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The benefits of being in play

December 10th, 2011


Here is my favourite quote from the book:

When you finally stop sitting around thinking and get into motion, wonderful things happen. Firstly, you get lots of feedback – both internal and external. The external feedback is about what you´re good at and what you´re not so good at. The internal feedback is how it felt, what you enjoyed and what you didn´t. Record it all.

The other thing is that once you´re in motion, the view is completely different. Just like the view is different for the person who gets on the train compared to the person who stays behind on the platform. In transit all sorts of opportunities present themselves that aren´t visible when you´re sitting at home researching on google. You run into people who can help you on your project; you get recommendations for books you can read and websites you can use, and people ask you to help them with their projects. You might even make some money before you´ve really tried to!

The clearer the purpose of your project and the more committed you are to it, the more you´ll find people step forward to help you. Don´t worry about career plans and long-term goals; play out your unfolding work direction.

Choose a project to try out your favourite work option and start it straight away. Set a release date for your project, decide how you will share the results with others, and plan to celebrate when you get there!

What you should do now:
Write down a definition of your play project and a release date.

Take ten minutes to play
Start right now. Take ten minutes to start on your play project. You´ll be surprised what you can achieve in ten focused, uninterrupted minutes. Grab the nearest piece of paper and sketch out your idea or call someone who can help you.

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