ECONOMICS

Some of You Didn’t Play Enough Board Games as a Kid and It Shows

You can learn a lot about life by playing games

Michelle Teheux
Corporate Underbelly
5 min readJun 10, 2024

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I would love to play a few games of Trouble with Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and all the rest of those folks.

You probably played this game as a kid. It’s the one with the “pop-o-matic” device in the middle of the board.

If you played Trouble very many times, you probably remember the frustrating fact that you cannot get on the board until you roll a 6. I can remember a few times when I played that game and never rolled a 6, and had to watch someone else win the game while I never got on the board at all.

Here’s how that feels

You keep trying, and you’re doing the exact same thing your friend is doing, but they’re racing around having fun and getting closer to their goal while you’re getting nowhere. Without a doubt, Trouble is a game that teaches you the truth about life.

Some people roll a 6 on the day they were born — their family of origin is healthy and loving and financially secure. Others take a while to roll a 6, but they diligently keep trying and they do OK. But some people never roll a 6, and it might be because they didn’t try hard enough or because…

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Michelle Teheux
Corporate Underbelly

Lover of literature. Former newspaper editor. Fascinated by everything. Contact: michelleteheux@gmail.com. To buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/michelleteheux