Don't stop having fun.

The Halloween edition.

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The Really Rich Journal

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Jack Nicholson, The Shining

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The Weekly Tone

First off, Happy Halloween 🎃 to you all. So, it makes sense to start with a quote from Kubrick’s masterpiece, The Shining, to chill your spine into the entrepreneurial spirit.

We've all heard the phrase "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," right? Well, here's a newsflash for you - it's true. It's not just a pithy quote from a horror movie.

It's a principle that carries a lot of weight in business.

Now, I know what you're thinking. "Oh great, here goes Mr. Finance Guy, telling us to goof off instead of working." Not quite. What I'm suggesting is far more sophisticated and, dare I say, fun?

It’s not goofing off from work, it’s goofing off in work.

Here's the deal: when the fun evaporates from your work, your creativity and innovative thinking dry up too. It's like trying to make a margarita without tequila. You're just left with a glass of cheap sour mix, and who wants that?

When you're not having fun, you're not engaged. And when you're not engaged, you're not pushing boundaries, questioning the status quo, or thinking outside the box. You're on autopilot.

And what happens when you're on autopilot? You become just like everyone else. And you start to bore a lot of people.

I can hear you now. "But isn't consistency key in business?"

Yes, consistency is important. But so is differentiation. If you're just like everyone else, why would a customer choose you over the competition? Your unique selling proposition disappears faster than a bottle of mezcal at my Halloween party.

This doesn't mean you have to install a slide in your office or start having weekly go kart races (although, that does sound fun, in my opinion). It means you need to find what makes your work enjoyable and do more of it.

Maybe it's brainstorming new ideas, or perhaps it's the thrill of closing a deal. Maybe it’s not working and just “playing” with new ideas. Whatever it is, find it and make sure it finds its way into your week.

I've found that when I'm enjoying my work, I'm more likely to challenge myself, take calculated risks, and come up with innovative solutions. And trust me, that's a lot more exciting than just crunching numbers.

When I’m merely humming along, I’m not doing my best.

So, let's stop being like Jack. Let's put the fun back in our work and watch as our creativity and innovation soar.

It may even sneak a few bucks into your Halloween candy haul.

And have some candy corn while you’re at it.

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