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How to turn work into play by doing what you love

When I was a little girl, I loved to put on neighborhood shows. I would organize the “entertainment” which consisted of songs, skits, dances and puppet shows. I remember how I loved being the center of attention. Ironically, the older I got, the more self-conscious I became until I had become the opposite of the center of attention; I was more like a wallflower. I kept to myself and only spoke to others if I was spoken to. It took me many, many years to get back in touch with this lost part of myself.

Sometimes we have veered so far away from our dreams we can’t even remember what they are. Sometimes all we know is, “I’m just not happy.” We may have material objects, we may even have money, but on the inside is an empty feeling that assures us there is something more . Finding that something more, is about figuring out what it is you need to be doing in order to feel fulfilled when it comes to work.  When you do what you love and get enjoyment from that, then work seems like play.

Marcus Buckingham, author of “One Thing You Need to Know” says, “Some people will tell you that it doesn’t matter if you like your work; you just have to be good at it. Question this advice. You may well be good at some activities you don’t enjoy, but your enjoyment is the fuel you require to keep practicing the activity. Lacking this enjoyment, your performance will likely plateau.”

So part of creating work that you love is really about self-discovery and digging deep inside of yourself to see what makes you happy.  I can assure you that chasing the money doesn't work long-term.  They say that if you do what you love, the money will follow.  The key is to figure out what you love, be committed to it and that is how you turn Work into Play.

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