“WHAT DO STEVE JOBS, BOB DYLAN, AND PLATO ALL HAVE IN COMMON? APART FROM BEING SOME OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN HISTORY, ALL OF THEM THOUGHT OF WORK AS A GAME.”
Don’t Work, Play
Okayyyyy, pretty much the beastest post I ever read was posted 3 days ago by Charlie Hoehn, and it is THE MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE that could have been delivered to the human race at this time (link at the end of this post). He gets it, and puts it very well. You have to do shit that’s fun for you, or you will regret it. Here’s an excerpt:
“I’ve met a lot of incredibly talented and successful people, and nearly all of them approach their lives this way–they play… No one forces them to work on things they don’t care about or tells them how to spend their time. They just give themselves permission to follow their impulses and pursue what excites them. They create a little universe that revolves around their own fun… Every treasured contribution in the history of mankind was created through play: music, art, books, film, comedy, sports, dance, transportation, technology. We pay a premium for these things so we can experience the fruits of other people’s play!”
Our ‘don’t work, play’ mindset all started four months ago when we named our new Wi-Fi network for our tiny apartment playgroundlife during the time that we came back from SouthEast Asia and realized that life truly is a grand playground. It’s the most awesome playground imaginable. I’ve always believed this, that if we are not spending our lives playingaround on this magical playground, then we have been hypnotized. To quote Joe Rogan, “we live in strange times”, but it can’t be stressed enough that the internet makes it more feasible to make a living doing work you love.
The Information Age
Imagine the world is one giant marketplace, a huge night market. Each person is offering a piece of art or product or service that is related to something they care about. This market exists today on the net.
What we need, is for everybody to learn how to put their fun on the net, into the global marketplace. Its a skill, but everyone needs to learn it. Because if everyone had their fun on the internet, everyone would have the chance to connect with thousands of other people who like the exact same kind of fun, who are eager to learn more and get better at it. People who share interest in your fun stuff will want to ‘follow’ you, because by watching you have fun, they are having fun. And when you have a community of people interested in the same fun-ness, you have the ability to offer these people services and tools, specifically designed to help peeps improve their playing skills, or just get more of it.
Simply put, in the age of the internet, there’s no excuse for doing work you don’t love. U just gotta learn to be savvy wit it. Like how to get people to see your fun. My vision includes not just young people putting their ‘fun work’ on the internet for the world to experience, but for old farts too, who once said ‘I’m staying away from technology.’
There’s no hiding from the power of the internet. You can ditch the old mindset of just doing ‘work that needs to be done’, and start working on becoming financially independent doing work you love, spreading it out on the cloud for earthlings to see, or you can ignore the fact that business exists in the stratosphere nowadays. Information is smeared across the globe almost evenly right now, and it will be virtually even across all continents in the next 10 years. 2 billion people can go online now, and the 5 billion others are not far behind (Mark Zuckerberg is making sure of it).
People are talking
Check out my guy Fabian4Liberty’s videos, he’s been preachin ‘Passion-Based Work’ since Day 1. It just makes so much sense. Some good videos are below. Check out my whole playlist too. First one is from Tim Ferriss, check out all his shit on YouTube. Just search him and start learning.
“…How you feel when you go to bed and when you get up… If you’re feeling anxiety [about work] in those places, that’s not success, in my opinion.” – Tim Ferriss
~Here’s to livin that life, never forgetting that child-like curiosity, and doin shit just cuz it’s fun, and hilarious.