I am really in love with this talk by Aaron Dignan (@aarondignan). I know that many of you will balk at the idea of a 28:57 minute video (not including buffer time), but it’s an extremely thoughtful lecture by Dignan that I guarantee you’ll enjoy.
Dignan discusses what makes games so enthralling to us: the use of skills, the constant challenge, and, generally being bad-ass heroes. Then he applies game rhetoric to our work lives, or at least what our professional lives could be. If you’re doing the same-old-same-old at work, never being called upon to be creative you’ll definitely become restless and bored. It’s certainly not satisfying. You could totally be the edgy, obviously complex, evil-fighting protagonist at your job.
…And I’m not just saying that because we happen to have a lot of super awesome job opportunities, but it doesn’t hurt either.
Ps. Aaron mentions Mike Monteiro’s meeting tokens. Brilliant.