in your life.

Better yet, you did it all on your own. Sure, we provided some guidelines, but you actually followed-through and took action.

Recognising what you’ve done is an important habit to introduce to your life. It’s crucial for helping to build your confidence and self-esteem.

Both of which a lot of gamers, myself included, are lacking.

Here’s a great sentence from our Respawn program, where a lot of the ideas in this guide have come from:

Recovery begins by acknowledging that you’re closing a chapter — one where you played games — and starting a new one — where you don’t.

Most people know what they need to do, but it’s only the few who do that live truly remarkable lives. So from this point forward let’s continue to be honest with ourselves.

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Let’s have a quick recap:

  • You’ve learnt the exact reasons why you play video games
  • You have a better understanding behind why you get addicted
  • You’ve created some kick-ass SMART goals to really give yourself direction
  • Came up with some hobbies and activities you want to try out
  • Deleted all of your accounts and games, and removed distractions from your life

I don’t know about you but to me, those don’t sound like things a lazy, ‘useless’ gamer could. Right?

You’re a damn superhero. You’ve taken your powerful video game character and brought it into the real world. Except it’s not a character, it’s you. You’re the one that’s in charge now.

Let’s take this motivation, this urgency, and this longing to be better and start really taking steps to transforming your life.

The first item on the list – Habits.

How to Build Habits the Right Way

Will Durant, a famous historian and philosopher, once said:

We are are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

It might take some time to internalise, but you need to realise wherever you are in your life right now, is the result of every decision and habit you’ve acted on throughout your life.

There are some situations that are quite clearly out of your control, but you always have a choice to make.

None of these decisions are unimportant. Every single one is either a positive or a negative. With each decision you make, you’re building up or breaking down your character.

So how can you begin making the right decisions? It all starts with your habits.

Have a quick think. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Do you pick up your phone and check your e-mails, or do you get up, grab some water, and go for a run?

The problem with habits is that you don’t realise you’re doing them. But what exactly causes us to build these routines?

game quitters habit loop

This won’t make much sense at first, but let’s use our previous example of waking up.

In this case, the trigger might be your alarm going off and you picking up your phone to silence it.

When you pick up your phone to silence it, you see that you’ve got some notifications so you decide to unlock your phone and read them.

Finally, the reward in this scenario is that you get to catch up on everything you might have missed after you went to sleep. Memes in your group chats, a new video from your favourite creator, whatever it might be.

Before you know, it 60 minutes has gone and now you have to rush to get ready for your lectures. You might skip showering, choose an unhealthy breakfast, or forget something important.

Now let’s look at it a bit differently.

Your alarm goes off, like normal, but instead of checking your notifications you put your phone back down, get out of bed, slip on your exercise gear, and go for a 20 minute run.

Imagine how much more alert and focused you’d feel in your classes if you did this every day.

I reckon you’d see your grades, health, and relationships improve within 6 weeks, no questions asked, just by replacing 1 or 2 of your habits.

Action Step: Spend 10 minutes writing down your current habits

What do you do when you wake up? What about before bed? Do you automatically watch a YouTube video when you sit down to eat? What do you do the moment you get back to your room after college?

Once you’ve done this, try to go through the habit loop with each one. What are your triggers, your actions, and your rewards?

Done? Great.

Now we can go about creating some awesome new habits.

How to Replace Old Habits With New Ones

As empowered as you might be feeling, we’re not actually going to do too much at this point. You see, if you try and do too much at once, after a week or two you’re almost guaranteed to fail.

The key to building habits is to take them one at a time, and build them up slowly. If you managed to create a new habit every 60 days, imagine where you’ll be in 10 years time.

Remember what we said earlier?

This is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s better to take it slow, than to burn yourself up in a month and get angry because you think the process doesn’t work.

I’m here to tell you that the steps outlined in this article 100% work. I’m living proof of that. But ONLY if you take it slow. Grow over time, and don’t try to take on too much at once.

You might be a real life superhero but that doesn’t mean you’re invincible.

Action Step: Create one habit that you want to introduce into your life

It could be as simple as:

When I wake up I will drink two glasses of water.


