The NFL season is in the rearview mirror with the hometown team winning their division and making a playoff appearance. While the Vikings quarterback did not ultimately lead his team to the Super Bowl another young quarterback did by the name of Cam Newton.
True, Newton had a bad day at the office on Super Bowl Sunday. And he could’ve used our counsel before his post-game press conference:
But Newton’s season up until that point was characterized by the joy with which he played, not the pouting he displayed after losing the biggest game of his career. As a football fan, he was entirely compelling and entertaining to watch both because of his immense athletic talent but equally because of the obvious enjoyment he took from playing football.
We’ve had athletes here in Minnesota who exhibited that exuberance and love of the game. The most famous was none other than quarterback Brett Favre, who Vikings fans secretly admired when he played across the border and who they outwardly adored when he donned Vikings horns.
That admiration stems largely from the boy-like manner with which he played the game. Favre’s game was highlighted by him racing down the field after throwing a touchdown to tackle his teammate who was on the receiving end of the pass.
And with the Wild currently dwelling in the cellar, Minnesota sports fans turn their eyes to Florida where the Minnesota Twins begin Spring Training.
Last season, Twins fans were treated to the return of Torii Hunter, the outfielder with a million dollar smile. Another athlete whose incredible talent was matched by the joy with which he filled the dugout.
Playing with joy is not limited to athletics. One of the best concerts I ever attended was Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham’s Out Of The Cradle solo tour. The reason the performance was so amazing was the obvious delight Buckingham took in exercising his talent.
Playing With Joy Professionally
While all of us have likely beheld such an athletic or artistic performance, Playing With Joy is not a concept we naturally associate with our professional lives.
Performing at the top of your professional abilities can and often is as joyful as a peak athletic or musical performance.
We Play With Joy at Karwoski & Courage.
Yes, every job has its frustrations and disappointments but when you and your co-workers usually have a smile on your face when you come to work and when you approach you work with enthusiasm, you’re Playing With Joy.
One of the things we make a point of telling potential clients is that we’re fun to work with. We are because we love what we do.
It is an important consideration when you are choosing a vendor or a business partner to work with. Do they smile? Do they joke with one another? Do they appear to enjoy one another’s company? Do they talk about their work enthusiastically? Do they have fun?
Life is too short to spend it working through frustrating relationships.
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