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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 May 28, 2020

How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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