Work Vs. Play

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I’m probably in the minority of people on this planet. I find work pleasurable. It’s interesting, it’s compelling, it’s challenging. I also have the kind of job where there are not necessarily right or wrong ways of doing something, and the kind where multiple roads can take you to success.

But I also have the kind of job where you have to be dedicated, passionate and continuously learning to be able to produce the best results.

It’s not a coincidence that my job is both challenging, yet I find it pleasurable and am passionate about it. Just the contrary, it makes sense. A job where you are simply repeating cycles everyday will never be as fulfilling as working somewhere where each project offers its own unique set of challenges.

You really never stop learning as a marketer, and there is never one magic bullet to achieve success. And that’s what makes it so attractive; it’s really just a big social science experiment, using your experience and your brand’s identity as a guide.

Some people really love fishing. It’s their true passion. So they become fisherman, work incredibly hard, and come home everyday exhausted. But they are completely satisfied, it is what they love. In terms of happiness levels, that fisherman is 100 times happier than the millionaire lawyer who is stressed beyond belief and fed up with his job and clients. The lawyer may come home rich, and have plenty of money, but doesn’t connect with his family and may be so stressed by the end of the day he can’t even enjoy his evening. The fisherman comes home fulfilled.

Now, these are just two examples – you could easily switch the two and find a fisherman who hates fishing and a lawyer who gets an absolute rush out of practicing law, but you get the idea. That fisherman who loves fishing or the lawyer who loves law probably has plenty of flow experiences daily, something essential to producing the best results.

It’s not so much what you do, or the money you make, but the level of satisfaction you have with your work and yourself that is of ultimate importance. Your level of job satisfaction carries into all other areas of your life, consciously or subconsciously.

Work can easily turn into play, if you have the right position to suit your personality and are given enough room to manage yourself and get things done on your own pace. Good management of passionate people involves letting go, and trusting those people to achieve success on their own rendition. And that’s what passionate people will do on their own, naturally.

Working around passionate and motivated people feeds into your own passion and motivation, and is something you’ll find in common throughout the members of successful organizations. Is your organization passionate? If yes, then your organization is certainly remarkable as well.

A great interview question to ask is, “what are you passionate about?” There should be no pause in the response. Passionate and dedicated people will not only know the answer immediately, they’ll actually start to talk about that passion without you prompting them. Try it on someone you just met – ask them what they are passionate about. The response is an instant indicator of their personality type and arguably, their intelligence. People that are truly interesting will have much to say.

That’s the reason the blogging world is so cool to me – it’s a place of people with passion. Only a few make a significant income from blogs, and most of them would probably blog even if they had all the money they ever needed. That is where work vs. play comes full circle – when your work is your play, and your play is your work – they can be one in the same. Remember your passion and take that as your new attitude tomorrow. Remember what drives you, and if your work isn’t your play, ask yourself, why not?

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