Difference between work and play

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. It’s an old proverb. Is it still valid today? Let us see the difference between work and play in this fast changing virtual world.

“Work” is something that you do for a living, a career, or for a future career. You could be a doctor, engineer, business professional, lawyer, dentist, a tennis player, student or anything else that is needed to keep you “working”. It could be routine and boring. It could be challenging and thrilling. It could be fun to be at.

“Play” is something that you do for fun. It is something that you seek beyond work. It revitalizes and replenishes your spirit to keep yourself going. Without this part of our life that we adopt something according to our tastes and preferences, life would be hectic and unbearable.

A long day for a surgeon should be boring, it’s a daylong concentration on cutting and sewing human pieces! His/her recess in playing tennis in the evening is a “play”. A tough match at Wimbledon between two professional tennis players is a hectic “work”. That is what they do for a living, don’t they? A recess beside a swimming pool must have been their play! By the same token, a tough swimming competition at Olympic is a difficult “work”. Watching movies after the competition must have been their “play”.

There has been a problem though. In this fast changing virtual world, the pressure to be successful has called for specialization based on your “play” instinct. “Play” is something that you do for fun, besides your regular work. How about you choose your work in such a way that you find the most of the “play” elements in it? If your work and play boundary is gone, which has happened to many innovative and successful individuals around the world, you could be invincible. All work and all play made Steve Jobs (and others) a full boy!


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Working as Associate Professor, School of Business, United International University, Bangladesh; a North-American graduate, with doctoral studies from UUM, Malaysia; cherishing a wide-view of the world, with multiple interests in culture, people, traveling, and specifically marketing science. I have a colorful and diversified background with a blend of corporate experience, research, consulting, training, public speaking and teaching. I love to write about marketing issues that affect our lives, and talk about its direction that would promote the greatest human welfare.
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One Response to Difference between work and play

  1. Najmun says:

    Old adages of the kind live through perpetutity. Having said that, professionals have found ways to reinforce the proverb or adage of this nature in a roundabout way. Professionals have, and will continue to harp and sharpen the element of niche marketing in whatever they do or embark upon. This, in and of itself, has allowed “passion” to demand more attention in both work ethic and standard operating procedure. Does that mean there was no passion in the work ethic, methodology, or SOP in what was being done by Steve Jobs and not Lee Iacocca or Akij Biri or Jahaj Marka Alkatra. Not quite. There was passion, except that it was in the back burner. It played second fiddle to other priorities. In the new world of professionalism, indeed the trick is indeed to find the optimum (not the maximum) amount of “play” in “work” that blends in all non-work elements to arrive at the right mix. Small wonder therefore, that innovative companies like You Tube, Facebook, Linked in, Kindle, etc. etc. have surfaced and thrived in quick time and we hear statements like: “…Oh, I get paid for having fun..” Have fun!

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