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Play Your Bigger Game

Rick Tamlyn

Self Improvement, Empowerment, Inspirational, Spirituality


More than just a book, Play Your Bigger Game is a concept that will take you only nine minutes to understand but a lifetime to play. It was designed from the premise that life itself is one big game. And, if it is, then why not play one that excites, fulfills, and challenges you to develop and express your talents completely? By the way, there's nothing wrong with wanting that. It's a natural expression of who we are, and since each of us is blessed with talents, we're naturally hungry to develop and put them to use. Too often we suppress that desire for full engagement and self-expression because we think it's the grown-up thing to do. We consciously turn down our hunger dials, because we're afraid of expecting too much from life. We also think: If I settle for less, I won't be disappointed.

Play Your Bigger Game was created to counteract that self-limiting, fear-based approach to life. It's also designed to keep you forever in play, meaning that you'll never be stuck again, since you'll always have the game board to guide your next move. Michelangelo said, "The great danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short but in setting our aim too low and hitting the mark." This book is not just about making a living; it's about making an impact. Curiously enough, I find that once players begin to make a positive impact, their incomes often rise, too. Still, if you're interested in simply making a living and just surviving in life, I'm afraid that this book is not for you. If you want to make an impact in the world and thrive in your life while earning a very good living, please read on. The purpose of this book is to: Reveal the Bigger Game player you already are, help you find the Bigger Games that excite and challenge you to fully deploy all of your energy and gifts, teach you to consciously design the person you're destined to become, allow you to feed the hunger in your soul, help you to make a major impact, and allow you to leave a lasting legacy.

Praise for Play Your Bigger Game

"This remarkable new book, Play Your Bigger Game, is a powerful and brilliant piece of work that will inspire you to live and work in a way that is dynamic and fulfilling. If you are interested in making a difference with your life, if you are committed to living a life of meaning, if you are longing to live your life to the absolute fullest, Play Your Bigger Game is a must read. I have been deeply touched by the work of Rick Tamlyn. He is absolute magic. His message is breathing new life into people and organizations all around the world. Buy this book, read it and thrive, and share it with everyone everywhere!"
Lynne Twist - author of The Soul of Money, and Co-Founder of The Pachamama Alliance

"In this accessible and delightful book, author Rick Tamlyn teaches us that making a difference can be simple, playful and fun.  Tamlyn stimulates, entices, and inspires the Bigger Game player in each of us.  Play Your Bigger Game is written for that place in each of us that hungers to contribute."
Karen Kimsey-House - CEO and Co-Founder, The Coaches Training Institute, San Rafael, CA

"The Bigger Game is an elegant and effective way to take ideas, dreams, and intangible goals and make them come alive and flourish with purpose. Rick Tamlyn is on to something extraordinary."  
Sean Magennis - Chief Operating Officer, YPO-WPO, Irving, TX

"We were fortunate to have Rick present the Bigger Game to our internal team.  He was able to shift our mindset regarding how we work together, recognize that we must play our game every day, and challenged us to see how our game would impact the organization. We still receive comments on how Rick's message strongly resonated with our leaders on a professional and personal level. During these difficult economic times, it is imperative that each person is able to maximize their effort in order to make the greatest impact, and that all starts with understanding how to Play Your Bigger Game."
Kevin Mukherjee - Leadership Development Consultant, National Non-Profit Organization

"Stepping onto the Bigger Game Board wakes you up - no kidding! The clarity, opportunities, hard truth and soul-inspired passion that can be revealed offers you a choice - to be a player in creating a meaningful, wealthy life of purpose, or to live with the gnawing tension knowing that all of this is just one bold move away." 
Carlo Bos - Founder, Bos & Company, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

"The Bigger Game model continues to percolate in our church leadership and congregational life. It has given us a context, language, and process to use as our church continues to be a dynamic presence, resource, and catalyst in our community and in our world. Rick's model fits seamlessly into our church's traditions and supports our belief that our Creator God is still at work and play for good in our lives. I recommend this book to all houses of worship."
The Rev. Keith W. Tamlyn - Senior Pastor, New Hackensack Reformed Church, Wappingers Falls, New York

"I have witnessed over and over again many leaders and managers of major Japanese companies become awakened to their deeper purposes of work through experiencing the Bigger Game. The Bigger Game is an eye-opening experience that impacts peoples lives worldwide."
Eisaku Tsumura, Ph.D., - Bigger Game Trainer for Leadership and Organizational Development, Tokyo, Japan

"Time and time again the Bigger Game Board had my team innovating its way to success. Whenever we got stuck with our clients we just asked 'so where are we on the Bigger Game Board?' Instantly someone in the team would have an 'aha!' moment and we were off and running again. The Bigger Game is a great team builder and team activator for any corporate team."
Alan Roe - Client Executive, Public Sector Sales, IBM Australia and New Zealand

"Play Your Bigger Game is about connecting dots from the past to the present and to the future. The Bigger Game takes you from an ‘it's about me' perspective to ‘it's about us' perspective and empowers each of us to live a Bigger Game life and create shared value."
Hyunsook Kim - Bigger Game Trainer and representative, Seoul, South Korea

