Win the Biggest Game of Life

How to win the biggest game: LIFE

We start to win or lose the biggest game the day we are born by what we are taught and how we react.

Our personalities are influenced by our surroundings: our parents, siblings, the things we watch on TV and the computer, school and the company we keep after school.

Attending a quality early learning center as early as possible is a big plus. Why? Because our parents, although loving and caring, are generally not trained educators; they haven’t done this job before. It’s very important for them to seek as much guidance as possible and to enroll you in a quality program which prepares you socially and emotionally. This education is called social and emotional intelligence. Social and emotional intelligence is broken down into four basic categories: knowing me, managing me, understanding others, and relating to others. This will be the foundation for your ability to learn and interact with others.

If academics is your race car, then social and emotional intelligence is your steering wheel.

You don’t want to drive a car without a steering wheel. 

How do you know when you are winning the biggest game: LIFE? How do you measure it?

Most people would think that if you became rich monetarily, you would have won the biggest game. My definition of rich is different. To be rich is to be healthy, know who you are, be comfortable in your own skin, to be doing what you like, making enough money for your lifestyle, and having friends and family who truly care about you, and want to be with you.

There are plenty of people who are rich monetarily and yet are poor in all the ways that matter most.
Money does make life comfortable. Money can be used for many good things.
Francis Bacon says it well: “Money is a great servant but a bad master.”

Let’s break down my definition of rich to understand it.

Being healthy

It is very difficult to be happy and content if you’re not healthy. Your health is predicated on a few things; genetics, your environment, your activity level and what you eat. You can’t change your genes, so you have to work with what you got. However, even with the best genes, if you don’t take care of yourself you will ultimately be unhealthy.

Your environment

Do not expose yourself to unhealthy situations and take precautions. Many years ago, I asked my doctor how do you stay healthy. His answer was simple, I wash my hands. We are acutely aware of this today: germs get on your hands and you ultimately touch your face.

Your environment

Learn to love yourself. Every individual is unique and has their unique strengths and weaknesses. Build on your strengths. Learn what you like and what you dislike. Do what you like. If you do what you like, you will probably do it well. When you do something well, you will probably get paid well.
The expression, “you can be whatever you want to be” is really not true. Everyone has limitations. If you were 5 feet tall and wanted to be a basketball player, that will probably not happen. Because you like basketball, however, you might wind up being a manager or possibly an owner. The key is to be comfortable with yourself and be the best you can be.

Doing what you like

If you are doing what you like to do you have a better chance of doing it well. How do you determine what you like? It starts with honest self-evaluation. Today with the internet you have access to learning about many different jobs. Take the time with your parents and/or a career counselor and go through your options. Uncover things you might really want to do as well as the qualifications needed for that job.

Making enough money for your lifestyle

Doing what you like may not be the highest paying job. Your lifestyle must fit your income. If you go for the highest paying job, but do not like the work, you will never be completely happy.

Having friends and family who love you and truly care about you

In today’s world, you have people who follow you on social media. Having friends who care about you and want to be with you is something very different. Relationships take work, trust, respect, and tolerance. Friends are the family you pick.
You were born into your family. Family has responsibility to each other. Having a tight knit family who wants to spend time together is priceless.

How do you learn all the skills?

We put together a program called Alive2Thrive. The program is about social and emotional learning and is broken down into four categories.

Knowing me

Learn to love yourself. Be comfortable in your own skin. Understand your strengths and weaknesses.

Managing me

Developing your self-control and handling your impulses and emotions. Being truthful with yourself and developing better decision making, critical thinking skills and direction. Setting and directing your goals.

Understanding others

Developing empathy and understanding the emotions, perceptions, and needs of others.

Relating to others

Enhancing communication and conversation skills, enabling conflict management, constructive resolution, teamwork and collaboration to meet goals. Being able to serve others and meet their needs.

The Alive2Thrive program is based upon single point lessons followed with two questions, a tip on how to move forward, and discussion. The lessons are on this website as well as in book form. The lessons are simple and achievable.

Learning these skills and putting them into practice on a daily basis will put you well on your way to winning the biggest game: LIFE. 

New Release by Joe Santoro, PhD of Life

WIN THE BIGGEST GAME: LIFE

Learn how to be RICH, successful, happy, and healthy

The focus of this book is helping people understand themselves, and better relate to others. All profits from this book will go to the SANTORO EDUCATIONAL LIFESKILLS FOUNDATION.

The author’s definition of RICH is, “A RICH person is someone who is healthy, knows who they are, is comfortable in their own skin, is doing what they like, is making enough money to support the lifestyle they desire, and has family and friends who love them and truly want to be with them”.

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New Release by Joe Santoro, PhD of Life

YOU ARE ALIVE 2 THRIVE: BUILDING YOUR SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS TO ENHANCE YOUR LIFE

Learn how to be RICH, successful, happy, and healthy

This book is for children ages 12 to 21 and all about how to develop your social and emotional skills to enhance your life. It is broken down into 36 short lessons in four major categories, which the author calls The Power of Four:

  • Knowing Me
  • Managing Me
  • Understanding Others
  • Relating To Others

The Power of Four lessons are short and simple, each one a single point message along with tips on the best way to achieve results. This book is designed to be a workbook. You can use it by yourself, with others, or in groups. Also, a mentor can use this to help others or it can also be used as a journal.

SPECIAL OFFER: Buy our new book “Win the Biggest Game: Life,” available now on Amazon, and you will receive full access to our entire library of life-changing videos. Simply provide the code contained in your book to gain access to our entire collection of valuable, educational video content.