Wilbur Doesn’t Play

February 23, 11


We all need to find ways to jam econo to borrow a favorite line from The Minutemen. Time and money together can often be in short supply. All time no money, all money no time.

This idea leads back to the blending factor that I mentioned in The Birdman of Maui. You just couldn’t really tell when the Birdman was working, but he WAS working and had most of the obligations that many of us do. He longed for health insurance and a netflix subscription to watch Firefly.

You CAN run a highly effective business and somehow manage to keep your sense of play. Patagonia and many others have shown the way. But their formation was different. They weren’t trying to pull the quick cash sleight of hand to please the hot venture capitalist of the moment.

They built something they used regularly, improved on it, and started sharing with others. It was a form of a gift paid back in direct loyalty, not a robbery or hardsell. 

Can we find a point where play and work intersect and then hold on to that balance?

 That’s the tricky part.

Most of us build our life around our work, instead of our work around our life. We think this is always necessary, but is it? Despite the messages streamed at us in advertising, we will have to make specific choices. We’re gonna have to make sacrifices.

So then, is play a worthy sacrifice?

You tell me.

“Repression of the life force” – is one of the most common forms of psychological diagnoses. A pill can’t fix it. Translation: Wilbur doesn’t play.

Put another way, the “expression of the life force” is a great way to describe play itself.

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