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Enjoying what you do! Enjoying what you do!  Plato said that work should be play. Some airline employees have taken his injunction seriously.  After landing, one flight attendant announced . . .Read full story >>

Plato said that work should be play. Some airline employees have taken his injunction seriously.  After landing, one flight attendant announced . . .
'Thank you for flying Delta Business Express. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride.'

As a plane touched down and was slowing to a stop at Washington National, a lone voice came over the loudspeaker . . . 'Whoa, big fella - Whoa!'

One pilot made this weather announcement . . . 'Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but they'll try to have them fixed before we arrive.'

'As you exit the plane,' a flight attendant said, 'please make sure to gather all of your belongings.  Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.'

And passengers heard this just as they were to exit the aircraft 'Last one off the plane must clean it.'

To enjoy your work more, it helps to put some play in what you do. But what if you don't like your work? Can you find something to do you enjoy?

Authors Doug Hall and David Wecker tell the story of Ken Davis, a man who found a simple way to enjoy his work (Making the Courage Connection - Fireside Books, 1997). Ken just couldn't find his occupational niche. He worked at a variety of jobs and disliked them all. While Ken was working as a door salesman, he noticed that at least half of his customers had malfunctioning doorbells, and suddenly, Ken's life career became clear. He opened his own doorbell repair service.

Ken's wife laughed when she first heard his idea. When she realized he was serious, she cried. Whoever heard of making a living repairing doorbells?  But Ken is making a comfortable living at his unique job, and he's happier than he's ever been. Ken didn't enjoy what he was doing, so he is now doing what he enjoys.

'The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else,' Earl Nightingale asserts. 'Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember, jobs are owned by the company; you own your career!'

No matter where you work, you work for yourself! With a little creativity and imagination, your work can seem less like drudgery and more like play. And wouldn't you really rather have it that way?

Written by Steve Goodier

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