Work is thought of as something that you have to do, while play is something that you choose to do. The distinction is more of an idea than a reality, since both require physical and mental energy. The best coaches and managers in the world are those who absolutely love what they’re doing.
The enjoyment of coaches is not a perk, it’s an essential ingredient of winning. People want to see the passion in a leader; it’s inspiring to think that all this commitment and energy are behind your team’s performance. You can’t fake your love of the game; it’s there or it’s not. If you find you enjoy leading people to success, give it all you’v got. If not, let someone else do it.
The crux of a mission statement is identifying what it is you enjoy so much that you lose track of time when you’re doing it. Part of that mission must also require the desire to make a difference in other people’s lives. You can achieve greater success in your responsibilities as a leader when your mission statement keeps reminding you of your passions while making important decisions regarding your career and your people.
~ Ken Blanchard
From “The Little Book Of Coaching” by Ken Blanchard & Don Shula
“One who has mastered the art of living simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing”
— James Michener