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Work and Play

Updated: Jul 17, 2019

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.”

– James A. Michener


I’ve loved this quote since I first came across it in Kevin Carroll’s book “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball.” Carroll’s book inspires us to recapture the wonderment and play from our child hood and incorporate it into our work and everyday lives.


The author was the Chief Catalyst at Nike. His job was to catalyze teams and help them become more innovative all while increasing productivity and having fun. His philosophy on how to translate this into your work is captured in the following seven steps.


Commit to it

Seek out encouragement

Work out your creative muscle

Prepare to shine

Speak up

Expect the unexpected

Maximize the day




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