“Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father.” Roger von Oech
Not every aspect of any job will be fun, but if you’re not finding joy or value in what you’re doing, then why are you doing it?
Life is too short to feel dissatisfied eight hours a day, five days a week.
Work is about making a living—and sometimes when you’re in a bad place you gotta do what you gotta do. But work is also about joy and play. Without it, our lives feel stuck and stale. Maybe you don’t even realize that’s what’s been bothering you. There’s time for playfulness just like there’s time for seriousness.
But if every thing we work on is for money—we’ve got a problem.
Maybe not right away, but only grinding through unfulfilling work we’ll burn ourselves out—into the ground.
If you can’t find joy in your job right now, then add it elsewhere. Start a no-pressure project you want to do for the sheer fun of it. Maybe it’s something in your industry or maybe it’s something completely new. By “no-pressure” I mean something that doesn’t directly involve your financial wellbeing. Your fun project can still have challenges and deadlines—it’s still something you want to start and then complete—but it’s not necessary some time to immediately turn into a side business.
We spend our entire childhood playing and learning and then when we transition to adulthood and work somewhere along the way we lose that sense of play and end up only working. Most of us go from play to no play. No wonder all we end up doing is partying, drinking andor stream shows!
So have fun with it. Go make something. Build something with your hands.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1072
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