A few weeks ago I wrote about the 4 Stages of Sudoku. If you didn’t read that article, just click here to read it now…
In case you don’t remember the 4 Stages, here they are again:
Stage #1: Sudoku Ecstasy
Stage #2: Sudoku Is The Most Annoying Game Ever!!
Stage #3: Here I Am
Stage #4: Mastery
Now, in the next few issues of this newsletter, I’ll go over each stage, how to know if you’re in that stage and how to get to the next level quick, and easy.
Today we’ll go over:
Stage #3: Here I Am
As you read in the previous newsletter Stage 2 is probably the hardest stage to be in for someone learning Sudoku for the very first time.
Now, Stage #3 is the opposite.
Stage #3 is probably the coolest, most exciting of all the stages.
At this stage you’ve got a good understanding of the basics, you’re past the beginner stages and well into the intermediate stages.
Your techniques are good, you’re able to solve harder and harder puzzles, and you’re becoming ever more confident. You’re basically having fun with it… lots of it!
This is the stage where you can yell at the top of your lungs to the world:
“I Am Great At Sudoku!”
This stage is where you can proudly show off your skills because, well, you’ve arrived. You can say “Here I am!”
But there is a dark side…
This is also where a lot (I’d say the majority) of Sudoku players who successfully get here, stay at for a long, long time.
The main reason is that by this stage you’ve got the techniques to solve lots of puzzles, you’re confidence level is up, and chances are you’re in a comfort zone.
So… well, you know the old saying “If it ain’t broke… don’t fix it”.
Well, that’s not always true.
This stage is also where a lot of people start with their ego trips. You’ll find a lot of players who for some reason or another feel they’re the best thing since sliced bread.
Believe it or not, some even become pretty arrogant!
Whatever you do, when you get to this stage do not become complacent, and do not become arrogant.
If someone needs help, help them. Teach what you’ve learned.
If someone is new and asks you how to play, teach them and make them feel good. Don’t make them feel stupid if they mess up… remember, you were there at one point.
This stage is there for you to continue learning, but at the same time, helping the others who are starting to build up their confidence.
So please, for everyone reading this newsletter… if you’re at this stage make sure you don’t let your ego get in the way of actually doing what’s right. And if you’re almost at this stage keep in mind to be the person you are today.
With all this talk of Stage #3 being the stage where you’re playing at your best, you’d think that this is the ultimate stage to be in…
…but it’s not. Stage #3 is not even close to the type of Sudoku player who’s at Stage #4… in my next issue you’ll learn what Stage #4 is, how to get there, and what it takes to stay there.
You’re gonna want to tune in for the next newsletter because Stage 4 is hardly ever spoken about, and it’s truly the ultimate goal. And no I’m not talking about getting to a level where you’re beating ANY Sudoku puzzle ever invented… What I am talking about is…