The Game of Work - How to enjoy Work as much as Play

Dear Nikken Friend,

Much of what makes our life satisfying and meaningful is our work. Doing work that really matters, and doing it well…perhaps making the decision to be a part of the top 20% in your chosen field can assure that your life will be amazing! Jim Rohn has a great talk about how to make a plan for yourself.

You may be asking, if there are so many obvious benefits to maintaining exact measurements, why then is not more measuring going on? Perhaps some people think it is just too much trouble, or that it is too time-consuming. Others may be afraid of the truth — suspecting they may not be doing a very good job. They don’t think they are winning, so they don’t want to know the score. What they don’t realize is that they cannot win unless they keep score. There is no way to win without a score.

There are three kinds of workers or players:

  1. Those who know they are winning.
  2. Those who know they are losing.
  3. Those who don’t know the score.

It is a fact of life that those who keep score, whether they are winning or losing, win more over the long run. These are the people who accept personal responsibility for their own actions, they would rather know the score while losing than not know the score. The people who achieve financial independence do so by knowing the score. They are people who set specific goals and keep track of progress towards those goals, even when things are not going smoothly.

I have never met a winner who didn’t know the score

George Brett, the great .375+ hitter for the Kansas City Royals, was asked in an interview what his batting average was that day. This was during his quest for the second .400 season.

He said, “I’ve got 169 hits in 450 at bats. My batting average is .375, and if I go three for four today it will go to .379.

One of the reporters was astonished at Brett’s command of mathematics and questioned him on it. George said, “it’s not very unusual. All the .350+ hitters in the league can tell you what today’s performance will mean to their overall batting averages.“

But let a reporter ask any of the players batting under .200 what their averages are, and they’ll say, “Oh I’m not sure, a buck and some change,” meaning somewhere over .100.

Winners like George Brett understand that there is no joy in victory without running the risk of defeat. You cannot sit by as a spectator in the game of work. You must trade your season tickets for a pair of shoes and come down on the field, the only place where points can be scored. – (all from the above book)

Let’s all get on the field and keep score!

Dave & Ben