Today we are joined by long-time power gamer and founder of Behavioral Technologies and creator of Pavlok, Maneesh Sethi, who has managed to use his gamer powers to Hack The System of Life. He’s here to help us unlock our potential.
This is a really cool interview. I like to think of myself as a fairly productive person, but after talking with Maneesh are really need to step up my game.
I have long believed that games DO have a transformative effect on behavior, and we as game designers have to take the responsibility seriously. Maneesh has taken this challenge and made a whole company out of it…but not in the way you might expect.
Pavlok is a device that you wear on your wrist that gives you electric shocks, beeps, or vibration when you do things you things you want to stop. By forming a negative association with your desired habit you actually end up short circuiting your body’s draw for that behavior. Its a cool feedback loop system that we can use to help drive our productivity.
In this interview, Maneesh shares how he started his career by writing a videogame programming book for teens (at the age of 12) but not until someone told him he couldnt do it. The need to overcome that negative reinforcement has helped propel Maneesh into the success he is today.
Check it out, I know you are going to get a lot out of this interview… I know I did :) Happy listening!