Don’t Be So Serious

Years ago, my business partner and I were traveling from Memphis to Chatanooga for meetings with clients. On the road in Tennessee we discovered there were a number of huge firework outlets. We finally stopped to see what it was all about.

Walking in we discovered every firecracker known to man. It was little boy heaven. We spent the cash we had in our pockets and, at the invite of the guy who ran the place, went out back, took off our suit jackets, and chucked fireworks at each other for half an hour.

Another time we rented a convertible but ,because it cost so much, we committed to always having the top down. Little did we know it was storm season in east Texas. We got wet, but man it made for a great story.

Business is hard. It sucks a lot of the time. But, I figure one is working to live, not the other way around, so it’s a imperative to enjoy the moments as they come, far and few between as they may be.

Celebrate the wins, move on from the losses, and take advantage of the reason you are doing the work in the first place. Find the humour in what you are doing. It may be serious work, but you don’t have to be. Explore cities you find yourself in, eat and drink local, go to hear music or watch a play.

In other words, whenever the opportunity presents itself, stop and smell the ‘gunpowder’.


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