Your Job is a Video Game Pt 2: The Sandbox Phase

AJ Mastav
3 min readApr 3, 2024
Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash

As I have said elsewhere, the early stage of getting to know a new job is similar in a lot of ways to the early stage of playing a video game. You’re getting to know the controls, but you’re also learning the basics of gameplay: in other words, it’s all about coming to terms with your own fallibility.

I’m old enough to remember a time when video games kept a player on rails — none…

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AJ Mastav

Professional planner, unprofessional writer. Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Also, a former Sunday School teacher.