W is for Work & Play

Posted by Pierre de la Fortune on September 23, 2015 @ 12:01 a.m.

Written by Peter Baskerville and Dr. Neil Flanagan

The global entrepreneur Richard Branson said in a 2003 interview with Fortune “I don’t think of work as work and play as play. It’s all living.” This is typical of the entrepreneurial mind-set and quite possibility contributes to their remarkable good health. It is the entrepreneurial promise ‘to do what you love and to love what you do’ so it is near impossible for the entrepreneur to tell when they are working and when they are having fun. For them, this sort of hair splitting definition, the entrepreneur leaves for others to identify.

This enjoyment of what they do leads to another typical response from entrepreneurs – retire from what? Entrepreneurs have no plans to retire in fact have great trouble understanding how you retire from living. Sure, they sell their enterprises from time to time but it is not long before they are back into the thick of things with a new project or idea. The sales pitch of the ‘get-rich-schemers’ to retire early, is definitely not directed at the entrepreneur. Research [5] inidcates that entrepreneurs are three times more likely to indicate that they never intend to retire.

Perhaps the closest entrepreneurs could get to anything resembling this would be the entrepreneurial concept of returnment. That is, to return all those favours and benefits that have been bestowed on the entrepreneur throughout their life, back to a new generation of start-ups by way of angel investing, mentoring and coaching. "What a fulfilled life it is where work and play mesh so indistinguishably. Where both are pursued with a spirit of excellence, displaying at all times an unconquerable passion and imbibing an endless duty to love. Where every act is an expression of a deep sacred belief, the totality of which is acknowledged by others as the ‘mastery of life’."[14]

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