The Super Mario Effect-How It Can Help Engineers

How To Learn More By Treating Life As A Game

Source: Ryan Howerter

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The Super Mario Effect is defined as focusing on the end goal, not the failures that you might encounter. For example, if you were playing Mario, it would be like focusing on defeating Bowser and rescuing the princess, instead of focusing on the time you just died from an enemy or fell into a pit. This simple principle of focusing on the end goal can actually help us to learn more about something. As an example, when Thomas Edison was inventing the light bulb, he had an idea and used his failures to learn more, and eventually, he created his final product. This effect is one thing that most great inventors have and is the reason they succeeded. Now, this principle is so important since in reality nothing is going to be perfect, and there will always be setbacks. And, in the words of Mark Rober, “By shifting your focus to the princess and treating your life’s challenges like video games, you can trick your brain and actually learn more and see more success.”