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A Life Coaches Lesson: Sean “Puffy” Combs and the Importance of Being Mentored


If you are going to be effective, efficient, and productive, it is important to get mentored by people who know how to live life effectively, efficiently, and productively. This ties directly into my wellness coaching work and game theory.


People often ask me, “How did you get involved in game theory and game-based thinking. After all, you are not a mathematician or an academic?”


Applied Game Thinking, my refinement, codification, and expansion of the ideas presented in Von Neumann’s original game theory system pretty much defines how I live my personal and professional life. After twenty years of exploration I am comfortable enough with the ideas that frame this work to have integrated a multidisciplinary grouping of concepts (systems) drawn from my own studies of logic, the social sciences, Zen thought, shamanic states, irrational emotional motivations, cognitive biases and quantum thinking to explain why and how individuals and organizations strategize. Much of how my work was created came out of the generous mentoring and friendship I received from Dr. Harvey Slayton, an Engineer, and Physicist who had played poker with Jon von Neumann (the developer of  game theory) when they were both involved with the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos during and after the Second World War.

   Dr. Slayton showed me how game  theory had come to be used in a number of disciplines and could easily be applied by virtually anyone to make individual choices in everyday life. Through Dr. Slayton I was introduced to how game theory had become a tool for strategizing within economics, politics, sports, marriage and international affairs.


   Today it is well known that the economic application of game theory can be a valuable tool to aid in the fundamental analysis of industries, sectors and any strategic interaction between two or more groups or individuals who need to strategize to create maximum benefit at the lowest possible cost.

   Much of how I apply game theory is through the Zen idea of “Chop wood, carry water” –Doing what needs to be done. This is known among the Amish as, ”doing your chores”.

   Here is a short video of the Hip Hop mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs (worth over 800 Million Dollars) describing how he learned about this by living with the Amish for a summer when he was a child. Lots of basic wisdom here.



Consider getting coached in game theory and game based thinking as a path to greater success. Lewis Harrison can take you there.




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.



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. 

Here is a short interview with Lewis;




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