A NOBLE PURPOSE FOR ENGINEERING, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND BUSINESS
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PLAY AND PURSUIT OF NOBLE PURPOSE

Has your work pursuit become a grind? Are you playing enough? Having just returned recharged from a few days backpacking and camping with my family in the Colorado mountains, I can speak to the benefits of simple, playful moments.

As I pause now and close my eyes, I feel the gentle breeze on my face as it moves the colorful wildflowers in the peaceful meadow, hear the busy birds chirping, smell the pine needles, sense the increased confidence in my 12-year-old daughter after she learned outdoor survival skills, taste the refreshing stream water after a long, uphill hike, and see the brilliant starry night. These moments and their memory reignite my energy to continue to pursue my passions. What about you?

"All work and no play makes..." We've all heard it before, perhaps from your spouse and children and perhaps from your work associates. Yet with the demands of your business in these increasingly challenging times, it can be hard to justify being playful. Here are some suggestions from p. 108 in Pursuit of Passionate Purpose.

MAINTAINING A PLAYFUL ATTITUDE BRINGS BENEFITS:
More creativity, since play allows for experimentation
Less stress, since play reduces psychic tension
More confidence, since play develops competency
More connection to others, since play develops cooperation along with competition
PRACTICAL POINTERS:
Make your pursuit fun and playful
Smile more
Maintain a sense of humor and especially, laugh at yourself
Schedule and take a break. You deserve a 5-minute power meditation, a few days in nature, or a longer vacation. Book your next get-away now, even if it's just to the hammock in your backyard

SUMMARY: Play brings greater business performance, productivity, and passion. It makes business sense and allows you to successfully pursue noble purpose. How can YOU build more play into your work and life?

Theresa M. Szczurek (www.TMSworld.com)

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