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Real life is the game that – literally – everyone is playing. But it can be tough. Olive Emberton is his strategy guide to life takes the "life is a game" metaphor to a whole new level with his analogy of spending first 15 years of your life as a random character in a game in tutorials, levelling up your skills in young adulthood and needing to manage your resources. Emberton says, "Most importantly, successful players put their time into the right things. Later in the game money comes into play, but your top priority should always be mastering where your time goes."

We are the protagonist in the game of life. We each have a unique quest to complete. A few lucky people are born knowing what their quest is, others have to find it, and the remaining need to create one for themselves. Without a quest, there is no goal to accomplish, and by extension no possible sense of fulfilment.The honest truth is that many of us are living on autopilot. We are living our lives in accordance with a very specific set of habitual rules that might not be serving our greater good. Yes, we all have good intentions and honourable hopes, dreams, and goals for the future, however, the rules by which we live our lives, unfortunately, won’t allow us to realize our desired destination. Instead, another destination awaits. One that is missing the things we want most out of life. The reason why so many of us go wrong and don’t end up attaining our desired goals and objectives is that our rules are too constrictive. They just don’t allow us the freedom to experiment, to fail, to make mistakes and to wholeheartedly enjoy this process. Or to put it another way, these rules we live by don’t allow us to live life the way it was meant to be lived: AS A GAME!

Succeeding at the game of life requires acknowledging that the results you get from life are a direct reflection of your habitual thoughts, words, and actions. Choose your own path and not the path laid out for you by others. Dedicate yourself to something worthwhile. This is your higher purpose or in other words your personal legend. Take advantage of opportunities to move your life forward in a better way along with full responsibility for your life, choices, decisions, and actions without complaining, blaming or making excuses.

When you face real-world challenges there is no real escape. What you face is real and because it’s real it hurts most when things don’t go your way. However, how you choose to respond to these challenges in real life doesn’t necessarily have to be any different than how you respond to them in a "computer game" scenario. All you need to do is shift your perspective and begin to see your life situation from a detached vantage point.