By Barry Maher
Business is like sex. And sex is the most existential thing in the entire universe: getting there is ALL the fun.
Enjoy. Have fun. I know this is work we're talking about here and they don't pay you all that money because it's easy. But that doesn't mean it can't be fun. The business gurus of Zimbabwe used to say, "If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing."
Sure you're anxious to reach your long-term goals. But if you can't appreciate what you already have, what makes you think you'll appreciate whatever it is you're working so hard to get? Don't put off sex until your old age.
WORK at making your job enjoyable. Imagine how great your life would be if you got as much enjoyment from your job as you do from your favorite hobby. Imagine what your people could accomplish if you could help them have that type of enjoyment, if you could give them as much motivation for the job as they have for their greatest passions in life.
Can you do that? Probably not. This isn't Oz, this is the planet Earth. How much fun can anyone have stripping the hair and fat from dead hogs? But the closer you move in that direction--even if it's only a step or two--the greater the benefits for you, your people and your company.
Walk the Elephant
If you're in management and trying to make the job fun for your people, watch out for simply foisting your own concept of fun on them. One supervisor created dissention by scattering candy dishes around an office where most of the employees were trying to diet. She had Muzak pumped in, and everyone hated the music she selected. Then she decided to fill the office with motivational banners, and insisted that everyone contribute a saying. This, at least, was fun for one person. The last time I was there, his inspiration message still hung proudly by the main entrance: "Walk the elephant and pitch to the giraffe."
You may not find that inspirational. You may even find it confusing, if you don't recognize it as the answer to the ancient philosophical question: "What do you do with an elephant with three balls?"
You walk the elephant and pitch to the giraffe. Let that be an inspiration to us all.
If you’re not enjoying your life now, how long are you planning on waiting before you start.