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Big Data and its importance in making wise choices.


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 Q. What is Big Data and what is its importance to peak performance and success?

A. Let’s begin with game-based thinking. There are many peak performance life coaches that believe that mush of life can be viewed as a type of game – a life game! They believe that all games are built on four basic principles.

1) A choice

2) An event

3) An outcome

4) A payoff.

A payoff might be money, points or some other payoff. In HAGT a payoff is known as a utility.


To be a successful player in any game, especially in a competitive situation, requires strong intuitive skills and, the ability to gather, organize, remember or store ever, larger amounts of data.


In the 21st century the organizing of large amounts of organized data (data sets*) is known as Big Data*. You may not realize it but Facebook and other social networking platforms couldn’t exist without Big Data. When you use an on-line dating service like Match.com, or other platforms like Twitter, or Linkedin you are engaged in the use of “Big Data*” and are part of that Big data as well. These systems of information are so large and complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate to deal with them. The term “Big Data” often refers simply to the gathering and organizing of information. These data sets* are so large and complex that traditional data processing applications are totally inadequate to deal with them. Challenges include analysis, capture, data curation, search, sharing storage, transfer, visualization, querying, updating, and information privacy.  Big data can be the boon or the bane of a game thinker, for by applying certain techniques for evaluating this data one can in a sense see the future. Through predictive analyticsuser behavior analytics, or certain other advanced data analytic methods that extract value from organized information, one can estimate with ever greater accuracy what is likely to happen in the future and how it is likely to happen.  Accuracy in gathering and organizing big data may lead to more confident decision making. And better decisions can mean greater operational efficiency, cost reductions, and reduced risk.




Analysis of data sets can find new correlations, spot business trends, prevent diseases, combat crime and so on.  Scientists, practitioners of media and advertising and governments alike, and effectively address challenges and problems with large data sets in areas including Internet search, finance, and business informatics. Scientists encounter limitations in e-Science work, including meteorology, genomics, connectomics*, complex physics simulations, and biological and environmental research.

You may not realize it but when you are playing fantasy football or using analytics to succeed in the stock market you are applying “Big Data”.  When you buy a specific brand of candy bar with your debit card and the next day you go on-line to research something and there is a banner advertisement for that very candy bar on your computer screen “Big Data” is being applied to you.

The ability to use Big Data tools through Game Thinking is not as complex as you might think. To create effective game strategies only requires the most basic math skills: subtraction, addition, division, and multiplication. These are skills that most seven-year-olds would understand.


In basic game thinking, there are certain things you want to keep in mind. These include:

  • What is the name of the game you are playing?
  • What is the defined environment of this game?
  • What are rules of the game – i.e. the core elements that define the type of game you’re are playing.
  • What are your own beliefs concerning the game?
  • How to re-frame a game -Your perception of the game and the various elements in it.
  • What is your end-game?
  • Choosing your strategies.



For those seeking to be more effective, efficient, precise, productive, and self-aware through game-based thinking, and Harrison’s Applied Game Theory (HAGT)  I offer coaching, mentoring, online courses,  and private seminars on the subject.


I also write about different types of knowledge in my book “Harrison’s Applied Game Theory: How to Solve Any Problem Effortlessly”.






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Lewis Harrison is an independent scholar on personal growth and human potential. He Coaches private clients in peak performance, transformation, and success coach.

He also teaches workshops and seminars on Eastern Wisdom, Zen and Taoist Thought, Applied Game Theory, and Personal Growth and is the senior guide at Lewis Harrison’s Transmodern Shaman Academy


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