Many of my conversations end something like this:
Friend: “Have fun.”
DJ: “I always have fun.”
I usually reply that way for a few reasons. First, it’s different. The “boring” answer is “thanks.” Second – and more importantly – is that I really, truly try to always have fun. I mean, why not, right? Fun is more fun than not fun (Yeah. That makes no sense, but you get the idea).
School Can Be Fun
Last weekend the 2009 Kenan-Flagler Business School (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Executive MBA class officially wrapped up our program. We can now tell people we have an MBA. Cool, right? We spent much of the weekend working on our final team project, The Capstone (or CRAPstone as a teammate so aptly named it). Anyway, it was a tough assignment – one that attempted to bring together all of the learnings of the past 24 months into one big ol’ simulation.
For many, I think this final project was a bit of a stressful time. Not for our team. Team SiBTO (Six is Better Than One) as we named ourselves a few years ago, had fun. Yeah. Fun. I even caught some of it on my iPhone video. Push it. I mean…check it out.
4 Lessons Learned From “Push It”
I know. We should have been learning and not screwing around during our simulation. We should have been focused and disciplined. Heck. I bet if we were, Team SiBTO’s results would have been better then they were (Note: our team did not do so well). But we had fun. We bonded as a team, as individuals. We connected. We networked. A few takeaways from Salt ‘n Pepa:
- Don’t take yourself too seriously. That’s boring.
- Balance work and fun. If you can do both at the same time, even better.
- Laugh. Smile. Dance.
- Make others laugh and smile (and dance).
The Fun Challenge
Do you have fun in life? Do you do things that are “not boring?” Do you smile and laugh much of the day? Do you not take yourself too seriously? It’s September 1, 2009 (Football Season!). My challenge to you is to start having some fun at work and in life. Smile. Laugh. Be jolly. Life’s too short for the alternative.