How Playing World of Warcraft Prepares You for a Real Job

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World of Warcraft, or WoW, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). You create characters or avatars, and play inside a fantasy and lore filled world created by Blizzard Entertainment.

I played it for a while, on and off for a couple years, and I actually found it to be very fascinating (although time consuming). I did however learn a few things that have helped me in the real world with my job.

1. You can’t be late

To be successful in the game you and your team have to schedule weekly meeting times to further skills and get epic loot. Everyone has to work together to succeed and it’s important to consistently show up and be on time.

It’s just like a real job, everyone depends on you to show up, ready to do your job and not be late.

2. You have to work well with your team

If you miss a scheduled meeting or know in advance you can’t make it on time, it’s your responsibility to let the leader or other members know ahead of time.

You have to control your attitude, your emotions and sometimes set aside your personal desires and opinions to listen to other people’s ideas and suggestions.

3. The responsibility has to be shared

Not only are you required to be on time, and accountable to your team, but you must prepared.

World of Warcraft is similar to real life where there is food, water, clothing and other kinds of necessities to win. It’s important to bring your own share of items, and to have extras to help the rest of the team.

4. You’re playing in the real world

This game is very similar to the real world in that you need to be punctual, carry your weight and be an expert in your field. You will only be successful if you bring something of value to the table, and work well with a team.

It doesn’t matter what you try to achieve in life, whether it’s in a game or the real world, you will have to interact with other people.

There will be emergencies or other important matters come up but like with any thing else, but you need to be respectful of others and give them a heads up.

Creating a consistent and trustworthy reputation is very valuable, since a successful career is created by people with trustworthiness and integrity.

Playing a game shouldn’t be the focus of your life, but if you treat it like just another responsibility, it can help prepare you for the real world.

What games do you play that have helped you in the real world?