I am a firm believer in fun and that it should be experienced in all facets of life. Work is one of the few places that most people feel that they can not have fun in this world another is court, but thats a different story.
I have never understood people that say that the workplace is not for fun and that it should be all seriousness all the time. If you are not having fun at work then you should quit your job and go back to doing what you did in High School and College because at least then you were having fun in some regards, granted it was cheap fun.
Recently while trying to get a gear quote for an upcoming shoot I came across this page on Borrowlenses.com and it made me start laughing. This is what Im talking about by having fun at work and enjoying what you do.
Share and enjoy the fun and remember to find some way to have fun at your job everyday.
Jobs not the man but the thing that all of us have to have, unless you are a trust fund baby and even then you have a job in some form or another. We all have to work and find a way to support ourselves and to some extent justify our existence in this world.
What is it that you do for a job? Is it something that you enjoy or just do to pay the bills? Are you pulling “The Yuppie Nuremberg defense” as Nick Naylor said in ‘Thank you for Smoking’ when asked about your job?
Why is it that we can’t all find jobs/careers that we truly enjoy going to day in and day out? I remember back in middle school and high school taking tests that would tell you what you ideal career would be and mine gave me a range from Forest Park Ranger to Art Teacher and a lot of other low paying gigs. Sure being a Park Ranger would be fun at times but I don’t think I want to do that till Im 70 years old specially with the way the US government manages the Parks department.
No ultimately I settled on something that was not about the money or security and went after something I love doing, photography and filmmaking. Along the way its been rough and I have struggled plenty to continue pushing forward with it and even now I barely have a few hundred bucks to my name with lots of student loan debt but I truly love what I do. That love is the only thing that gets me through the weeks and sometimes months of unemployment only to land a quick one or two day gig before another few weeks. When Im constantly on the road working and trying to find some way to pay for the next hotel or next leg of a drive to make it to a possible job interview or meeting knowing that Im doing it for me and not to pay a car note or mortgage makes it worth it.
Yes Im young and not married nor do I have kids or own a house or loft, but even if I did I would still find a way to do this job. It would mean I would have to be more selective on jobs and fight even harder to stay in one place but it would be a sacrifice worth making because I would now be sharing my love with more than just my job/career.
So what is it that you love and why are you not doing it full time? Its not a crime if you are not, I walked away from doing photography full time years ago because it started to become more of work than the art for me. Just because its a job/career doesn’t mean that it has to be a drain on you.
We all want a job that we truly love and in the end that is what we all deserve, or we at least would like to think so. But the question is always how can we get that job? Some land it after an intense interview while some go out and create the company that can offer them that job and work environment. Not all of us are entrepreneurs nor do we all have the drive and motivation to spend every single dollar we have to create something, we don’t all want to spend months or years slogging through long nights of work with no pay or thank you or more importantly going back to three square meals a day consisting of Ramen Noodles.
That kind of torture albeit self inflicted is too much for many to handle, however there are a select few out there that almost crave that existence. They yearn for the pain because at the end it will validate their work and sacrifice, even if the venture ultimately fails because in the end they are trying to create a life out of nothing. They balk at society and its rules of conformity, the status quo of joining a big corporation and sticking it out through years/decades of pointless meetings, memos and training seminars. For them the joy of actually producing a product, company, job or way of life is the perfect salary whether thats 36k or millions a year.
A recent article on Fast Company further illustrates this point and affirms my belief in the entrepreneurs of the world today, take a look.