10. Have Fun Every Day
Sure, you’ve heard that before. But it bears repeating. Have fun every day at work and outside of work...but especially at work.
When you wake up, I encourage you to ask yourself what you can do to make work a little more fun and enjoyable for yourself and others. You may not succeed every day, but if you head to work with that attitude then I promise you that your life will be enriched, and so will others.
Create a “fun committee” at work. Our company has one, and it makes a difference. We make sure to acknowledge birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and everyday life.
If you’re looking for more career advice, here are some books that have inspired me. These excellent books can motivate you, too, and help you arrive at your professional destination.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey. Covey’s acknowledged classic has sold more than 25 million copies since it was first published in 1989. TIME calls it one of the 25 most influential business management books ever written, and for good reason. Despite being nearly 30 years old, it still stands up.
Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive, by Harvey B. Mackay. Mackay’s 1988 classic was on The New York Times bestseller list for 54 weeks. If you’re looking for insights on closing a sale, this is where you should start.
Jobs, by Walter Isaacson. Steve Jobs was intense and creative. And of course, he changed our world. Isaacson’s riveting biography lays bare the icon’s brilliance as well as his demons. It’s a must read for anyone interested in innovation.
First Things First, by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill. Another winner by Covey. This time, he focuses on helping people organize their tasks based upon importance and urgency.
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. First Hillenbrand wrote Seabiscuit, then she gave us this inspirational winner, which was also made into a riveting movie. The book tells the incredible true story of Louie Zamperini, a gifted track star whose World War II story of survival may force you to rethink your life.
Undaunted Courage, by Stephen E. Ambrose. You know what you’re going to get by the award-winning historian of Band of Brothers. Here, Ambrose’s eye for authenticity follows Meriwether Lewis and Captain William Clark as they explored the Louisiana Purchase at the behest of Thomas Jefferson.