In “Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon?” the main character Bell’s largest driving force is to catch up in strength to the girl that saves him in the first episode. He forms a crush and due to this quickly begins to get stronger, and stronger. How can we apply what we learned from Bell to our own lives?
The series takes place inside a world called Orario wherein gods and goddesses have given up their powers in order to live among the humans. However, they can grant special abilities to humans that wish to become ‘adventurers’. Those adventurers become what is called familiars to a god or goddess, and form a sort of house or family–almost like a faction. The neat thing about this world is that it’s set up exactly like a dungeon adventure game (think Diablo). The farther into the dungeon you go, the harder the monsters are and the more jewels you can collect (money you can make). It also has a skill rating system for these adventurers that improves as they gain experience exploring and defeating monsters in the dungeon.
The ultimate desire for Bell has not changed, but a focus has been added: a passionate drive to succeed. It is the additions of this drive that ultimately gets him towards his goal. It reminds me of a quote from Paul “Bear” Bryan “It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
Finally, you need a #$%@ load of hard work. Bell uses his desire to catch up to Aiz Wallenstein to go into the dungeon every day, grinding to make himself better. Although in real life we don’t get an indicator of when we “level up” (be nice if we did), we still do. Whenever you started doing something that was really
hard and it became easier later on, you have improved your skills; when those major life changing moments that shift your perspective happen, you’ve leveled up. This can be a life changing perspective. When faced with a difficult task look at it as a hero in the stories you love to watch and play, as a task to grow from and get “stronger”.
The difference for us in the real world compared to games and anime is that we also have it within us to slide downwards, and “level down”, which is why we must always be moving forward and working towards something, using whatever we can that will drive us to our goal. So, think hard about what you want, and select your ultimate goal. Now find that which will drive you to act, and then work your butt off till you get what you want! Happy adventuring, everybody. Maybe your own life changing encounter is right around the corner!