Nine-year old Sam recently asked his father, "Daddy, how can we make a stuffed animal come to life?" His father pondered..., and decided yep, it's a good question. A favorite toy yet stagnant and non-producing. The production of play is in the mind and action of Sam, not the stuffed animal itself. Sam must move the toy where it needs to be and set it into the amusement in order to make the play work.
I can remember a favorite teddy bear I named Fluffy. He didn't do much, just sat on my bed. And I recall countless headless (and otherwise) Barbies and paper dolls that required my imagination and accessories in order to work. A toy's job is to play, so play is its occupation, so to speak.
It is very easy to become stagnant in our jobs. To sit mindlessly at our desks, pounding away at a keyboard or surfing the net, smiling and dialing, or uploading and downloading... But what is being produced? How truly labor-intensive do you make your day?
It is, unfortunately, not play that is required to gear up for your day. Do you sometimes wish you had a wind-up key at your base to help you somehow make it to five o'clock before completely winding down? Rarely does my work day end at 5pm. So if you are like me, making it to midnight is about right - which becomes a more arduous task than one would typically like to think about.
Like a stuffed animal, there are those that require a significant amount of engagement in order to work. Then there are those that are self-winding and self-finding. Their intrinsic motivation is intensive and undeniable. Where is your intent, where is your purpose? Are you a stuffed animal that your clients or employer wish they could make come to life? Are you a headless Barbie with no self-direction or a paper doll, flat in purpose? If so, that is unfortunate for I am certain Sam would not approve.
Or being self employed in your own business. Nothing like having your name on the front of the check, the bank note, the lease, the contracts and having to make it happen to motivate one. Starvation or success is a great wind up key.
Some people are and some people aren't what? Mindless, unmotivated, and lacking purpose? I disagree ... I think everyone could be that way, but I do not believe that people just are that way or born that way. They may just need a coach or better parents or better opportunities or the right opportunities...
Being in a job you enjoy can make all the difference int he world. So can simply doing your job.