I still check in on Foh a few times a week, I just don't post much as I don't have as much time.
On a basic level, I find business comes down to a grind. Save up money, invest it in the next item, that farms money faster. Rinse and repeat. I just replaced mmorpg addiction with RL money farming. At some point I just realized, farming platinum or gold is the same as farming dollars. Doesn't really matter how slow you do it, if you do it a lot. Over time you find the better farm spots, upgrade your gear. Maximizing return for efforts.
Obviously a very simplistic approach, it's just hard rolling as a level 1 halfling with a rusty sword farming copper. Once your life has an upkeep cost of mortgage and bills, you can't really decide to reroll. I was lucky to have a friend to invest startup money that allowed me to farm it back and then continue to go on. At the high end you still have to "don't stand in the poison" but it gets easier to avoid as you learn the encounters. Then you just teach the others in your raid how to dodge it, and the new hires are new recruits. I really see lots of parallels to guild leading, raiding, min/maxing in gaming to the business world.
I wanted to add, I am still always stockpiling as if Naxx is coming. The consumes costs are high when learning something new. So if I want to delve into a new product development, new selling space etc, save up knowing you'll fail a lot, before you learn the encounters to then farm them.
When I was 15-18 it used to bother my dad to no end that I played online games for hours. He played college football and I guess the thought that his son was a nerd was just other worldly. I also played football, but the point remains.
Then like 5 years later when I was a Junior in college he made a comment like, “Hey, I read an article from a Harvard business grad that he’d rather hire someone with raid leading experience than without. Isn’t that what you did?” I replied, “Yeah dad, that’s what I did.” He kind of chuckled, “Well, sorry I gave you such a hard time about it. I guess it taught you some valuable things.”
We now work together in SAAS software and I pay him to be the sales guy.
Business is pretty parallel to farming, raiding, etc.
Whatever happened to Lyrical?