Who, me? Fun? In my business?

In a wonderful and insightful book “Get back in the Box” Doug Rushkoff makes the case for fun in your work, versus stressing out about doing things you don’t really want to do. This assumes of course, that there’s something in your work that you actually love or once loved doing.

fun n. A source of enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure.

So, are you having fun in your business? Is doing it a source of enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure?

Too many people tell me they’re miserable. They don’t want to do what their upline is doing and can’t figure out how to gracefully say “no” or have time to find other ways to do the business. So it’s costing more than they make in money, time, stress or self-esteem. Does that describe anyone you know?

“I love it madly” is not something I hear often from people doing NM anymore. You?

Here’s a story about people with computers – some of whom who love their thing madly – be they the creators, or consumers. People who are having fun with their thing.

We all know that most people have PCs (95%). And just a VERY small percentage of us are Mac users, no, Mac nuts. Most Mac users LOVE their machines. I’ve never heard of a PC lover, even though the great majority owns one.

However, having fun and loving what you do or have brings out the best in people, and in life, even if they’re not the richest. Here’s what Rushkof writes about Steve Jobs, Apple and iPod’s creator:

“Jobs can’t be put on the defensive about selling fewer than 4 percent of America’s personal computers. ‘Apple’s market share is bigger than BMW’s or Mercedes’s or Porsche’s in the automotive market,’ he told MacWorld just last year. ‘What’s wrong with being BMW or Mercedes? I think we’re having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we’re always trying to do better. But I think we’re leading the industry and we’re having a good time.'” – from Rushkoff, 2005, here.

A good time. What better way for someone to stay motivated? And what better way to motivate others, than to help them find ways to have a good time while playing the network marketing game as a means to improve your financial life?

So go ahead and try different methods of reaching out and training your new babies. Cadaver-Calling, the elephant method and the Jesus Technique come to mind.

Remember that Henry Ford thought he could sell one car to every person in America: Black. It took Alfred Sloan, founder of GM to offer us options – different colors sizes and shapes so people could CHOOSE. And choose they did. More than Ford had imagined.

That one innovation – choice – put GM in front, way in front, of Ford Motor Co for decades. Not bad for just offering choice, hmm? That made buying a car more fun. And manufacturing it, too. Everyone had more fun and car sales zoomed.

With a drop out rate of 102%, how much do we know about how to teach others to do this succesfully, anyway? So why stifle creative ways to do this? Why you might even encourage someone to actually have fun doing it.

Wouldn’t that be fun?

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