How much fun are you having at work? Or does “fun at work” seem like an oxymoron to you? For me, I’ve found that the most fun I can have at work is to really launch myself into something new and exciting. Think about what you would get excited about learning – and then GO FOR IT.
Go for it the way a three-year-old goes for it when he gets turned onto something new. Until three weeks ago, my son knew virtually nothing about space. Then we got him one of those silly Magic School Bus books where the school bus flies around space. Next thing you know, he’s pulling the World Almanac down off the shelf and asking me to help him read the list of space missions. So we get a couple of more books, and now he has taught me all about the 11 planets (including dwarf planets Pluto, Eris and Ceres, you know, right?), the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud. Then yesterday we had to go to the grocery store to get various fruits with which we could estimate the scale of various planets. And when that wasn’t adequate, we had to go get a real model of the solar system and a little constellation dome. Never once did it cross his mind that most three-year-olds, at least most of the ones that I know, don’t feel the need to throw themselves into learning with quite this much gusto.
Sure, kids are all little sponges. So are we, or at least we have the potential to be. Who says you have to stop learning with passion once your job description is written down on a piece of paper? Don’t be limited by what the job description says. For more about passion, check out the “More Cowbell” post from Narciso Tovar and “You Gotta Want the Ball” from Tom Martin.
Uh-oh – here comes the “I’m too busy” excuse; I have zero empathy for that excuse when I hear it from people who supposedly are interested in learning social media, and I have zero empathy for you if that is what you are thinking right now. I get it. You’re busy. We all are. And I know that not everyone has the luxury that I have of an employer who gets it, too, and gives me the time to make it happen. But so what? No excuses. No surrender. Make learning a priority, even if it is for a short time each day. Your career is going to be a hell of a lot more fun – and more successful – if you do.
Have you found this to be true?