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!