10K HP Framework

The strategy guide to beat the game of life: 10,000 Hours of Play

Jun Loayza
Jun 5, 2018 · 10 min read

Hack, hack, slash. Slash, slash, bash.

Yu-kai checked the clock. It was 2am. He had been grinding and killing monsters for the past four hours so that he could get the last piece of the Paladin set equipment: Griswold’s Legacy. After this final piece was obtained, Yu-kai’s Paladin would officially become OP (Overpowered) and his friends would surely envy his achievement. “They’re going to beg me to be a part of every single one of their games once I get this.” Yu-kai thought.

Hack, hack, slash. It was now 3am. His homework lay on his desk, begging to be finished. But Yu-kai was strong. He was motivated and he was determined. He wouldn’t sleep or touch his homework until he found that set item.

A few weeks later, Yu-kai walked to his friend’s house beaming with pride: he had finally completed his Griswold’s Legacy set. With the extra set item bonuses, he was going to be unstoppable…at least for a little while until the next set of equipment was introduced. He didn’t care that it took him hundreds of hours of dedicated gameplay to achieve this feat. Those late nights grinding and sacrificing were worth it to become the best — to accomplish great things, there must be great sacrifice.

When Yu-kai got there, his friends were already in the living room playing video games.

“Griswold’s Legacy. It is completed. I am complete like Perfect Cell.” Yu-kai subtly bragged. “Who wants to check out how powerful my Paladin is now?”

None of his friends paid attention. They were all in a trance staring at their screens.

“Uh… guys?” he tried again, slightly confused. Maybe they forgot what Griswold’s Legacy was. “I just completed the ultimate Paladin equipment set. You guys should come check out my awesome aura stats.”

“Yu-kai, we don’t play Diablo 2 anymore.” his friends responded. “Yea, we’re all playing Warcraft 3 now. ”

Yu-kai was speechless. Over a thousand hours of grinding, killing monsters, and leveling up wasted. His friends felt okay dedicating their lives to a new game every one to two years, but not Yu-kai: he felt defeated, discouraged, and demoralized.

“There has got to be a game that everyone is playing and people can’t just quit easily and move on to new things. How can I ensure that I no longer spend massive hours on a game but end up having nothing?” Yu-kai thought. “If I can figure this out, this would be the best game in the world.”

Whether you know it or not, you’re playing a game right now

In the video game industry, games such as Diablo 2 are categorized as Role Playing Games (RPGs). In these types of games, you take on the role of a protagonist (the Hero) on an epic quest (usually to save the world).

At the beginning of your journey, you are weak (low level), have few abilities, have access to few locations on the map, and little to no items, but as you slay monsters, discover items, and level up in abilities, your character becomes stronger and thus progresses through the game.

After Yu-kai’s Diablo 2 debacle, he realized that the game he was searching for, the game worth dedicating thousands of hours into, was life itself.

Instead of slaying demons, Yu-kai started his own business.

Instead of searching for treasure chests, he networked with top talents and investors.

Instead of gaining and assigning ability points, Yu-kai read books and found mentors to enhance his professional skills.

Most people by the age of 30 are becoming middle management, saving for their first home, or finding their purpose in life; in contrast, because Yu-kai became the hero of his own life-game, he was able to accomplish all of the following by the age of 30:

By all intended purposes, the nerdy kid that was obsessed with video games from a young age has turned his hobby and passion into a wonderful life-game that is just getting started.

If you’re a gamer, then we have great news for you: you can immediately apply 10,000 Hours of Play to your own life to start living a healthier, productive, more fulfilling life.

If you’re not a gamer, don’t fret. 10,000 Hours of Play is a strategy guide that will teach you the mindset and techniques to take control of your life and build something meaningful. And just like the rest of us, you’re a gamer too. You just haven’t realized it yet.

So welcome, dear gamer! You are about to embark on an epic journey as the hero of your own game. Get ready for the life transforming adventure that awaits you!

Are you an NPC or a Hero?

“Hey Tiffany, it’s been such a long time? How are you?” asked Billy.

“It’s going fantastic!” Tiffany exclaimed. “I just hired 2 new agents for my real estate business and started a Platinum Level Membership for my referral program. I’m on track to break my sales record this year and become the top real estate agent in Los Angeles!”

“How about you Billy?”

“Oh, you know… same old, same old…” Billy responded.

Awkward pause. Tiffany decides to quickly change the subject.

