You get paid not to play - so get creative


I am an avid consumer of podcasts, books, blogs, and learning. 

Every bike ride to my co-working cafe, every time I cook - if I am not rocking some kitchen karaoke, that is- I am plugged in to podcasts or books on Audible.

Among my top favourites is the amazing James Altucher, who I recommend you check out for many MANY reasons.  

This week a part of his podcast interview with Charlie Hoehn really piqued my interest. 

Actually, a LOT of it did, not least Charlie's open discussion about his burnout and anxiety, which I applaud hugely #teamburnoutrecovery. 

The piece that jumped out was related to how in corporate jobs, you are paid not to play.  

You are given amazing salaries, healthcare and "safety" as a payment for not taking risks and playing with what lights you up.

Play is a power move- it's a daily element we all need to thrive, but so few of us entrepreneurs allow ourselves the luxury.  
If you have already made the leap away from the golden handcuffs of your job, you owe it to yourself to make sure play is a big part of your business. 

Play is when ideas occur.

Play is when we are in our highest vibe and excited- which is also when genius occurs.  

When we hustle, when we force ourselves to tick boxes and work through the busyness, that spark goes.  

If involving play in your day feels like a massive shift, start small.

Start with just 10 minutes of whatever lights you up, whenever you can.  

So yes, write your poems on your commute if that's the only space you have right now (hey, I have a family too, I know how things can take over). 

Read a novel in an amazing coffee shop in your lunch-break. 

Write lyrics for half an hour.


Sign up for a class in calligraphy on Skillshare. 

Meditate under the cherry blossom and then drink beer. 


You owe it to yourself. 

I am cheering you on.


P.S I just ordered Charlie's book "Play it away" - let me know in the comments or on Twitter/Facebook if you are reading it too.

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