What we can learn from Flappy Birds

 

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock lately, you have either played or know someone who plays the game Flappy Bird on their smart phone. The game is a phenomenally simple concept of guiding your bird through gaps in pipes in a Mario “inspired” back drop (okay, let’s face it, he just ripped off the worlds from Super Mario Bros). The game is an interesting one because of what followed. The developer decided to pull the plug on the game and delete it from the app store. It perplexes me as to why because he was making a reported $50,000 per day from advertising revenue with the game but he decided, that because it ruined his simple life, he would pull the plug.

What was to follow was pretty darn obvious especially, if like me, you’re a bit of a geek when it comes to mobile phone applications. Yup, you’ve guessed it, Every developer and his dog decided to copy the game and release their own variant of Flappy Bird. I saw Flappy Dog, Flappy Fish, Flappy Chicken… and none of them did anything that much different from the last one.

So what has any of this got to do with he theme of my blog which is fitness and motivation? Well it has a hell of a lot to do with it actually, You see, Success in fitness or indeed most areas of your life, is actually a pretty simple concept and most new concepts that come along are really just a variant of what’s already come and gone.

You don’t need to re invent the wheel all the time you want to do something and be successful at it. All that needs to be done is to find who has done it, how they did it, the principles they followed and then repeat. Of course, life throws it’s own nuances into the mix and it wont be as straight forward but the point is, the plans are there.

I mean, when it comes to fitness. Everyone knows it’s about eating healthy and exercising, and yet every day there’s a new plan, guide, book or post written or video recorded to help people get fitter based on the same principles but adding their own little slant, story or nuance to it. All you need to do is understand those principles and then, as Nike’s slogan so profoundly puts it, Just Do It!

Have a fantastic day!

Fahad

 

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