January 28, 2015, TGIW: Unhumping Hump Day…Care to Play? - CareerGuy.com

January 28, 2015, TGIW: Unhumping Hump Day…Care to Play?

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Jan 28

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” –Albert Einstein

If the rules of the game were to work hard, earn good grades, get the high paying job, keep the nose to the grindstone, move up, amass wealth, and then enjoy retirement…why did most of what seems like fun come at the end?

Our western, industrial-culture mindset doesn’t put a lot of emphasis on the ideas of play or, much less, playing a game. At least not where “work” is concerned.

Yet, in some continuing education I’m enjoying, I’m being impressed with the ideas of “play” and the concept of “playing a game” that can allow all of us to reach our goals on our own terms within far more enjoyable mental, emotional, spiritual and even physical environments.

In private engagements with clients, I’m bringing this idea to the forefront: that our objectives can be achieved more playfully inside a context of performing better as players in a game with a coach vs. sweat shop workers doing tasks and being managed.

How can you bring the spirit of play to dreams that mean the most to you right now?  How could you bring a game to it?

Got gamey?

“Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it.” –Sai Baba

About the Author

DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.