Fun at work

I played baseball in college. I’ve been on many teams in multiple sports. I know very well the fun and camaraderie that is built in those environments. My memories are filled with moments that I’ll never forget because of how much fun they were, or how hard I laughed. And especially how much I miss them. Now I’m an adult and have a profession. But what happened to the fun?

Stephen Curry is clearly having fun. And winning. So does that mean if you’re winning it’s ok? Otherwise you’re not allowed to have fun?

And at work is it the same? Must you be completing projects and delivering value before you have any fun? Is fun the reward for good work?

Or did I lose my way?

I think I’ve lost my way. I know better than to believe that fun is some effect of diligence or effort. In fact I can prove that in many cases, fun will increase the productivity and improve the atmosphere. And yet — here I am in many cases, not having fun at work.

Maybe it’s the definition of fun that I’ve lost. Because I can emphatically say that I love my work and enjoy the things I do. But that is not fun in my definition. The video above is fun. Silly. Spontaneous. Directionless. And when you see it, you immediately want it and recognize your lack of it.

Is it that there are no opportunities for fun at work? Maybe it requires the whole group you’re a part of to partake in the fun. If you do it by yourself it means you’re crazy. Nah.

I don’t know why I don’t feel “fun” at work. But hopefully just by noticing, I can put more fun into work.

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