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A Life Coaches Lesson: How I Got into Game Theory

In 2005, a friend took me to see the movie “A Beautiful Mind”, the  2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics Soon after this, I began watching a television police drama, Numb3rs. The series revolved around an FBI agent and his mathematical genius brother. These two brothers would solve crimes by using insights based on the mathematician brother’s personal knowledge and by integrating mathematical models based on available information about the crime and the criminals. In addition to these basic characters, there was a number of game thinking characters. There were the mathematician’s friend and former mentor who was a theoretical physicist and cosmologist. There was also the father of the two main characters, a former urban planner. In addition, from episode to episode there was a behavior specialist, a lawyer, and various other scientists and social scientists. It was while watching Num3ers that I first learned of the theory of games.  I also learned that this was one of the most efficient, effective and productive ways to explore economic behavior in multi-person decision contexts. Since humans are essentially social animals this form of thinking clearly had relevance to applications to strategic behavior, industrial organization, macroeconomic policy, environmental economics, international economics, the internal organization of firms and on individual happiness.


One of the key elements of the show was that the characters, particularly the mathematician brother, would describe various mathematical theories. He might mention Zero-sum Games*, or Cognitive Emergence Theory*.

This presentation on the show of actual mathematical theories, by name, with the equations written out on chalkboards, caught my attention. I could see in a way that was never shown to me in high school (or more likely it was but I wasn’t paying attention) how mathematics is applicable not just to solve crimes but to solving problems in everyday life.  The people who created this show were serious about wanting this interest to peak in the viewers of the show and it certainly peaked in me. They often, I later learned, named temporary characters on the show after famous mathematicians.

During the commercial breaks on Numb3rs, I would search the internet for various mathematical concepts that had been mentioned on the show. By doing this I learned two key things:

  1. Math is an essential element of virtually every aspect of everyday life. It is used to make a milkshake, boil an egg, tell time, handle money and predict the weather.
  2. To understand and use math, it is not required that one understand what are- for many of us- intimidating formulas and equations.

Whether you were aware of it or not, anytime you think logically or rationally, you are thinking mathematically. Common sense is a form of mathematics. I became enamored with the idea that virtually every organized system of living could be defined and named. I began spending hours-daily-researching various mathematical ideas, their application to daily life; and their application to the lives of those who had created these, organized, and named these ideas.

As a result of my studies in game-based thinking. Since then my life has changed for the better.

If you have any unnecessary struggle in your life consider exploring game-based thinking and game theory.




Lewis Harrison is the director of the professional Coaching Training Program at the International Association of Healing Professionals. – HealingAssociation.com

He is  founder of the RealUGuru Project Think Tank is a is a life coach, peak performance expert, writer, mentor, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem solving and strategizing  based on game thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.

Don’t forget to tune to the RealUGuru Radio show every Thursday 4-6 PM EST at WIOX 91.3 FM or on your smart device at WIOXRadio.org.

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If you are interested in business success in the 21st Century in the arts or in any other endeavor you need to study with Lewis Harrison. Begin by reading Lewis’ books.

If you are an entrepreneur you will want to begin with his books on game theory and business success.  Here are two basic ones to start with:

To learn more about game theory and game based thinking you may want to begin with Lewis’ e-book.

Winning the Game of Life



The offerings on RealUGuru.com focus on the application of applied game thinking, gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness, and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Lewis Harrison makes wellness and success career coaching accessible for everyone. He provides motivation, inspiration, information and support across many domains. He focuses on his client’s most important goals in a measurable, scalable, and measurable manner and offer coaching services for all levels of experience for consumers and business people. Lewis offers hard and soft tips, techniques, tools and strategies to help his clients maximize their potential.

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