Is Your Plate Too Full to Play?

There comes a time in just about everyone’s life when we stand back, take a look at the bigger picture and reassess the decisions that brought us to where we are today. For most people, it involves the revelation of “I’ve worked so hard to achieve so much that my career has become my life.” While accomplishing your goals in life is certainly something to strive for, it’s also a double edged sword. Oftentimes you can become so focused on working as hard as possible that you just don’t have the time you once did to enjoy yourself — or worse, you forget to do it at all.

Many people see this moment of clarity as stressful or even depressing, but in truth it’s the opposite… provided that you’re looking at things from the right angle.

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

An old saying tells us that “if you truly love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” There is perhaps no better example of this than baseball. Most Major League Baseball teams play 162 games per year — but for the average player, their “work day” is a lot longer than just the three or so hours you see on TV:

  • Training is a massive time commitment that also happens to be physically and emotionally exhausting.
  • They have to practice harder and harder every day, less they lose those qualities that got them to the big leagues in the first place.
  • Many players live in a constant fear of getting traded to another team and not everyone signs those $25 million multi-year contracts.

Being an MLB player is a lot harder than you think… but despite that, it’s a dream that many work tirelessly to achieve every year. At the end of the day, it’s all worth it because the pros have found a way to make the ideas of “work” and “play” one and the same.

If You Love Your Job, Everything Else Falls Into Place

None of this is to say that everyone should just try to become a Major League Baseball player and all of their career troubles will be over. But it does underline the importance of making sure that your plate is never too full to play — because without that sense of fun, excitement and passion, what do we really have?