Practice makes permanent

Or: neurons that fire together, wire together.

Or: It’s not about how many times you fall, it’s about how many times you get up.

Or a million other quotes about practice.

So in games, you get pretty used to practicing something over and over and over again. Getting it wrong, mistiming a jump, losing a life, learning a bit, and trying again.

Until eventually, you get it right. You figure it out, and you’ve got it down.


Here’s a teaching story I head from Tara Brach’s podcast:

A millionaire’s being interviewed. The journalist asks, “What’s the secret to your success?”

The millionaire responds, “Two words: Right decisions.”

“OK,” the journalist follows, “and how do you make right decisions?”


“And… how do you get experience, then?”

The millionaire answers: “Two words: wrong choices.”


We learn by doing. How many times have you sat through a boring training lecture at work or school and throught, “Eh, I’ll figure it out when I’m actually doing the dang thing”?

I do this all the time.

Games are experiential learning. And they don’t have to be digital.

What are the painful & boring things you explain to new members of your tribe? Can you have them practice those processes first in a playful way?

How much better would that be than another 30-minutes of death-by-lecture?