I will read at least 5 pages every night before I go to sleep.

The key here is to make them simple enough that you can do them every single day.

Once you’ve decided on your habit, set an alarm or a reminder either on your phone or on a sticky note attached somewhere you’ll see it every day.

Another great thing to do is get a calendar with those big square boxes, and every time you successfully complete a habit, put a big X in today’s date.

Eventually, you’ll have a long and (hopefully) unbroken chain made up of X’s. You’d be amazed at what kind of psychological effect seeing that chain grow every day has on your ability to maintain a habit.

Read more about the X effect here.

After you’ve successfully completed one habit for 60 days, you can either choose to chain it with another habit, or create a new one.

For example: If you decide to chain –  “when I wake up I will drink 2 glasses of water and do 10 pushups” or if you choose to create a new one – “Once I brush my teeth, I will floss at least one tooth.”

Floss one tooth, I know what you’re thinking. That’s so ridiculously easy. It’s not easy if you’re going from 0 – 1 overnight.

The likely situation is that you floss one tooth, and then decide to floss the rest of them. The important thing is to initiate the habit. Eventually you’ll floss every night without fail.

And it all started with one tooth.

I know what you’re saying as you read this…

“But James, whenever I’ve tried to make habits in the past I couldn’t stick to them… I just don’t have any willpower.”

You’re not alone. I used to think I had the smallest reserve of willpower that’d ever existed in the history of humanity.

It may not have been the smallest on record, but it was pretty close.

Willpower is a skill that can be learned. It’s a muscle that can be trained.

The only reason why you don’t think you have any is because of one of two reasons:

  • You didn’t try hard enough and failed to hold yourself accountable
  • You tried to take on too much at once and burnt out

Why am I placing so much emphasis on habit forming?

When you quit gaming in college you’ll find yourself feel urges to play far stronger than you could imagine. It’s as if you’re being physically pulled back to the games.

When you find yourself in a position like that, all you have left to fall back on is your mindset, willpower, and your habits. As long as you have some constant in your everyday life, you can take this journey one day at a time.

Heck, even just one hour at a time. If you can build a solid foundation now, you’ll never fail again.

I won’t go into anymore detail on habits here, you’ve got enough to take you to where you need to be.

A good book to read on developing habits is Atomic Habits by James Clear.

Your Life is In Your Hands

There we have it. Your ultimate guide on how to quit gaming in college.

You’ve taken the first steps that few others dared to take. In years to come you’ll look back on this moment as the day your life changed forever.

Your days of being a ‘gamer’ are over. You’re not going to settle for anything less than greatness, and you’re never going to back down from a challenge.

You’ve done the hardest part, but what happens from here is entirely up to you.

A big part of quitting gaming is learning how to effectively deal with relapses. They happen to everyone.

I think during the last 5 years of my journey I’ve relapsed in and out of gaming a dozen times.

It’s all a part of the process. Just remember, there will be tough days and there will be easy days.

There will be days where you’re practically unable to get out of bed, and days where you’ll be bursting with energy.

All you can is to trust in what you’ve learned. Maintain good habits, focus on building awareness of your situation, and eventually the good days will start to outweigh the bad.

Think of it like a wave. Try not to get too attached to how you’re feeling in the moment, just try to be present and aware of what’s happening.

Let the emotions come and go. They’re an experience to learn from.

If you feel trapped or stuck, come and read through this guide again.

Post on our forums and ask for advice. There’s a huge community of people that are willing to support you, no matter what the problem might be.

Check out some of the stories of ex-gamers and learn to understand what’s truly possible if you put your mind to it.

This is your time. Real life is worth fighting for.

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“The best decision I have made in my life, honestly.”
– David

““I grew my YouTube channel to 432,700 subscribers. Trust me, doing a double backflip is cooler than getting an epic mount.”
– Gerard

“I have lost 40 pounds, become a model, and broke up with my fiancé.”
– Faris

“Got me a 4.0 in college after quitting games. No regrets and no fear.”
– Matt S.

Pewdiepie’s net worth is currently estimated to be: $30,000,000.

