One of the books I read recently was “Fail Fast, Fail Often”. (Check it out on Amazon)
There was a story in there that impacted me and I wanted to share it with you.
The Fun Challenge.
In the book, there's a fictional story of a young man whose great-uncle (an inventor) passed away. The great-uncle had recently invented a fun-meter that you wear on your wrist, much like a Fitbit, only it measures fun instead of steps. The fun gets rated on a scale of 1-10.
A one meant you were “down in the dumps” and ten meant “happy as can be”.
Although the young man didn't know the wealthy uncle well, he was asked to come to the reading of the will. He was shocked to find out that he was awarded $100 million dollars … if he could pass a test.
The young man would have to wear the fun-meter every day for a year. The watch's data would be sent to the estate's office each day.
If, at the end of the year, the young man had reached a high of at least a 7 at some point every single day for the entire year, he would be awarded the $100 million dollars. If not, he got nothing.
I've told several friends this story and asked what they would do on their first day.
And to me “FUN” can be replaced with “JOY” or general happiness.
So what would bring you joy?
The results were very interesting.
One person, who I will not name, said “I would go bowling”. Now this person has the time and resources to go bowling and, in fact, there is a bowling alley only a few miles from our (uhhh… I mean HIS) house. 😉 This man has only bowled a handful of times since we were … I mean HE was married 23 years ago. So, WHY on earth isn't he going bowling? I mean, even stopping by for a game here and there after work? It doesn't have to be a big commitment or a big deal. He can just grab his smokin' hot wife and take her out bowling once in awhile.
Another friend of mine said said “I'd go fishing”. I asked “What's stopping you?” He said “Honestly, nothing!” I hope he goes fishing.
Now obviously we can't just have fun all of the time and ignore work. But really, for me a 7 on a joy scale would be jumping in the pool for a bit with my sexy husband, going on a bike ride, playing a game with my son, going to see my daughter in a show, or going to the park and swinging a bit.
Cheap. Easy. Quick. And, yes, I do all of those things, but I have not been mindful enough to make them a daily habit like brushing my teeth.Is 'do something that makes me happy today' on your to do list? If not, add it!Click To Tweet
The Story of the “Poor” Fisherman.
It reminds me of the story of the executive and the fisherman. (I've googled and googled and can't find attribution so someone please help me to attribute this to the right person). I may ALSO be getting this story totally wrong, but here's how I remember it as I heard it years ago.
An executive sees a poor fisherman standing on the bank, fishing in the sunshine. The executive walks up to the fisherman and strikes up a conversation. He asks why the man is not working. The fisherman says that he is happy fishing and has all that he needs.
The executive tries to inspire the fisherman and says that if the fisherman works hard for many decades, he could be wealthy some day. The fisherman again says that he has all that he needs and is happy.
The executive says with pride “Well someday I will be wealthy.”
The fisherman asks “What will you do when you are wealthy?”
The executive stop and states with a little laugh “I will go fishing”.
The fisherman replies as they laugh together “You don't need to be wealthy to do that!”
My Challenge to You.
So on this beautiful day, going into the weekend, I challenge you to commit to doing something every day to reach a 7 in fun (or joy or happiness) that day. Make a plan to do so. It can be cheap, easy, and fast if you're short on time.
- Go blow bubbles with your kids.
- Bake some cookies.
- Sing show tunes in the car.
- Climb a tree.
- Go on a walk along the waterfront.
- Get an ice cream cone.
- Try something new.
- Surprise someone.
- Snuggle puppies, humans, kittens.
- Play. Laugh. Love. LIVE.
I appreciate shares and I adore comments! Please share your thoughts.
With much appreciation.