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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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