Episode 11

Old Game New Rules with Jackie Simmons

Childhood games teach us about the rules of life.

What games did you play?

What did you learn?

Did you know that Monopoly was designed to teach us a specific lesson regarding capitalism?

And Chutes and Ladders was designed to teach us a specific lesson regarding success?

Join Jackie as she unpacks the lessons from our childhood games and explores what new lessons we might want to learn now.

Be prepared to have your notion of “rules & lessons” challenged as you decide what rules you want to play by now, in this game called “Life”.

Unplug from the world and plug-in!


About Jackie:

Jackie Simmons writes and speaks on the leading-edge thinking around mindset, money, and the neuroscience that drives success.

Jackie believes it’s our ability to remain calm and focused in the face of change and chaos that sets us apart as leaders. Today, we’re dealing with more change and chaos than any other generation.

It’s taking a toll and Jackie’s not willing for us to pay it any longer.

Jackie uses the lessons learned from her own and her clients’ success stories to create programs that help you build the twin muscles of emotional resilience and emotional intelligence so that your positivity shines like a beacon, reminding the world that it’s safe to stay optimistic.

TEDx Speaker, Multiple International Best-selling Author, Mother to Three Girls, Grandmother to Four Boys, and Partner to the Bravest, Most Loyal Man in the World.




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YBOP Intro/Outro:

Welcome back to Your Brain On Positive. All the love and support you need is residing inside of you. And we're going to make it easier to turn it on.

Jackie Simmons:

I had a radical idea, at least I think it's a radical idea. I'm not really sure. And I'm not sure that I'm live on Facebook, because on Facebook, it's totally black. So I'm got it recording in zoom, just in case. My radical idea what happened, I just did a Facebook live in the your brain on positive Facebook group. And my podcast is also your brain on positive. So what I was sharing in the Facebook group was a shortcut to keeping my brain on positive and inviting people to tell me theirs. And when I finished that Facebook Live all of a sudden I got it. What if when I'm reporting when I'm recording, sorry, when I'm recording a podcast episode, I go ahead and stream it live into the Facebook group that has the same name. Is that a good idea? I don't know. Well, that dilute my audience share on my podcast. Who knows? will it improve my audience share on my podcast? Who knows? Is it worth experimenting with? Hmm, that's the question. So please comment below, is it worth experimenting with broadcasting my podcast recording sessions live into the matching corresponding Facebook group? I'd love to know. In the meantime, the shortcut that I shared with the group I'll share with you because you're going to be nice enough to share with me your opinion, the shortcut? What is your fastest path to creativity? Pardon me, your fastest path to positivity was through your imagination through creativity. And the fastest path to your creativity was simply to go back to your childhood, and the games that you played in your childhood with two questions. First question, what were we really being taught? What were we really learning with playing this game. And I use the example of Chutes and Ladders, where what we were taught was that succeeding was climbing a ladder. And that sliding down a slide meant you had to repeat things. Interesting the lessons I took from that. So I rewrote the rules, which is the second piece first piece, what will we really being taught what were we really learning from the game as we played it? And second, what are the rules you'd like to apply now from your adulthood perspective. So I'm really hoping that you'll share with me both the game and your what you learned and what your new rules are, you can do that here. Or you can do it in the Y bot in the your brain on positive Facebook grip. Here's my takeaway, Chutes and Ladders. I reversed the rules. So instead of needing to climb up, I just needed to get down. So that failing meaning I had to repeat a section became hard work, I had to climb a ladder in order to have to repeat and succeeding could be as simple as hitting a slide hitting a chute and sliding past all of the work. You know how it feels when you're really in the zone? Wouldn't it have been cool to have learned that? That failure was required effort felt like hard work. That path to failure was hard work. And the path to success could be fun and fast in the flow. You know? interesting for me, hope it's interesting for you and I hope you will share your opinion. Good idea or bad to go in Facebook Live my recordings of my podcast and feel free to share what are your shortcuts to stay keeping your brain on positive? This podcast is all about taking risks,

