Played all over the world, ‘Ludo’ is a popular board game for up to four players, who take turns to advance buttons, using the roll of a dice. The game is a fun and exciting activity that helps friends, families and even strangers to bond.
Known as ‘Ludo’ in Ghana, ‘Parcheesi’ in America, ‘Fia’ in Sweden, and several other names worldwide, this board game is full of lessons in strategy, tactics, planning, and probabilities. Here are five things you can learn the next time you roll your Ludo dice.
1. Strategy seldom stands still
Just like every game, ludo needs a strategy. What is fascinating is that, in order to win a Ludo game, a player must keep analysing the game and making changes accordingly. Without continuously doing this, a player may begin well, but is likely to end up losing the game.
This is so true for real life situations like searching for a job or going into entrepreneurship. The goal may not change, but continuously analysing the current environment and moving accordingly is the key to achieving the desired results.
2. You may need to be a player-coach.
Modern day soccer and basketball teams have many active players and one identifiable lead coach. In Ludo competitions however, you generally have to play and coach yourself. Unless the specific contest allows it, players can’t take advice or instructions from any third party. That means you have to plan everything yourself and act it out yourself.
At certain times in life, people might find themselves without a ‘coach’ to guide their ways. Interestingly, the realities of life do not change – according to whether or not people have help. In times like that, players have to sharpen both their coaching and playing skills to win. Thankfully, many great people have shown that even without a coach, it is still possible to win in the game of life. You can be one of them.
3. Your competitors will be many
In a hot Ludo game with all four players shooting for a win, every single player must face off competition from three different sources at the same time. The key is to make progress on your own goal, while reacting to dangerous moves by your many opponents. No one wins a multiplayer Ludo game by spending all their time destroying one particular opponent.
In our daily lives, people who work in competitive industries know this fact. Showbiz, finance, technology, international business etc., are areas where you have to manage many factors, and keep an eye on many companies. Ultimately however, you must make daily progress on your own projects in order to win.
4. Partners won’t last forever.
There’s nothing more interesting than seeing two or more competitors teaming up to eliminate or prevent another competitor from winning the game. Savvy players can gang up as ‘partners’ and jointly attack another player.
Interestingly however, this “partnership” is dissolved when its goal has been achieved. Note that as soon as the goals are achieved, the partnership breaks. It is not held for long. This is a major lesson.
There will be times for us to partner others to deliver a project, but this doesn’t necessarily mean we should make such people our long term partners after the project ends. Many businesses are struggling today because they assigned long term positions to people who should be short term players. It is a common mistake we should all be wary of.
5. Rules should be agreed.
If you have ever played Ludo, you will notice how misunderstanding and arguments arise when one player decides to apply a rule that was not previously agreed upon, or a rule no one knows about.
The same thing happens when the terms and conditions of a contract, job offer, or business service delivery are not clearly agreed upon in the beginning.
Unlike in Ludo where the losses may be minimal, real life losses may be heavy. Therefore, it is important to always know, set, and understand the terms and conditions of everything we sign up to it. That way we are more likely to have a smooth relationship.
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