Allow J M Barrie’s words to hang in your mind for a moment – “to live, will be an awfully big adventure” – and consider the landscape of your life rolling out in front of you, a red carpet rich with opportunity, that is, if you work hard enough for it – and there goes that bubble…
Work Play Love - Part Two
“I don’t ever want to be a man, I always want to be a little boy and to have fun”.
- Excerpt from the film, Hook.
Average Joe will have worked over 90,000 hours in his lifetime based on a 40-hour working week from the age of 20 – 65 with four weeks holiday a year, which leaves me questioning where any time is left for adventuring, given the time already allocated for say, sleeping and eating.
The glaringly obvious solution here is to ensure that you embark upon a career journey that will bring you that sense of adventure. Though this may be easier said than done, the Huffington Post asserts that those happiest in their work life were those in the Arts & Entertainment i.e. creative industries, particularly those who worked in-house with a team of like-minded folks around them.
Adventure (noun): An unusual and exciting or daring experience.
CellarDoor was founded on the very definition of ‘adventure’ and has embodied the component parts of its meaning each and every day since its inception. Growing from just one gent on a mission to inject the craft element into what we consider true creativity, we have recruited like-minded folks with the same spirit and approach to each day – with an attitude that sees every moment as having the potential to be an unusual and exciting or daring experience.
We don’t get the 94 bus to work, or exercise excellent clutch control in traffic on the M5, or play chicken on our pushbikes with cars running late from a school run gone wrong – we take the second star on the right and carry straight on ‘til morning.
“Playing’ is considered by us to be integral, in almost a mathematical sense e.g. input = output. If we are engaged and having fun with what we do, that will transpose into the finished article. Its science, and the clever bods at the Association for Psychological Science agree. Their research has “found evidence that play at work is linked with less fatigue, boredom, stress, and burnout in individual workers. Play is also positively associated with job satisfaction, sense of competence, and creativity”.
The phrase work / life balance is banded about as frequently as ‘how are you’ nowadays, and more often than not, raises the same levels of anxiety – such is the elusiveness that surrounds each of these seemingly innocuous lines of question or statement, buts lets break it down. If adventure = play, play = work and work = life, then we could (should) all be winning at life.
At CellarDoor, our first big studio investment (yes, before any software), were the letters below, and they remind us ‘Adventure is out there’, Charles Muntz, Up.
It’s our job to seize it.