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5 Ways Fantasy Sports Skills Are Transferrable

5 Ways Fantasy Sports Skills Are Transferrable

Fantasy sports is already a major industry in America. While controversy remains regarding whether certain forms of the game constitute gambling, a huge proportion of both the US and Canada play these game simulators that allow you to pick and choose players to make up a pretend team. In fact, it is estimated that 58.6 million people engage in fantasy sports annually. What you may not realize is that some fantasy sports skills are 100% transferable to other areas of life. How? Let me tell you.

1. The analysis of numbers is very similar to stock market analysis.

When you’re combing through yards per carry and value over replacement player in fantasy sports, you can easily move those skills over to stock trading and come out with similar (hopefully positive) results. In fantasy football for example, you might pay attention to carries or points per game; in stock trading, you should just like at price-to-earnings ratio or volume. The numerical analysis that goes into fantasy sports is definitely transferable. I do both, and I exhibit very similar feelings during both analyzing a second-string running back and a penny stock.

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2. Reading news releases and gathering information is useful in many industries.

When your player in fantasy sports gets hurt, you need to know quickly about the severity of the injury. Similarly, in financial market analysis, political policy discussion, or elsewhere, it is often necessary for you to troll around obscure advice websites and glean proper information from those sources, analyzing the legitimacy of the thought as you go along. Knowing how to research injuries/quarterly reports and how to implement that information is very valuable. Trolling around on obscure message boards is not something that is exclusive to fantasy sports. Almost every industry and interest has discussion forums that can be examined for valuable information.

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3. Negotiation skills can easily be honed in fantasy sports.

So your team is in dire straits, and you need to bolster your roster with a mid-season trade. You reach out to someone and offer a trade that benefits you, your trade partner offers something that is ridiculously in his favor, and you meet in the middle. Guess what? Negotiation works just like this in real life. A lot of fantasy sports leagues, though, consistent of members who are terrible at negotiation, not understanding that a trade should mutually benefit both sides, just like, according to economics there are (hypothetically) no losers in any business transaction. Use fantasy sports to practice negotiation.

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4.Fantasy sports keep you on a schedule.

If you’re a good fantasy sports owner, you know when you have to make certain transactions. For instance, before starting this article, I knew that because it was Tuesday, I had to make any waiver claims for my fantasy football league. Similarly, in other sports leagues, certain changes have to be made at certain times on a consistent basis. If you want to win at fantasy sports, you have to get on a regular schedule. And, as you know, most jobs rely on you arriving and/or executing certain tasks at certain times. Need I say more?

5. Fantasy sports make you set aside your certain likes and dislikes.

A lot of people play fantasy sports to draft players for whom they have some sort of affinity. Let me advise you, if you do not already know: THIS IS A TERRIBLE STRATEGY. The players you like and dislike will not perform better because you chose them for your made-up team. The only way to win in fantasy football is to choose the best players, regardless. For example, I hate NFL Quarterback Tom Brady. I loathe him. I think he’s a cheating pretty boy who is overexposed and over-hyped. However, he’s on my fantasy football team because he is the best player available, and I cannot complain when he outscores most other players. Similarly, at work, you may be asked to execute a task alongside a talented but jerkish coworker. You don’t get to choose your partner in that situation, and you cannot let your preferences filter in to your work, nor should you do so in fantasy sports

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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