Back in the day, Pewdiepie was simply known as ‘that Swedish guy who screams at horror games’. Fast forward to 2019 and who would have guessed a random YouTuber playing Amnesia in their room would turn into one of the most widely recognized sensations on the internet.

With almost 100,000,000 YouTube subscribers, Pewdiepie has no doubt seen his fair share of controversies. However, type ‘Pewdiepie’ into Google and the first term that comes up is related to his net worth.

Why are people so obsessed with how much money it is? Unfortunately, we haven’t got an answer for you here. What we can tell you is how he makes his money, and a bit about his rise to fame from hot dog salesman to internet stardom.

Who Is Pewdiepie?


Pewdiepie, real name Felix Kjellberg, was born on 24th October 1989, in Gothenburg, Sweden. He had always been a keen gamer and had a deep interest in art from an early age.

After graduating high school he went on to study industrial economics. But, not long after starting, Felix felt that he didn’t belong there and made the decision to drop out. He wanted to focus on what made him happy and at the time that meant recording himself playing video games and uploading his videos to YouTube.

He managed to get by initially by selling art he’d created on Photoshop and even worked at a hot dog stand to make some extra money. Despite that, he has said in the past that the start was definitely a difficult time for him. However, I doubt he has any regrets about sticking with it through to the end!

Unbelievably, just over a year after dropping out he gained his first million subscribers in July 2012. Something that seems almost impossible in today’s world.

His popularity increased rapidly from that point onwards, becoming the most talked-about internet personality around the world. You couldn’t mention YouTube in school without hearing the name Pewdiepie, and it seemed like everyone you spoke to was subscribed to him at some point.

How He Makes His Money

pewdiepie's net worth

It’s probably not that surprising that bringing in YouTube views can bring in a hefty income alone.

Since starting his channel Felix has amassed more than 22 billion views across his entire channel and pulls in over 420 million views each month.

These views alone are responsible for the majority of his income, pulling in an estimated monthly earnings of $500,000 per month or $6,000,000 per year. That’s definitely not chump change by any means.

However, on top of his crazy viewership numbers, there’s no doubt he also receives money for sponsorships. Pewdiepie doesn’t have a reputation for selling out in every video, but he does do paid promotion at times. It’s impossible to know how much you’d have to pay him to promote a product, but I’d wager it’s a small fortune.

Pewdiepie’s Net worth

pewdiepie's net worth

It’s fair to say $30,000,000 is a fair estimate of Pewdiepie’s net worth, taking into account the amount of money he has earned, as well as the cost of gaining YouTube numbers of this magnitude.

Are his earnings more or less than you thought? Whatever the true number is, it’s a lot. Amazingly, Felix isn’t the highest-earning YouTuber. That title goes to Ryan ToysReview, a 7-year-old kid that reviews toys for parents.

Crazy, I know.

It goes to show the opportunities out there for people to make money in the modern age. We have teenagers becoming multi-millionaires overnight by playing video games and kids earning tens of millions making YouTube videos.

If you’ve ever dreamed of having more in your life; be it money, happiness, or friendships, but you’re stuck in the virtual world, you should consider getting away from video games for 90 days.

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Last week, Kyle Giersdorf AKA Bugha won a record-breaking $3 million in the Fortnite World Cup.

Imagine being 16 years old, and in the blink of an eye you’re the most talked about teenager in the world – oh and you’re also a multi-millionaire.

It wasn’t without its issues, as Kyle’s parents have stated they tried to take his games away from him because he was playing too much. Sounds like a familiar story, right?

Now, how many kids out there are going to be telling their parents that they want to become the next Fortnite world champion? How many are going to use it as an excuse to justify their excessive gaming?

Esports undoubtedly has its positives, and at Game Quitters we’re not against it at all. However, there is definitely an ugly side to the sport.

No idea what eSports are? Check out Beginner’s Guide to Esports.

Fortnite World Cup Recap:

The Good

As the global eSports market breaks through the $1 billion revenue mark, it’s clear that there’s a huge amount of support for the industry. Up by 27% from last year, there’s no doubt that it’s a market on the rise.

