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When Work Becomes Play

When Work Becomes Play

Many years ago when I first got married I said to Roselyn, “You need to understand something about me…..I’ll only keep on doing what I’m doing if I’m enjoying it.” This doesn’t mean that I’m going to quit working if I have a bad day but it does strike at an important life issue.

We spend a large amount of our time working and I’m amazed by the number of people that hate their job and yet turn up every day. I’m amazed for two reasons. One, they are disciplined enough to keep on doing something they don’t like, two, they are in a position where they have to do it and three, they feel they can’t move onto something else.

Obligations are a scary thing and one of the lessons I’m trying to teach my own children is the financial noose that all those unnecessary things can place around your neck. You don’t really need a fancy car, brand new phone or the very latest computer. Going without is often a really good thing to do as it teaches us patience. Going without often gives us the flexibility to move onto to other things where we really enjoy life and work becomes play.

As many of you have seen, my daughter Sarah, is now working part-time with me. The other day she had a great big smile on her face and she said to me, “Dad, I can’t believe how much I’m enjoying this!”

I replied, “There’s nothing like working hard and having a fun time doing it.” Make sure you drop her a line and say "hi" on the blog here.....just look up Sarah Gilmour.

For many years, work has been associated as one step up from slavery and jobs were a thing you just had to do. Yes, we need to earn money but work in itself is often its own reward. This is why so many people volunteer for worthy organisations…..it’s not work to them.

The other day I had my nine-year anniversary at my company, ParkLogic, and I can honestly say that it’s been one heck of a ride. Each day I work really hard but I love my job and I keep on having fun. There’s nothing quite like doing a great job for a client and having them thank you for the work that you’re doing. I would also like to thank all those people that wished me well on my anniversary!

Have a great weekend!

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Michael Gilmour has been in business for over 32 years and has both a BSC in Electronics and Computer Science and an MBA. He was the former vice-chairman of the Internet Industry Association in Australia and is in demand as a speaker at Internet conferences the world over. He has also recently published his first science fiction book, Battleframe.

Michael is passionate about working with online entrepreneurs to help them navigate their new ventures around the many pitfalls that all businesses face. Due to demands on his time, Michael may be contacted by clicking here for limited consulting assignments.

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Comments 1

 
Rawgi on Monday, 07 March 2016 16:46
My take on work

I have worked for many years, almost 42 i believe. I have always tried to learn as much as I could so as not to have to depend on other people to do work I couldn't do myself. I also felt that my purpose in life was to help others. So throughout my working life, I have tried many things, some fun and some not so fun. I found that after all these years, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I get a lot of pleasure being able to use what I have learned and experienced to help, not for monetary gain, but just for the smile or knowing I did something good. It drives some people nuts, but that's what I do. It can't always be about money.

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I have worked for many years, almost 42 i believe. I have always tried to learn as much as I could so as not to have to depend on other people to do work I couldn't do myself. I also felt that my purpose in life was to help others. So throughout my working life, I have tried many things, some fun and some not so fun. I found that after all these years, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I get a lot of pleasure being able to use what I have learned and experienced to help, not for monetary gain, but just for the smile or knowing I did something good. It drives some people nuts, but that's what I do. It can't always be about money.