A big problem: they don't like their work. Maybe they don't have any work to do.
They don't get a sense of flow, where their skills and challenges are balanced and ever increasing.
I've always liked my work.
I'm lucky that way.
I recognize it's the luck of being born into prosperity, health, freedom, opportunity, education, love and a (usually) positive mental outlook.
Along the way some pretty mundane work has been fun:
When I was painting an endless picket fence on a farm with Don and Duncan, it was fun because we talked and talked (and painted and painted).
When I was an underage beer jockey at a beer drive-thru, it was fun because I broke all records for selling cheap Lambrusco wine. I simply leaned into car windows and asked, "You ever been to Italy? No? Well, here, for only two bucks and the effort it takes to unscrew this cap, you can be in Italy." (Moved a lot of wine. Took a lot of folks to Italy.)
When I drove a cab for Yellow Cab, it was fun. I was offered sex for payment (declined) and other lessons on life from the stream of fares in the back seat.
When I was a newspaper carrier, it was fun. I thought my job was to tell people the news, not just drop it on their doorstep. So afternoon delivery took a little longer than it should. But, in recent years, while taking our children trick-or-treating in our same neighborhood, some of the older residents recognized me and said, "You were the best paperboy we ever had." (No tips.)
And, of course, teaching — and working at Young Isaac — has been fun because of the people I get to work with. And the creative arguments we get to have.
This SpeakerSite experience is like nothing before.
I am so jazzed about helping others self-actualize. Really, people get to validate their insights and share their experiences.
Isn't that a basic human need of the highest order? Public speaking is living large.
To prove the fun I'm having, here's a video I made in about 60 seconds yesterday. It was in the joyful and creative rush of collaboration with Rob Emrich, the brainfather of SpeakerSite.
When I am really in flow, one "take" is all I need to express my joy.
If you want to see SpeakerSite, just click here on public speaking.