My recent blog post “Be a Man: It’s Good for Business” generated some fascinating comments, but the ones that most intrigued me are the comments suggesting that to succeed in business, we may have to do things (maybe even a lot of them) that aren’t pleasant.
No one said becoming an entrepreneur would be a piece of cake, or that every moment spent in your entrepreneurial activities would be joyous and uplifting: but don’t we share a general notion that our work should be fun? If not, I’m wondering, what’s the point?
Comments on an earlier blog post, where I reacted to an article that suggested women take up golf because it’s good for business, made the case that in business we may have to do all sorts of things that aren’t any fun. Boy – maybe I’ve been lucky! I’ve been in business for over 25 years, and although every minute of that time hasn’t been unadulterated ecstasy, I am happy to say that I haven’t had to take up any hobbies I wasn’t otherwise attracted to….or take on any really onerous tasks…..or otherwise suck it up and endure non-fun activities in order to stay employed. I’d hate to think that women approach their careers – especially entrepreneurial ones – with an expectation of duty rather than self-expression, triumph, and continual learning. Why not make it fun?
One hundred years ago, no question, our grandmothers and grandfathers may not have had the choices we have today, to find careers that were rewarding. But entrepreneurism (and to a large degree, all white-collar work, corporate or otherwise) is about making choices. If you love flowers, you can open a flower shop. If you hate flowers, you’d make a different choice. The business world does not sentence you to take up golf because you feel you hafta. If that’s your attitude, won’t you end up resenting your work?
Take a look at the blog post and the comments and see what you think. Leave us another comment on this topic, please: Do we deserve to have fun in business? Can we make our enterprises the best jobs we’ve ever had? And if not, why not?