Doug Rushkoff (“Get Back in the Box”) is not the only one who insists that the work one does can and should indeed be something YOU so enjoy that it feels like play – not something to be “compensated for” because it’s so dreadful, and so non-motivating that you only live for the weekends.
Yes, this includes those who are entrepreneurs and network marketers. Why not first find something to do that you love to do and get really good at? And when you have found that, find ways to do what you do so that YOU enjoy it, regardless of what your upline might insist that you do? Or your company?
Do what you enjoy to build your business – methods of reaching out, customers versus recruiting, talking your way or their way – choose what makes YOU feel good. You’re an independent contractor, aren’t you? You don’t have to “duplicate” anyone’s style that you don’t feel one with. So don’t.
The enjoyment factor you get from having the nerve to follow your heart might reduce the stress that causes early aging and crankiness…plus don’t you yourself love to be around people who really love what they do? From the cell phone sales person in the Best Buy store to people who work in the Apple store, to the gals working at Victoria’s Secret? Many of them do it more because they love it than just for the money, and it shows, doesn’t it? That extra suggestion, (NOT upsell) that little tip, that little extra knowledge they have…all makes our experience more pleasant and memorable, doesn’t it?
Versus the surly salesperson or clerk who lets you know you are interrupting them even though there are no customers nearby.
Quote for the day (ladies insert she/her – this is from the olden days):
“What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work, I shouldn’t have done it. Who was it who said, ‘Blessed is the man who has found his work?’ Whoever it was he had the right idea in his mind.
Mark you, he says his work – not somebody else’s work. The work that is really a man’s own work is play and not work at all. Cursed is the man who has found some other man’s work and cannot lose it.
When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world.
The fellows who groan and sweat under the weary load of toil that they bear never can hope to do anything great.
How can they when their souls are in a ferment of revolt against the employment of their hands and brains? The product of slavery, intellectual or physical, can never be great. – Mark Twain
Thanks to the Networking Times for the quote.