Thursday, March 17, 2016

My Life as a Gamer: Why I Raid

So, why raiding?

Because, unlike my experiences in the workplace, all of the rhetoric said of work actually applies.

  • Your effort directly translates into reward, guaranteed.
  • Your effort directly translates into power, guaranteed.
  • Your effort directly translates into prestige, guaranteed.
  • Your effort directly translates into respect, guaranteed.
  • Your effort directly translates into superior prospects for greater challenges, guaranteed.
  • Your effort directly translates into observable results that you can measure in real time for immediate feedback, and thus to immediate improvements that your teammates will appreciate, guaranteed.
If you put in the work, it may come at some delay, but all of the promised rewards will be yours. Investment via persistence delivers returns via rewards.

The shitshows that far too many workplaces are can crop up with raiding, but it's harder to keep those scams up due to the far more open nature of the raiding community. If you're a raid leader who's looking to steal rewards, that gets out- fast. Soon you're not able to pull it off anymore. If you're a slacker or shucker who doesn't put in the work, that gets noticed and soon you're out on your ass; soon thereafter, since performance gets logged and publically posted, you won't find anyone else for you to go either.

There is no risk of failure here; all you have to do is put in the work--pay the sweat price--and you get the rewards. If you fuck up, you'll know and you'll be able to IMMEDIATELY do something to fix it.

This is the sureshot. The self-esteem, respect, material wealth, etc. actually exist here. Now, to find real-life arenas where this is also true.

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