With this increase in popularity comes a range of benefits for gamers all around the world:

  • Gaming is a viable career option. Whether you want to become a competitive player, a commentator, a coach, or even work behind the scenes on marketing or lighting. There are loads of opportunities for you out there.
  • Traditional sports have always been an option for people who want to go to college, and now gamers can join in too. Esports scholarships are becoming widespread throughout universities all over the world.
  • More awareness will lead to more support for people pursuing this kind of lifestyle. A greater emphasis will be put on the health and wellbeing of the players, and we can eventually move away from the idea that you have to spend 16 hours a day playing video games to become the best. Regardless of the mental and physical health problems that this lifestyle might entail.

Esports is the perfect setting to spread these messages that you can do whatever you want in your life and achieve your dreams while maintaining a healthy lifestyle and most importantly – have a backup plan.

kid playing video game

The Bad

Without a doubt, the number one concern that has popped up since the Fortnite World Cup has been about excessive gaming.

Young people are already spending way too much time on Fortnite, and now – in their eyes – they have a reason to play even more.

Fortunately, Bugha was one of the few people able to balance gaming and school. He managed to achieve good grades while still becoming the best Fortnite player in the world.

But, for the majority of kids, something like that is impossible. It certainly was for me back in school.

We’re starting to hear stories of young people playing for over 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and choosing to neglect their real-world responsibilities.

This is where the bad side of the Fortnite World Cup comes into play.

If you’re a parent reading this and want to get help for your child’s excessive playing, check out our Parent’s Guide to Fortnite Addiction.

More children are using this $3 million prize as a justification for their excessive gaming habits. Which wouldn’t be a problem if you were guaranteed to earn millions.

However, the chance of becoming an eSports pro is much lower than any other ‘traditional’ sport. Not only that, but the average age of the players in the Fortnite World Cup was 14. This might seem shockingly low, but when you consider the age of retirement in competitive gaming is 22, it makes much more sense.

The Ugly

This is where we move away from the individual players, and instead look towards the industry.

Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, have made over $4 billion from the game already. Therefore, it makes sense that they can offer $30 million dollars for the biggest eSports tournament of all time.

However, they also stated that they don’t do any research on the potential harms of the games. Epic are happy to promote their game to millions of people around the world and hold huge events, but they can’t spare any resources to help the minority that truly struggles with gaming.

It’s been stated time and time again that the industry should take more responsibility for the well-being of their players. It would be a drop in a bucket for these companies to invest in research and provide helpful services to those in need.

There’s a vast array of data that would be invaluable for professionals to provide better treatment for gaming addiction, but the industry remains silent.

Related: The Future of Gaming Disorder Research and Player Protection: What Role Should the Video Gaming Industry and Researchers Play?

Some countries have even stated that the classification of gaming disorder by the WHO will put a dent in their gaming profits.

When industries start putting their shareholder’s pockets above the health of their players, that’s when you know there’s a problem.

GTA Online – Is it an innocent video game or unregulated gambling?

Up until this week the answer would be gaming, 100% of the time.

However, a few days ago Rockstar released a fully-fledged casino into their already bustling world of GTA online.

This wouldn’t usually be a problem for an 18+ game except it’s pretty clear, if you spend any amount of time on the game, that it’s inhabited my children.

I don’t think I need to tell you that introducing kids to gambling is a bad idea. But if you had any doubts, a ton of research has been done on the subject.

Here’s a quick summary of some of the studies done on simulated gambling and young people:

1. Simulated gambling leads to real-life gambling
2. Simulated gambling normalizes gambling behavior
3. Simulated gambling increases your risk of problematic gaming or gambling

Hungry for more? Here are some great studies to read.

As you can see, the research speaks for itself.

However, due to outdated gambling laws this casino doesn’t technically count as gambling. Simply because you can’t earn real money.

You heard that right.

That’s the loophole of dated gambling laws gaming companies are exploiting for the purpose of skyrocketing profits.

By allowing you to purchase in-game currency with real money, but not allowing you to withdraw your earnings back into the real world, they give you a simulated gambling experience and profit off of your compulsion.

The House really does win every time.

GTA online casino exposing kids to gambling