Playtivity

“The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation.” — Bob Iger

“Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.” — Bryant H. McGill

Money. An agreed-upon collective idea of trust and value. Some use it as a measuring stick. And others see it as a means to an end. Like many things, it’s not something that’s good or bad, rather it’s how you use it that counts.

What I find interesting is that some of the greatest inventors and artists of humanity made things not for the money, but for the love of creativity, curiosity, and the joy of figuring things out.

Sure money was the periphery—you can’t have the Italian Renaissance without the Medici—but money was never the motivator.

Apple wouldn’t have been Apple without both Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. And Jobs was superb at marketing and selling, but he didn’t make things just to make a profit.

Creativity was the goal. Or play. Or solving. Or exploration. Or enjoyment. Or any number of meaningful reasons we do what we are driven to pursue.

Money is an amplifier. When you have enough (‘enough’ is a loaded word) to not worry about it, then you have greater flexibility to play. But even without it, we can still make time for more play and curiosity in our lives, we just have to fit it in where we can.

Takeaways:

  • Don’t make money the main reason you do something.
  • If you are doing something just for the money alone, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it. (Unless it’s a means to an end.)
  • Money is an amplifier
  • Create because it feels like play to you.
  • Make room for play no matter how old you are or what’s going on in your life.
  • The best kind of play is about making and discovering—not just consuming.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1263

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