09/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Work Like Your Dog To Have Fun At Work

How many times have you heard someone say, "I've been working like a dog!" or "My boss is working me like a dog!" The idea is that if you want to be successful then you will be forced to work long hours doing something you don't like to do. Working like a dog sounds like a tiresome, serious, and joyless affair, without a hint of laughter, fun, or play.

However, before you ever use the phrase "work like a dog" again, take a moment to think about how your own dog actually spends his days. In actuality, your dog has a pretty good life, and it would be your lucky day if you could work like your dog! Everything is new, everything is exciting, everything is fun to your dog. Dogs are great role models for us to emulate on the job. They approach their lives not only with dedication, loyalty, discipline, sensitivity, and love, but also with joy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to see their work as play.

You can see how to have more fun at work on Matt's video Work Like Your Dog here: I would highly recommend that you spend a few hours this week in the company of a dog, The first thing you will notice that the dog is constantly living in the present moment. Everything is of interest to her: the sights, the smells, the slightest movement in the world around her. Nothing seems boring, and every interaction with another being brings its own excitement. Anything that can bring her pleasure will bring her pleasure, including the pleasure of your company. Notice how good you feel around her--- how you are immediately filled with joy, tenderness, concentrated focus, laughter and excitement. Notice how she makes you smile, over and over again. That is exactly how other people can feel in your presence, as well, once you learn to go out there and work like your dog!

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