"I watched the impact of a Bigger Game workshop launch an IBM sales team from last to first in the organization.  And it was so much more than just sales volume.  Their game was to bring success to their customers.   I was their internal sales consultant and watched the team create innovative customer solutions and develop their employees to be their best.  The more the leaders played their game, the more successful they became!   Customers were delighted and employee satisfaction was high.  They became the team everyone wanted to be on.  And even as the core Bigger Game team members were offered new opportunities, they left as Players - committed to spreading the Bigger Game.  The Bigger Game was life and career changing."    
Sara Smith - IBM Sales Transformation Manager, Fort Worth, TX

"I passionately embarked on my Bigger Game journey when first introduced to its technology. I was so inspired that I fervently spread the Bigger Game concepts to colleagues, executives and teams, enabling me to witness others birth new possibilities when they united on common Bigger Games. If your soul is stirring for purpose, adventure, and/or transformation, choose Play Your Bigger Game as your trustworthy escort."  
 Susan Valdiserri - President, Leaders of Purpose, Inc., Chicago, IL

"The Bigger Game Model offers a powerful roadmap to fulfillment. It can be used in so many ways-- to discover where you are, or to nudge you into that next bold step in pursuit of your dreams. Because it is authentic, it is universally applicable."
Leza Danly - Founder, Lucid Living, Novato, CA

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Oct 02, 2013 hhreviewer2

Play Your Bigger Game by Rick Tamlyn is about shaking your whole life up and making a change, whether big or small. Rick Tamlyn is a highly enthusiastic, upbeat author who clearly loves his work and loves helping people to achieve great success in their lives. The system he has created is savvy yet simple.

In Play Your Bigger Game, the author first outlines the game card that the reader will use to play the "Bigger Game". Then Rick clearly explains each square on the card to aid in determining where the reader is in their life right now, and where they want to be. It is a great concept, especially for people who learn visually or kinetically. Rick also invites everyone to create their own squares for themselves, if the ones he's already presented don't quite fit, which makes it very customizable.

My one caveat perhaps is that this approach may not be for everyone, but that shouldn't take away from the value of the "Bigger Game". For instance, I personally am not motivated by an enthusiastic coach or uplifting stories of individuals who are natural "game players", although most people are. I believe that anyone with a more external locus of control or who responds to a passionate coach or inspiring stories would greatly benefit from Play Your Bigger Game. It was a very enjoyable read.

This is my review of Play Your Bigger Game by Rick Tamlyn. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.

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Oct 23, 2013 ddawley

In Play Your Bigger Game, Rick Tamlyn teaches a new way to ferret out and live a greater life purpose. I loved the concepts he teaches, in examining each square of the Bigger Game. He often suggests relaxing and leaning into your bigger game. It is important not to worry about it or put a deadline on your discovery of your bigger game and compelling purpose. It will come when the time is right. Many self-help books want you to find your purpose and live your dreams, but I have found many of them don't have much helpful advice on how to do that. This book, by moving you from square to square, as you play the game, shows you how to find your way to what is most important to you, where your comfort zones are, and how to find allies to help with your compelling purpose. Overall, I liked the book a lot and found it very helpful.

If there were anything I could change about the book, it would be to add more examples of people who have played the bigger game who are more real to the average person than Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, and heads of corporations. I loved that Rick started out talking about the bigger game he learned to play as a teenager. I find it hard to relate to the scale of the game played by billionaires. I love hearing how a firefigher played the game, or a worker in a corporation changed things for the better.

Being in the flow is part of the bigger game philosophy, so you know that your bigger game is going to be what you love doing. That is always the biggest game of all.

FTC Disclosure: I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.

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Nov 06, 2013 aimeeroo
I'll admit, I had a bit of a hard time getting into this book. Maybe because it seemed more geared towards business minded folks, but the more I read, the more I began to see that it was for anyone, not just business people. In fact, the story that stood out to me most was that of a sweet grocery bagger who made each person's visit a bit more special by including "Thought of the Day" slips in their bags.

The concept is that life itself is one big game, so why not play a game that is fun, exciting, and fulfilling? Of course, even though we might all want to live a life like that, we often get stuck in our comfort zones, or worse, we hold back out of fear.

Play Your Bigger Game teaches you how to play on life's game board, which the author lays out in the book. Personally I loved the idea of approaching life like a game because it just felt a lot more fun than other ways to think of accomplishing goals and dreams. Usually these things are approached with such rigid terms and it can become more of a burden than a joy, which might be why a lot of people give up on their goals.

The book talks about natural "game players", which we may all recognize some of these in our lives. These are the people that are always taking things to the next level, or approaching tasks in new and creative ways. If you are one of these people already, there will still be something to learn in the book. The way the book is written will help both natural big thinkers and those who want to think big. I love what the author says when describing the book:

The purpose of this book is to: Reveal the Bigger Game player you already are, help you find the Bigger Games that excite and challenge you to fully deploy all of your energy and gifts, teach you to consciously design the person you're destined to become, allow you to feed the hunger in your soul, help you to make a major impact, and allow you to leave a lasting legacy.

Overall a great read, and something I will be re-reading parts of for years to come. Yes, the concept of the game really does take just a few mins to learn, but it is a game that will take a lifetime to master.

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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