Temple-run has maintained its place in the top-five android games since its launch few years back. Irrespective of the hundreds of new games added everyday on the android platform, Temple-run has not lost its place from the popularity charts. But this article is not about how to play it or why has it maintained its position. The purpose of this article is to tell you about how playing Temple-run changed my investment perspectives. Sounding funny? No, it is not!
I didn’t have an android smartphone when Temple-run got released. When I bought one, everyone was already playing on the second version. Thus I did not spend time in running around the dark runway of the first one, but directly downloaded the second one.
To give slight technical background, it involves running away from the monster on a path, where you get golden coins and few power-ups on your way that can enhance your longevity, security or cash-balance. I had not explored the game much and played it plainly by just running ahead while collecting as much power-ups and coins I could collect in one run.
When my daughter, who is just 7 years old, took control of the mobile to play Temple-run, she was amazed to see lots of coins lying silently in my account. She was irked to see only the first character, Mr Guy Dangerous, running around all the races. As she was found of Ms Fox, Mr Bones and Ms Lee, she bought all those characters by ‘wasting’ thousands of my saved coins. I was horribly disturbed when I first saw my balance that had depleted heavily on some ‘avatars’ which were running just the same, not adding any features or qualities. But she insisted.
Later she started buying the ‘abilities’ and that made me to change my outlook.
The abilities, though highly priced, enabled me to attract more coins, increased the coin value, prolonged the shield duration and thus the security, pushed the boost-distance, and most important of all – helped me to collect more power-ups while losing less gems in getting saved. As a result, I could regain my apparently lost balance much early, and could score much more than expected in amazingly least distance. It helps me every day to complete my daily challenge and finish my weekly challenges within couple of days.
Now coming to the investment perspective part…
We often concentrate more on saving more and more money in our bank. If not bank, we put it in deposits, gold or stocks. When I renovated my clinic a few years back, I loosened my purse wide and installed many items of comfort which were not needed in the basic setup. But I found that after renovating the clinic by adding comforts in the waiting room as well as consultation cabin, patients were ready to pay me more during my annual fee-revision as well as they mentioned and referred the clinic to their peers.
This strategy not only returned my invested, not spent, money within less than a year but also enhanced my clinic’s interiors forever.
There is no problem in saving in cash, gold, or stocks but Temple-run taught me that spending on your professional assets too can be an indirect investment, with better returns than expected.