I was recently in a seminar for a self-awareness workshop with a group of entrepreneurs and business owners. The focus of the talk was on self-awareness and how to be more aware of your own behavior in an effort to minimize the impact it has on other people. The one thing we talked about that I took a huge hit on is the “partner tricks” I often use.
Why do I always do this? Because they’re so quick and easy. And I hate the fact that I don’t have the excuse I do whenever I use them.
I’m not going to talk you through each and every trick I use. Instead I want to give you some insight into why I use them. I think it’s because I think it’s one of the most effective ways for me to help people be aware of their own behavior.
Partner tricks involve changing the location on the map based on the location of other players. This can increase the difficulty of a game in multiple ways. For one thing, it increases the likelihood that players will attempt to cheat by moving the location of the player they are trying to cheat to. If you cheat in a game of Minesweeper, there is a good chance that the location of the player you are trying to cheat to will be different than the location of the players around you.
This can also include the idea of cheating your way to a certain score, or a certain level. This is because players tend to not cheat because it is their game. They get paid for a game they enjoy, and they know if they cheat, they get to look bad.
Partner tricks is actually the term I’ve been using to describe how the game works. The idea is that if you are playing Minesweeper with another player, and you think they are cheating you, you can either let them think you are cheating, or you can call them on it.
Basically, the game is a game of you versus me. If there is cheating going on, it is not a game of you against me. The problem is that if you call them on it, they might just keep playing you. It is still a game of you versus me, and you have the option to either give up the game or get a penalty. The problem is that if you give up the game, you will not win, and if you get a penalty, you will lose.
This is a very real problem that people have. Here’s how it works. For example, if you have a spouse who is cheating you with your spouse, you might consider a penalty. You might think something like, “That seems fair” or “I’ll play along” or even “I’ll be happy to pay you back” or “I’ll just call him on it”. But if you do those things, you will just get your spouse back.
The problem isn’t the spouse cheating, the problem is that cheating is not a fair game. For years people have been telling people to be nice to each other for the sake of the game, but they have just been playing with the rules that aren’t fair. This is why you should never cheat in the first place. The same way that any sport you play should never have a penalty. If you play fair, you will never win.
I think the biggest problem is that people are just playing the game wrong. It is a game meant to be played by people who want to be able to cheat together. But if that person is cheating, then cheating is fair game. If you do as I say, and play fair, you will always win.