If it ain’t fun, don’t do it

I use a Google Chrome browser extension called Momentum. Whenever I open a new Chrome tab, Momentum greets me with a “Good morning, Mike,” and displays an image of a beautiful part of the world, the time, a question that asks “What is your main focus for today?”, and a quote.

Today’s quote was “If it ain’t fun, don’t do it.”

I think we all should seek to live our lives this way.

There will always be things that are not fun that we need to do. Taxes, chores, and TPS reports come to mind.

But as an overarching life and career philosophy, it doesn’t get much better and simpler than “If it ain’t fun, don’t do it.”

There should be multiple elements of fun in your career. Do you enjoy your industry? Is your job function something that gives you pleasure? Are your teammates fun to be around?

Is there enough fun in your personal life? Do you see your friends often enough? Do you play sports or get enough exercise? Do you do things that you enjoy?

Life it too short to do too many boring things, hang out with people who bring you down, and pursue a career that doesn’t give you some element of enjoyment.

You’ll always have to do menial and boring tasks, but if you find that your entire life is full of them, maybe it’s time to make a change.

Because if it ain’t fun, you shouldn’t do it.

What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear from you. Write your thoughts in the comments, tweet at me @mikewchan, or email me at mike@mikewchan.com.

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