26. June 2016 Sam Ryter

Play – the essence of excellence (6min read)

I got these quotes from ‘Play it away’ by Charlie Hoehn. What an inspiring book about dropping the seriousity and enjoying! I’m coming up with these article because it’s such a great reminder to enjoy the life we’re living.

We constantly living in a prison of mind. In a world of fear, a world of work, a world of restrictions. Such an amazing thing that being ‘adult’ is accepted as a very high form maturity. And at the same time, being ‘adult’ is boring. Being adult is an avoidance of life.

Being adult means fitting into a picture. Fitting into a society, where everyone is the same. Our true human nature gets forgotten. We lose ourselves. We disconnect and live in fear of ‘not fitting into the picture one day’. The focus switches from winning to losing as soon as we consider ourselves as ‘adults’.

A fear of losing status, a fear of having not enough, of being not enough, of not being loved, of being judged, of being not accepted… Life becomes a fight. A battle.

I love to zoom out. And I love to challenge. That’s why I’m writting these words. You can take them personally, or you can read them with a smile on your face. It’s your choice and it’s just amazing to see where we going without being aware of it. At the same time it’s beautiful, it’s human and it shows that still, everyone just wants to be happy.

Being adult means fear of losing. By holding on to these fears we lose the most essential. Our biggest gift. Our greatest potential. We lose ourselves.

Observe the kids. How they see opportunities instead of threats everywhere. How we percieve the world is our choice. Always.

Remember, when you were there. Before you’ve been conditioned to be ‘adult’. To fit in.

Kids are free. Kids play. They don’t ‘work’.


Where has the fun gone?

It’s still within us. But we live in a world where we design a life around fear instead of opportunities and beauty. It’s such an essential part of my work, because I know how people crack out, when the act of play lights a fire in their hearts.

Then I can work. Because then I meet the real human being. Behind the mask.

Playing is ‘childish’. Is that true?

I don’t believe so. And I chose to allow myself to play. I chose to allow myself to have fun. To be silly. To enjoy life.

This is what makes me happy. This is what gives me energy. This is where I experience life.

Charlie Hoehn the author of the book ‘Play it away’ collected these amazing quotes. From some of the most inspiring and greatest people on earth.

I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.
– Thomas Edison

Play is the highest form of research.
– Albert Einstein

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
– Steve Jobs

The work that is really a man’s own work is play and not work at all… When we talk about the great workers of the world, we really mean the great players of the world.
– Mark Twain

I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself.
– J.K. Rowling

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

I found child’s play — stuff that was not considered serious, but goofy — was the stuff I liked to do, so I still do it as an adult.
– Matt Groening

I always try to create new experiences that are fun to play.
– Shigeru Miyamoto

Take the job you would take if you were independently wealthy. You’re going to do well at it
– Warren Buffett

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
– Bob Dylan

My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.’
– Richard Branson

My motto is: more good times.
– Jack Nicholson

Life well spent is long.
– Leonardo da Vinci

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
– Michael Jordan

Man is God’s plaything, and that is the best part of him. Therefore every man and woman should live life accordingly, and play the noblest games…What, then, is the right way of living? Life must be lived as play.
– Plato

It’s no coincidence that the most successful and most inspiring people were focussing on joy. There’s a whole bunch of research that shows what happens with our brains, posture, and bodies in general when we play.

By playing, we drop into the present moment. That’s where life is happening. That’s where nothing else matters. That’s what we were all searching for. It’s right here.

It’s fascinating that, what we consider as ‘childish’, is actually the essence of exellence. It’s where people live. It’s where we get into flow. It’s where we can be ourselves. Where we don’t have to be ‘adult’ for a moment. Where we can reconnect to our true nature.

I invite you to play.


I invite you to have more fun. Because this is what is supressed for so long.

But it’s a part of you.

How about designing a life around playing? How about stepping into your power?

How about dropping the idea of ‘needing to be adult’. As long as being ‘adult’ means being boring. Being standartised, being robotic, I personally not chosing to identify myself with it.

It’s our life and it’s our choice on what we see. Opportunities, fun, beauty. Or threats, danger and judgement.

Freedom is the goal behind the goal. I invite you to allow yourself to be free.

Like a kid. It doesn’t mean we have to be childish, but to me, playing, being free and sharing my love is life.

For those who are interested: I highly recommend the book of Charlie Hoehn ‘Play it away’. It shows so beautiful how a ‘super-succesful’ workaholic found his way back to life. From panic attacks to freedom, basically. ;)

Allow yourself to play

What’s your favourite game and which games would you love to play again – but you didn’t for so many years (probably because “adults don’t do this”…)?

Let me know in the comments.

You know what, I like to challenge you. Schedule some time. Text your friends: “Let’s do something fun”. And go out and play.

Allow yourself to play. Allow yourself to shine through that. You deserve it.

Thank you for reading. And thanks for visiting my site. I appreciate every comment and every share as long as you think it can help other people too.


Photos by: Luke Porter, Abigail Keenan and Scott Webb

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Sam Ryter is an author and professional coach. He helps people to create deeper and more fulfilling relationships with others, the world and themselves.

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