Fans look at successful bands and think, "How cool would it be to do THAT for a living? Sure looks more fun that what I do."
I'll let you in on a little secret - Being a professional musician is a J-O-B. Playing the same song for the 1,000th time can be as mundane as any task you do in your job. It isn't the job itself that is fun -- it is how you approach it that makes it fun... or not! It's also how you define fun.
A band often dreams of playing a gig to a full US Bank Stadium crowd. That will be more fun than playing to the 200 people that it takes to fill 7th Street Entry. But after playing to the smaller audience they may discover it's actually more fun to interact with an audience than to be separated from them by big barriers and lots of space.
The truth is, both of these gigs can be fun -- it's all in how you mentally approach it. If you dread it, it will be a dreadful experience. If you embrace it, it will be a pleasant experience. Maybe not the "greatest day of your life" type pleasant, but the "let's see what comes of this" curiosity.
Definition of fun
Executives define fun in the workplace as delivering on the bottom line. Salespeople think it's fun to bag a big client. IT people find fun in solving a technical glitch. Customer service people think it's fun to turn an angry client into a satisfied client. In other words, it's "fun" to be successful.
Fun in the workplace also results from taking a mental break together during the day. If your team tends to eat at your desks every day, try a pot-luck every now and then. One of my favorite workplace pot lucks is a chili cook-off in the Fall. Or what about swapping lunches? Remember when you were a kid and you had a bologna sandwich and someone else had a PB&J and you'd swap? You only swapped with friends so, as silly as this sounds, swapping lunches brings you closer together.
A low-stress workplace is also more fun. Here are a few ways to reduce stress at work:
"Laughter releases endorphins (a chemical 10 times more powerful than the pain-relieving drug morphine) into the body with the same exhilarating effect as doing strenuous exercise. Laughing increases oxygen intake, thereby replenishing and invigorating cells. It also relieves stress.
Humor also levels the playing field to create an atmosphere that encourages honest dialogue, open communication, and increased risk-taking. Creating more equality in power or control shows people respect and builds pride in their work." So says Dr. Norman Cousins.
Start a rock band.
OK, that's admittedly a shameless plug to get you to come to one of our teambuilding workshops.