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Life Lessons From Scrabble



So I’ve been playing a mobile Scrabble game recently and as I stare at the virtual tiles putting words together in my head I started to realize there are some lessons that there’s a lot you can learn from a game of Scrabble that can be applied to life in general. Here are 3 life lessons I came up with from playing Scrabble. 

  1. Don’t chase letters

If you’ve ever played the game of scrabble, you know that sometimes your ‘hand’ may *ALMOST* be perfect thanks to the scrabble gods. You have 6 of the 7 letters to spell out a word that you think could be massive points. 

Like having A W E S O I E. The word AWESOME would get you 12 points on its own PLUS an additional 50 points for using all of your tiles. That’s all without landing on any special squares, AWESOIE gets you nothing, unless you break it up. Knowing this, you may try to chase the M to get the points, but in order to do so, you’d have to play the one tile you don’t need until you get the one that you need. What this means is that while you’re chasing the M you’ll be getting low points by making small words with the one tile you need to get rid of. As long as your opponent keeps placing higher scoring words they will quickly rack up much more points than you, eventually making it very difficult to catch up, even if you eventually get the letter you’re looking for. It would be a better strategy to just use the letters you have rather than chasing the elusive one letter you’re hoping for.  

In life, we often do something similar, chase something that we believe will be ‘better’ all the while losing sight of the great things we have right in front of us. I truly believe many of us would be much happier if we stop chasing a letter and realize that we can often score just as high, if not higher with the tiles we have. 

  1. Your perfect word may not fit anywhere

Speaking of your perfect word, you might be lucky and you end up getting all the tiles for that massive scoring word. Now what? Well, the thing is, it may not fit anywhere. There are times where, unless you’re first to play, your word may just not connect to the current words on the table which means you have 2 choices, skip until the other player places the right words for you to play your word OR break up your word and keep going. Skipping is, generally, a bad idea and breaking up your perfect word is painful but necessary. 

In life, like in Scrabble, just because you WANT something to be right, doesn’t mean it’s actually right for you at the time. Not everything fits perfectly, both life and scrabble is messy and we have to adapt to win. Holding onto something that just doesn’t work, no matter how badly you want it, will often lead you to losing more than if you just let it go. 

  1. Your perfect word may be as awesome as you think it is.

So let’s say you have the perfect word and you even have a place to put it. You might realize that the score isn’t as great as you wanted it to be. Let’s say your word is SQUID. This is a great word, using the Q will automatically get you 10 points! But altogether that gets you 15. Not as high as you thought it would get you, then you realize if you broke up your word you can get 30 points by only using 3 tiles in the right places. It’s pretty anticlimactic, but it’s the way it goes and life is similar. What you thought was perfect, right or will make you happy may not always do so. Sometimes, rather than being stuck on using what you have as you hoped it would work, it would be better to take a fresh look at the situation and see if there’s a way to get ahead in a different way. 

For example, what if your career path that you worked so hard to get to is your “SQUID”, but if you used your skills differently you could make much more money or be happier?

As random as all this sounds, when you think about it, there’s a lot more you can learn from a game of Scrabble than you might think!

PS. If you wanna play a game on Scrabble, add me! (ID: 186518260 or User name: HeyKenners.com)


– Kenners

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