I’m sure you’ve been in this position before: you get in touch with an acquaintance and ask, “How’s it going”, only to get a “same old, same old” response. You’ve just met a person that lives the life of an NPC.

The Non Playable Character (NPC)

Every Role Playing Game is riddled with non-playable characters (NPCs). NPCs are programmed, predictable, and stagnant characters in an RPG that consistently serve a specific function: sell the Hero items (such as weapons or potions), provide hints (when the plot demands it), exchange gossipy conversations, or just take up space in the game world so that it looks busy and vibrant for the Hero.

A lot of people in our society live like NPCs. They passively do the same activities every single day, complain about their school, work, and other people, spend hours a day watching TV (and yes, even playing games!), and have no bigger vision for their lives.

A person who is stagnant, that hasn’t done anything new in a year or two, that doesn’t have a clear vision about who they want to be and what they want to accomplish, is living their life like an NPC.

The Hero

In contrast to the NPC, the Hero of an RPG is never stagnant. The Hero must travel to new places, slay more monsters, obtain new abilities, form new alliances, conquer new quests, and perhaps even save the world. As the protagonist of the game, the Hero is on a journey of discovery to accomplish an epic mission.

In real life, a Hero learns new skills, meets new people, gets into positions of opportunity, achieves new accomplishments, strategically invests their money and resources, and continuously grows as an individual and a professional towards a greater goal — the objective of their game.

We believe life is so much better when you live as a Hero as opposed to an NPC.

Sure, life as an NPC is safe and secure: you stay in one place, you serve one function, and you’re never in any danger.

And sure, life as a Hero can be scary: it’s risky, it’s new, you fail, you need to work harder than NPCs, and you must learn new skills.

If you truly enjoy the life of an NPC and would like to stay the same for the rest of your life, that’s completely fine. We are not here to judge peoples’ lifestyles, but unfortunately this series is not for you and you can stop reading here and continue with your life.

But if you’re excited about being the Hero of your own game and leveling up in real life, then continue reading. It’s time to start your first hour of play.

10,000 Hours of Play (10K HP)

10K HP Framework

10K HP is based on over 20 years of research and has been experienced by hundreds of passionate Overpowered (OP) Heroes that choose to live their lives like an epic game.

Here are examples of quests accomplished by OP Heroes:

In each of these quests, OP Heroes gain experience, learn valuable skills, and meet new teammates and mentors. All the quests you do in your life should come together and form your OP Heroes Journey. If you know what you want yourOP Heroes Journey to be, then you can strategically plan out the Quests in your life that will give you the right skills, resources, and support.

10K HP is a 6-step strategy guide (divided into two parts) to turn your life into a game worth playing.

Part 1: Know yourself

Part 2: Grow yourself

Why 10,000 hours?

The “10,000” from 10K HP is adopted from the 10,000-Hour Rule popularized by Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers*. The 10,000-Hour Rule claims that the key to achieving world-class expertise in any skill, is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing the correct way, for a total of around 10,000 hours. In Gladwell’s own words, “Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.”

In Outliers, Gladwell brings up an impressive list of examples, citing Bill Gates, The Beetles, and chess legend Bobby Fischer all requiring around ten thousand hours of experience before becoming world-class. Even known boy-prodigies like Mozart did not write any of his great pieces until he was twenty-one — ten years after he started composing concertos.

There are about 262 weekdays in a year. If you practiced for four hours per weekday, then it would take you almost 10 years to master a skill! 10 years is an incredibly long time to invest into the wrong skill or to spend working painfully hard.

Which is why we believe 10K HP is so important:

The journey is the reward

I have yet to beat Mega Man X (the last boss, Sigma, really is that hard).

My brother and I had to use Game Genie to beat Contra III.

Yu-kai Chou has never beaten the original Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo NES.

I’m sure there are tons of video games that you played as a kid, but that you didn’t beat; and yet, you still have fond memories of playing that game. It could be the people you played with, the friends you made while trying to figure out how to beat certain levels, the frustration from not being able to beat a challenge, or the elation of finally overcoming a quest. All of these experiences add up to joyful memories even though you never beat the game.

The same applies to your OP Heroes Journey. You may choose several Games that you may never beat, but that’s ok. I may never launch a product that hundreds of millions of people use (I truly hope that’s not the case), but in the end, I know that in my heart I will feel proud that I tried and grateful for the Allies I made, Skills I gained , and Quests I conquered along the way.

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Live your life like a game and every one of those 10,000 hours will be fun, meaningful, and truly worth playing!

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10,000 Hours of Play

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