Jackie Simmons:

doing what feels good, sharing it with other people. Now I'm a firm believer that not everybody's personality is like mine. I know that my brilliance is best expressed what I am putting information out there which means I'm kind of no holds barred anymore. I don't hold anything back. I'm not worried about people copying my propriety. Every process or hacking my IP, it's a matter of fact, I want you to have it. That's why I do free master classes often. That's why I keep my prices very accessible. Because I want this content out in the world, I want to help you keep your brain on positive. I want you to have full proof, guarantee packs shortcuts to get your brain washed, get all the negativity, the Whoa, yeah, the news driven media monster of negative stuff that we are being bombarded with it is actually brainwashing us, it's actually convincing our brain that the reality is mostly negative. When that's not the truth, that's just a preponderance of negativity that we are now flooded with, because we're always on our screens, always you're getting other people's opinions. So your brain on positive is a whole lot easier when you can wash all that negativity out of your brain. We have shortcuts to help you do that. That's the shortcuts that I use. I love to share. So the one I shared just a few minutes ago, about old game new rules, this will be a series within the podcast, so you'll be able to find it. All game new rules. What would it be like? If you really did take the time to go to your favorite childhood game? Maybe it was monopoly? What were they really trying to teach us might surprise you. Monopoly was actually created to teach the evils of capitalism to teach people why capitalism was a bad idea why it was bad for our country. turned into a mega game. Why? Because buying and selling is fun. Trading is fun. And we all have or most of us, I won't say all most of us have this competitiveness in us. We like to win. We like the success that that feels like. The problem with monopoly is that the only way to succeed was to force other people to fail. And that was the lesson she was trying to get across the lady who created this game. That the only way to succeed in a capitalistic society was to force other people to fail. Now, in my opinion, that is a limiting belief that is believing in a zero sum game, and I don't believe in a zero sum game. What do I believe we really learned from monopoly. Perhaps you broke through, and you discovered that cooperation really was the basis of succeeding. So if you learned that cooperation was the basis of success, I hope that you will put a comment on this episode of the podcast that you will share with us when you learned it. What created that breakthrough for you? I don't care if you learned it from monopoly, or if you learned it from life or from some other game, I want to know when did you learn that cooperation was the basis of success, not competition, not if I win, somebody loses kinds of thinking. We're being trained now. We're being inundated with messages from people that win win, win win. And that flies in the face of what we learned growing up where there are winners and losers. Remember, loser, come on, we did this to each other in school. So knowing that, knowing that as a child, you were coded, you were brainwashed to believe that there was such a thing as winners and losers, that there was such a thing as leaders and followers that there was such a thing as teachers and students, not realizing that from your students. You are taught as a teacher, thank you, Rodgers and Hammerstein and the King and I.

Jackie Simmons:

She says it's a very ancient saying, but a true and honest thought that if you become a teacher, by your students, you'll be taught. We're never too young to teach and we're never too old to learn. That's what I've decided. But it wasn't what I learned growing up. It was a decision I made as an adult. I'm really curious as to what are the lessons you learn growing up from The games that you play. Okay, so we've covered Chutes and Ladders, the lesson learned from Chutes and Ladders, winning, succeeding is hard work, you've got to work hard to get a shortcut to get a break. And losing, having to go back and do something over was fast. And if you'd like slides, it's a different lesson than what I want to know now what I believe now what I live into now, which is that losing having to do things over, I have to work hard. There's some effort to do something that doesn't work, and doing what works doing what I'm divinely inspired to do. Doing what is easy. One of my mentors, God bless Suzanne Evans. She said to me, Jackie, what is easiest for you to do is what you should be paid the most for? Oh, my goodness, all of a sudden success becomes fast and fun. What if you just grab hold of fast and fun, but success is fast and fun. And failure takes effort. So that's my old game new rules for Chutes and Ladders, old game new rules from monopoly. It was intended to teach the evils of capitalism. What it really taught us was that if we win, somebody else loses and we want to win. Because we didn't like the feeling when we lost that losing doesn't feel good. It taught us that there was a thing called winning and losing. What if that's not true? What if the poem by Rudyard Kipling if said it best, if you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same? What I learned from monopoly, eventually, was that cooperation was the basis of success. What was there were still winners and losers. So I didn't quite get it. What I learned from Rudyard Kipling was that success and failure are nothing more than attitudes that I had control over. They were nothing more than meanings that I could decide on. Very different decisions that I make today, at my age than I did as a kid playing those games. Take a good look at the games you played as a child. See if you can figure out what that game was really trying to teach you. See if you can figure out what you really learn from that game. And then decide what rules would make that game a whole lot more fun to play as a grown up how to apply the lessons of that game, the ones that you want to learn into your life today, into your journey today into keeping your brain on positive. Now, you might be listening to this podcast in the your brain on positive podcast route. And I'm going to peel back the curtain. You might also be listening to this podcast on the world according to Jackie, every now and then I have crossovers. So it's all me. Hopefully it's all relevant to you. And wherever you are listening. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being on the journey to choose to be more you because that's what the world needs now. Is more you showing up in the world. Have a wonderful, wonderful day. Enjoy your world and share your shortcuts. How do you use creativity to bring positivity into your life?