How many activities do you do these days that you would consider “play”?

Do you “play” a sport or a do you compete in it?

Do you “play” with new ideas or are you simply learning new information?

Do you “play” your instrument (or whatever talent you’re good at), or are you always performing?

There’s a time to deliver, to take it seriously, to get it done.

But do you make time to do something without an immediate metric of success? Without a direct result of productivity? Without rhyme, reason or rules?

You should.

If you’re not playing, you’re working.

Anyone who works all the time will eventually realize that no matter how much money, respect, attention, approval, or fame their work garners, it’s no fun without play.