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What if life were like a video game? How can we incorporate creative work and the desire to build something into our routine? What truly matters?

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Chris Guillebeau uses the metaphor of a video game (The Tower) to talk about how to build your life. He was playing one of those Farmville/Mafia Wars/etc. style video games where you have a little empire to take care of, and if you do stuff in the game all the time, it grows and flourishes. If you don't, you start losing your imaginary success--a clever way to keep people hooked.

He analyzed what he found so compelling in the game and came up with these:
- there was a clear goal
- he could make con...more
Found it free on his website and it sounded interesting. Decided to read it and see what he had to share. It wasn't a long read, half an hour or so, but it was interesting.

Chris is on a mission to visit every country in the world. Some of this is insight about that and some just about deciding what your dream is and pursuing it.
I have loved the other manifestos Chris has written but this one somehow didn't connect quite as hard with me, which is funny because I am into games like the tower one on which he's based his concept.

I read it twice and then sat and thought about it, and I think I largely already have what he talks about. I have control over my work, I know it's affecting other people in a good way, I have goals and rewards and achievements. What I am missing, a lot of the time, is a pure enjoyment of my work,...more
Mike Vardy
One of the best books I read this year didn’t cost me a dime.

This book is called The Tower, and it’s written by Chris Guillebeau. I think you should pick it up and give it a read yourself so I won’t spoil too much, but I’ll share with you how it impacted me this past year – and how that will affect me for years to come.

Chris’s book resonated with me in a way that few books have. He turned his focus from the tower-building game to his tower-building life, and he had the courage and the generosity...more
Overall, Guillebeau's call to action makes sense to me. We each have a limited time on this planet and while we may not be able to create something to rival the Sistine Chapel, we can still leave a legacy. The Tower compares one's Legacy goal to a simple mobile phone game (think of a compressed Sim City or of Farmville) which requires constant attention but with little rewards built in along the way (and of course, a few unpredictable challenges, too). It's as good a reference point as any to ta...more
It was okay. I finished it because it's short, and it's not terrible. For some reason, this just didn't click with me.
It had a good overall message but it just didn't resonate as strongly with me as some of his other stuff.
Denise Stewart
Short. Sweet. but oh so powerful.
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Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Every summer in Portland, Oregon he hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people. Connect with Chris on Twitter, on his blog, or at your choice of worldwid...more
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