FUN is Contagious…And You Can Bring It!
I am about to share what may be some important, perhaps difficult, information for you to accept. What I am about to suggest is some of the most valuable advice I give everyone I work with. My clients pay for this. I’m giving it to you here for free.
Here it is.
If you want to be more successful at work, you must have more fun.
Fun is not frivolous. It is not an indulgence. It is not to be relegated to the weekend or an occasional laugh. Fun is the first step on the path to success.
Research shows that we are our best—our most creative, flexible, and persistent—when we are engaged in activities that bring us fun.
Happiness Brings Success!
Shawn Achor, who wrote The Happiness Advantage, proved it. He found that success doesn’t bring happiness. Instead, happiness brings success. He found in studying students at Harvard that those who studied longer to master the stressful, competitive environment burned out faster. Those who took time for fun—particularly time for friends— were more successful.
Fun is the number-one reason I fly Southwest Airlines. Nobody made flying more fun than its founder, Herb Kelleher, who died recently. (And on most airlines these days, flying is most decidedly not fun.) Kelleher was known for laughing, cracking jokes, drinking bourbon, and smoking cigarettes. Often he would be seen on a plane dressed as Elvis. Famous for his antics, he also achieved the near-miraculous, building a consistently profitable airline—one that carried the most passengers in the US in 2016.
Success Follows Fun
Few have experienced greater business success than Richard Branson, who is known for valuing fun at work (who also founded an airline, but also jumpstarted some five hundred successful businesses). “Fun is one of the most important—and underrated—ingredients in any successful venture,” Branson wrote in The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership. “If you’re not having fun, then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else.”
Fun comes first. That’s why “Tap into Your Fun Quotient” is the first of my Seven Principles to Peace, Purpose, and Freedom. I even dare to say that if it isn’t fun, I won’t to do it. That doesn’t mean I don’t work hard, that I don’t take on tough tasks, or that I will bypass a challenge. It means I always find a way to make my work fun.
Here is how I do it: I set an intention to have fun. That’s it. Intention always creates. Then I look for ways to make even the most difficult situations and tasks much more enjoyable. I have found that when one person—even if it is just me—is determined to have fun, others will join in.
Fun Is Contagious
Think about it. Who would you rather be around? Someone who knows how to have fun or someone whose smile is upside down? People who bring an intention to have fun also bring charisma and enthusiasm with them. Their attitudes are contagious, and for obvious reasons—they are simply more enjoyable to be around. It only takes one person to bring an infectious commitment to have fun—and that person can be you.
And yes, I ask the CEOs I coach to find ways to bring more fun to their work. Because they are leaders, and because fun is contagious, the fun spreads through their companies.
Tapping Your FUN Quotient to Bring Your SUCCESS Quotient!
I invite you to give it a try. Set an intention when you go to work tomorrow to have fun. Find just one way to begin to incorporate a fun state of mind. Smile at and greet everyone you pass in the hall. Add a fun quote to your email signature. Hang a SARK poster on your wall. Keep an adult coloring book at your desk for five-minute creativity breaks during the day. Sample a new fun food, like mochi or kombucha. Show off a little silliness: skip down the hall to your meeting. Or if that’s too much, just go skimpy on the seriousness, even if for a few minutes.
Just watch to see what happens. I dare say that once you start tapping your FUN quotient, your success quotient will rise right along with it. What’s keeping you from giving it a try? The worst thing that can happen is that you may look a little silly—and maybe cause your colleagues to wonder about that sweet, secret smile on your face.
P.S. Living More Peace, Purpose & Freedom
On February 4, I begin an eight-week class on how to live with more peace, purpose, and freedom. If you are in the San Diego area, please join me:
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