I follow a few pro Magic the Gathering players on Twitter, and recently one pro player posted the following:
Owen Turtenwald‘s tweet above is really important because competition for competition’s sake isn’t always worth it.
Coincidentally, an article was posted on Channel Fireball about how professional players can get so caught in winning they forget how to have fun. The article further argues that the key to getting better is to have fun, not the other way around. As someone who loses more games than I win, it is easy to get caught in winning, but as the article says:
The bottom line is this: Never allow your ability to have fun and enjoy the game to be contingent solely on your results. The moment you do that, you’re making your ability to have fun and enjoy the game become completely dependent on a temporary condition being met.
Chasing contingent, fleeting happiness like this is obviously a bad idea in the long run.
Because life is so short (something very Buddhist if you think about it), it’s important to have one’s priorities straight. It’s a terrible feeling if you look back on your life and realize you wasted weeks, months, even years on something that you later realized wasn’t worth the effort.
So, regardless of who you are, every once in a while it is nice to take stock of your life determine what your priorities are. 🙂