Investing In Your Future: Why A Profession Matters

When I first started playing World of Warcraft, I thought, “Why bother with a profession? It’s not like I’m playing this game to be a blacksmith or a jeweler. I’m in it to kill monsters and get loot!” Well, not even a week later, I was working hard at leveling my profession levels because I learned that professions are one of the most important aspects of the game.

MMORPG professions won’t necessarily help you kill end-game bosses or win at the PvP arenas all the time, but they help in other ways. I also realized that the way they help you also apply to real life. Here’s how:

Specialization makes you special

In the MMOs, specialization means that if you want to focus on killing monsters, you don’t need to spend hours harvesting herbs then making them into potions. Conversely, if you decide to include skinning hides off the monsters you kill and fashioning them into leather armor and the like, people will go to you for their leather needs.

This is the same in the real world. The reason that us bloggers can provide you with witty, informative content is because as specialists, we can focus on research and writing without having to worry about brewing double-espressos to fuel the creativity. Specialization lets us focus on what we want to do with our lives.

No profession usually means no gold

People who are new to MMOs usually think a bulk of income comes from selling loot drops to vendors. While this may be true for the early game, when you hit late game, you aren’t going to be making nearly enough gold from looting mobs to afford that extensive mount collection. All the big money comes from professions.

Most stuff you can sell for a lot comes from either selling crafted items to people who would rather hunt and forage than sit around crafting, or selling crafting materials to people who would rather craft than hunt. In the real world, the same pretty much applies. Without a solid profession, you can probably make some money through temp work, but only by honing your skills as a professional will your income increase.

What are your in-game and real life professions? Did you pick them because of the income or because they work well with your lifestly?

 

 

“You Feel Rested!”: Best Mattress Types for Gamers

Game sessions can go on for a long time. And I don’t just mean 2-3 hours long time. Some gaming sessions can last all night, or even the whole weekend. This is why good rest is important for gamers; you don’t want to pass out mid raid, after all.

Even games like World of Warcraft acknowledge the importance of rest, with characters earning more experience if they’re well rested. In most other games, resting, at the very least, restores all your health. With that in mind, let’s take a look at our favorite mattress types for getting rest:

Memory Foam

One of the best mattress types, and not just for gamers! Memory foam, to paraphrase Dean Winchester, “remembers you”, keeping the shape of that super-comfy position you finally passed out it last night. This makes for a better, deeper, more restful sleep all around. In addition, memory foam tends to be more resistant to allergens, which is a great bonus.

Adjustable Beds

These beds are designed to, well, adjust into different positions. This is great for helping out with respiratory problems and the like without having to rely on pillows. In addition, you can prop them up into deck chair style configurations for a very relaxing gaming experience! The only problem: the price tag. Expect to shell out a pretty penny for this marvel of comfort and relaxation.

Polyfoam Latex Hybrid

This one requires you to do a bit of research and perhaps some testing before purchase. These mattresses come in a range of different levels of firmness. This means that you need to have a good idea of what level firmness you want in order to get the most out of this mattress. Our recommendation: don’t get something too soft as that can lead to all sorts of unwanted aches and pains!

What mattress do you use to recharge between gaming sessions? How effective is it for you? Be sure to let us know!…

That Battleship Costs How Much? Lessons In Investing In A Home From A Young Age

Years ago, I started playing EVE Online. For those of you who aren’t familiar, EVE Online is an MMORPG that involves players joining factions and guilds then fighting for mining and trading rights. The best way to do this is to get a bigger, meaner ship. Collecting the resources for a ship is a daunting task and it takes time. This served as a great lesson for me in real life: save for a home and start saving early. Here’s why:

Resources are finite

In the MMORPG, resources do refresh over time. The same can be said of our cash if we have steady jobs, but this doesn’t hold for the other factors. Land is not a regularly refreshing resource and there’s no guarantee that a house or apartment will be available at your leisure. There may be openings, but the odds of you getting one in a prime location decrease with time.

You don’t know if you can recover what you spend

Unless your money goes to trading stock or investing in BitCoin, chances are, the money you spend isn’t coming back to you. Even if you are trading stock or digital currency, there’s still a chance that it will end in a deficit.

This means that we don’t have the luxury of spending with the mindset of “I can just earn this back when I need it”. Making sure you have savings set aside for a home will prevent you from falling into that trap.

Security

Lately, there seems to be a trend of people getting sicknesses that we usually associate with old age earlier and earlier in life. Hypertension, high blood pressure, and diabetes are just some examples of what people in their 30-40s are being diagnosed with. What does this mean for us? It means that we have to consider the possibility that we won’t be able to work as hard for as long as the previous generation did.

Saving up and being able to purchase a home earlier means that we’ll have the security of having a home we own as we move towards our 40s and 50s. This security means that you won’t have to worry about losing your home because you have to prioritize medical bills over rent.

Have you started saving for your home? Do you already have a home? How did you manage to, or how to you plan to, work towards your owning your own home?…