Work as Play for Labor Day

As we commemorate Labor Day in the United States, I would like to wish my readers from around the world a fulfilling and prosperous work life—one filled with challenges you enjoy and opportunities to make the world a better place in big ways or small, every day. If you’re looking for work, I wish you the clarity to articulate your selling points and the tenacity to go after opportunities you deserve—without ever abandoning your dreams.

Play Like Mark Twain
“What work I have done I have done because it has been play,” said humorist Mark Twain in an interview in the New York Times in 1905. “If it had been work I shouldn’t have done it,” he continued. He added, “When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world.”

Little actions, big results
Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, Ph.D., reminds us how much of a difference each one of us can make. This applies to our work and our play—or our work as play. She tells a Japanese story about how a hummingbird put out a forest fire—and how you can be a hummingbird in your own way.

Get recognized for your contributions
Making your mark is one thing. Getting recognition for your mark is another. Here’s a reminder to my readers who are introverts; this from the dedication in my book, Self-Promotion for Introverts®: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead:

“For you who go mum at meetings, get passed up for promotions, and would rather read about the Powers That Be than rub elbows with them. You’re the brains behind the operation, the creative virtuosa, and the walking wiki. You want to make more of a difference in your life and the lives of others—but first they need to know who you are.”

A word of thanks
On this first anniversary of this blog, a word of gratitude to my readers, my audiences when I speak, and my clients for continuing to entrust me as your confidante and thinking partner—you are all making my work play. If you haven’t already done so, I hope you find work that is play too. And whatever your contribution to make the world better through your work and your play, take it from Maathai: “No matter how small it is, collectively it will make a difference.”

©Copyright 2010 Nancy Ancowitz

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