On Sunday I played Monopoly with my kids. I hadn’t played that game in years. As we sat down to play, I looked at the rules. Since it had been so long since I played Monopoly, I wanted to familiarize myself with the purpose of the game.
Under the section entitled, How to win, here’s the purpose of Monopoly.
Move around the board buying as many properties as you can. The more you own, the more rent you’ll be able to collect from other players. If you’re the last player with money when all other players have gone bankrupt, you win!
It seems American society believes that’s what business is all about: win by crushing your competition. The very foundations of capitalism have been crumbling, in no small measure because many companies have had a win-at-all-costs strategy. While your business may not be guilty of a Monopoly mentality, society at large thinks you are. Here’s what that means for you, and what you can do about it.
When you ask people what they want out of life, they often say that they “want to be happy.” But research has shown that happiness isn’t as fulfilling as we might think it is.
Roy Baumeister and other social psychologists published a study in the Journal of Positive Psychology investigating the difference between meaningfulness and happiness.
Based on their investigation, here are three findings that they discovered.
People think they need to be more, do more, or have more to be successful. But that’s not how life is. Focus is the key ingredient. And focus means priorities. That’s why less is more every time.
You don’t have to be all things to all people. You don’t have to do everything all the time. And you don’t have to have more to be all you can be. It all comes down to your priorities.
Here are three examples where focus is the key ingredient to success.
I remember reading an article several years ago about some girls at a secular college who had a unique way to raise money for their university group.
They sold calendars with pornographic pictures—of themselves.
A media outlet asked the group’s leader about their unusual tactic. She replied, “What’s wrong with a little pornography?”
But surely this was just an attitude outside the Church, right? Not so. A new study by the Barna Group says porn is alive and well inside the Church as well.