|English: One of the three balloonist jumps from the capsule as it crashed into the Pacific ocean during a failed attempt to circle the globe. The adventurers were stalled by the weather north of Oahu on Christmas Eve. They landed the balloon the next morning 12,500 miles into their 25,000 mile journey. The three were British billionaire Richard Branson, American millionaire Steve Fossett and Per Lindstrand of Sweden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
LinkedIn published Richard Branson's straightforward comments for entrepreneurs ("Five top tips to starting a successful business"); tip #4 was "Have fun, success will follow."
I had to think about this for a minute, for my questioning self (qs) asked:
Am I having fun? What is fun, anyway?
And common sense (cs) replied:
That's nuts. You have fun every day!
qs doubted: Do I? I have not recently gone dancing with hubby, or sat in a ticketed-seat at a college basketball game, ridden a horse, or taken photos of whales ...
cs replied: Remember the Washington-Dallas game last week-end? You were waving your arms at the television, "talking" to the coach, and yelling "RG, RG, RG!"
qs warned: Don't overdo it...but yes, that was fun. However, let's talk now about work fun, which is where this started. Branson says: "If you aren’t having fun, you are doing it (JP note: business/work) wrong. If you feel like getting up in the morning to work on your business is a chore, then it's time to try something else. If you are having a good time, there is a far greater chance a positive, innovative atmosphere will be nurtured and your business will fluorish (sic). A smile and a joke can go a long way, so be quick to see the lighter side of life."
cs counseled: You may not have thought of writing as "fun" or "a good time." Not like trying to circle the globe in a balloon! However, I note that for you it is fun, and sometimes even adventurous. Why do you find most days unfinished until you've been writing or making notes for writing?
qs argued: OK, but who's reading it?
cs warned: 'But' is negative in this case. People you do or, usually, don't know are reading. But if you knew of no readers, you would still write! That's even part of the adventure for you! Isn't that enough?
qs: Enough. Quite. Not too much; just right. Common sense, be happy.
of all things the most loathsome.
Mirth is better than fun, and
happiness is better than mirth.
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