By his own description, he was scrawny, had no friends and spent much of his time alone playing online games. He became such a good gamer that by the age of 17 he was one of the highest ranking World of Warcraft players in the world. He even started one of the first gaming blogs.
Little did he know that all that time spent playing games would one day enable him to become a weightlifter, fitness model, author and entrepreneur.
He says gaming taught him important life skills that enabled him to achieve success in other areas of his life like . . .
- Personal branding.
- Building teams.
- Dealing with conflict.
- Goal setting.
I think the most important lesson you can learn from Nicolas is competing against yourself can be far more rewarding than by comparing yourself against the success of others.
He recently published his first book, Confessions of a Teenage Gamer, in which he reflects on his life as a gamer and how it laid the foundation for his success.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Embracing discomfort.
How Nicolas Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 6:30am to 7am
- Superpower: His gluten radar.
- How he earns income: Recently left his job at an advertising agency to work on his own. He’s starting a personal branding consulting firm.
- How he prepared himself for self-employment: He’s not taking a leap, but rather, the next logical step in his career.
- Recommend book: Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
- Self-refection practice: Journaling.
- Ideal work environment: He has lots of different work moods. He enjoys being in a lab collaborating with friends, but when he writes he prefers solitude and quiet.
- Wants to meet: Open to meeting anyone and everyone.
- Regains focus by: He gets back on track by looking back at his past accomplishments and projects to remember the habits required to create them.
- 3 core work habits: Planning, balancing life/work and evaluating emerging work opportunities.
- 90-day goal: Promoting lessons from his book.
“I’m one-half entrepreneur and one-half artist.”
“I see all of digital marketing as gaming.”
“For me the whole journey has never been a question of ambition or drive, it’s actually been being able to slow down and appreciate all the little steps along the way.”
“It’s daily habits that create the results.”
Do you struggle between doing what you think you are “suppose to do” and what you really “want to do”?
When I asked Nicolas to share his advice for anyone feeling stuck between those two choices, he told me, “Isn’t the answer obvious?”
Here’s his advice on how to gain more confidence in your authentic voice . . .
1) Start doing the work you want to do. Experiment in private and don’t wait for permission to do the work you really want to create.
2) Answer questions. Ask yourself questions and have others ask you questions about the work you want to do. Questions have the power of prompting your natural voice. Listen to it!