At the beginning of an MMORPG like World of Warcraft, a new player is taken to the character creation screen. The decisions made on this screen will affect the rest of your experiences in the actual game itself. This first step is very exciting because it is full of potential. There are several different avatars to choose from, and they all come ready with innate abilities and specialized benefits. There are dwarves, humans, orcs, goblins, undead, trolls, elves and more. In addition, after new players choose a character, they choose the class role they want to play in the game. These can include careers as a mage, warrior, priest, hunter, warlock, shaman, druid and other roles. Further customization allows a player to practice a profession like mining, jewel crafting, tailoring, or blacksmithing. So basically, a player creates a character he or she is passionate about playing. This passion about who you are via your new avatar is what gives you the patience, interest, and commitment to take your newbie character all the way from level 1 to the level cap in the game. Without a passion for your character, you won’t want to play the game. This is how it is with ourselves IRL.
As we grow up from age 1 to age 18, we learn something about ourselves. We learn what we are good at and what is difficult for us. Some of us may be good at a particular role, like public speaking or drawing, while others may be good at leadership, sales, or any number of special skills. Whatever it may be, it is important to be you. When you play the game of real life and career, you want to be passionate and motivated about it. If you are rolling a character in this life that isn’t who you are, you won’t be passionate about playing. However, if you take a moment to think of your optimal self – the self you envision where you are an epic player in that particular career – you will begin to feel passionate about what you can become and how you can contribute to this life.
The character creation screen of your life is affected by your upbringing, world-views, experiences, and friendships. All of this goes on in the background when you are young, culminating into an awareness of your identity when you are about to embark out on your own as a young adult. At this point, you may not like some of the things about your identity as you begin to look introspectively at what you have become. However, never underestimate the power of choice. You can take what you are and begin to hone your raw identity into a vision of what you want to be when you are your best self. Like rolling a character and class role, you begin with the basics of your nature, and then embark on quests to gain experience that will help you level up your identity and contribution. It takes time, but the passion you have for the vision of your best and most accomplished self keeps you motivated to play the life and career game.