The source of many of the ideas in this article are from Kevin and Jackie Freiberg’s excellent book Boom!: 7 Choices for Blowing the Doors Off Business-As-Usual.
“How hard are you willing to play? Your future – the quality of your life at work, your reputation, and the significance you glean from making a difference – depends on your answer.” — Kevin and Jackie Freiberg
Players bring joy, energy, and passion to the game of life. Players derive meaning and joy from their contributions. Players have a voice. They speak up and influence the cultures in which they live and work. Players take a stand, join the dialogue, and shape the debate.
You can choose to be a player in the game of life. A player takes life by the horns and makes things happen. A player is proactive rather than reactive. Or you can choose to be a spectator and let life just happen to you. I choose to be a player.
What a Player Does
- Brings the right attitude regardless of the circumstance they face.
- Creates a pocket of success within their area of influence.
- Assumes responsibility for their own development.
- Learns daily.
- Seeks out and volunteers to help with entrepreneurial projects.
- Takes the lead.
- Chooses to think and act like owners of problems.
- Changes from the inside out.
- Does not gossip.
- Goes for it.
- Presses for solutions in the face of complaints.
- Supports their ideas with well-thought-out cases.
- Does not play small.
- Admits mistakes and apologizes.
- Seeks out challenges.
- Mediates conflict.
- Speaks positively of others.
- Seeks forgiveness rather than permission.
- Does not let others determine how they feel and act.
- Has a sense of optimism for being able to make a difference.
- Seeks rewards based upon their ability to get results.
- Focuses on things they can control.
- Plays to win and leans toward risk.
- What they do matters.
- Confronts constructively.
- Loves what they do.
- Is generally grateful for many things.
- Remains true to their values and themselves.
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