Champions Are Driven By Fun

One of the most closely held secrets of world-class performers is how much fun they have in what they do. Outsiders see big-time performers as super self-disciplined, self-sacrificing, success-and-achievement machines. Yet a closer look gives a more accurate portrayal of what really drives these people: fun. Champions have more fun in their work than any other group. They take whatever time is necessary to choose a career path that encompasses their natural talents, abilities, and most of all, their passions. Amateurs have a difficult time competing with pros because most amateurs hate their jobs—one of the primary reasons they’re amateurs in the first place! Professional performers are highly disciplined, of course, yet their core drive and mental fortitude seem to come from the pure fun, excitement, enjoyment, and exhilaration of their work. Average people go to work and plod through the day; champions go to work and have fun. This is one of the reasons amateurs cannot compete with pros—it’s a mismatch from the start. One is focused on surviving, while the other is just playing a game and having fun.

“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun, and when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”
—Joe Namath, Professional Football Player

Action Step for Today: How much fun are you having in your life? One a scale of 1 to 7, 7 being the most fun, give yourself a rating in each area of your life. Next, ask this critical thinking question: “Can I eliminate doing things that aren’t fun?” Really think about your answer. Life is short and unpredictable. Why do things you don’t enjoy unless it is impossible to escape them?

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Steve Siebold’s book, 77 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class: The Thought Processes, Habits and Philosophies of the Great Ones.
The Colorado Avalanche and are trademarks of the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Team, Inc. NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 2008 Colorado Avalanche and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.