MY BEST LIFE - Financial and Life Skills Simulation Game - Part 1 of 3

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This is a partial version of MY BEST LIFE - Finance and Life Skills Simulation Game - Part 1 of 3 (Lessons 1-6).

INTRODUCTION
What if you could live multiple lives retaining the hindsight and life lessons you learned along the way? Do you think you could come up with a “BEST” model of your life?
That’s the power of My Best Life™! Students get the opportunity to live out life scenarios and see what happens. Along the way, they learn the things most of us did not learn until we were thrust out into the world. We made those tough decisions with little insight or experience – trial by fire with no do-overs.
How many times have you heard someone say, “if I knew then what I know now, I would have….gone to a different school, chosen a different job, traveled more, saved my money, married later, had kids earlier, taken a chance, not taken a chance?” The fact is that most people make decisions emotionally, often irrationally, and with little or no consideration for the complexities of the situation. What we fail to see is how a small decision today, combined with hundreds of small decisions over days, months, and years, impact where we end up in life.
While hindsight is 20/20, without a time machine you cannot replay life. This means that the past is unchangeable, the future is unknowable, and you only begin to understand the impacts of your decisions AFTER you have made them – often months or years later.
What if you could try multiple lives? Test careers, spend or save money differently, go back and change a decision or two that you made somewhere along the way? What if you could have lived these multiple lives when you were only fourteen, sixteen, or even twenty years old?

With the internet and today’s interconnected world, youth have unprecedented access to information. However, knowing how to use that wealth of information requires wisdom. Wisdom is only gained through experience and My Best Life™ builds experience via a life simulation. Playing the simulation multiple times allows students to investigate different careers, try varying financial decisions, and correct missteps made in prior scenarios.
No student should graduate high school and not understand the multitude of jobs and careers available, budgeting, compound interest, insurance, or how to evaluate a career decision. Additionally, students should not be lulled into a false sense of security either. Life is full of bumps in the road, often due to nothing but random, dumb luck. That does not mean we should not plan. Wisdom teaches that despite the best efforts of planning and decision making, sometimes life does not quite turn out according to a master plan. A full, satisfying life includes planning, bumps, making adjustments, and maintaining perspective – important life lessons for soon to be adults.
CONTENTS
+Lessons 1 to 6 with required worksheets
+Dice roll record
+Initial budget sheet
+Web resources lists


MY BEST LIFE Financial & Life Skills Simulation Game by Paul Bryant is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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