All Work and No Play

All Work and No Play

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull – you must be familiar with this proverb but do you follow it through in your life? The importance of a balanced life cannot be stressed enough. Working all the time without giving yourself a chance to relax every once in a while can make your life dull and boring. Moreover, consistent stress is also harmful to the body and brings about a number of physical and mental health issues.

Read the story of a college boy to see why it is important to pamper yourself and make time for fun and entertaining activities in your life.

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Tim.

Throughout school, he proved himself to be an exceptionally good student. After graduating school with good grades, he took admission in a college. He always stood first in class and topped in the academic quizzes. The only lacking in Tim’s life was that he never had time for anything but study.

He loved traveling but never got around to actually doing it because he was always preparing for one test or another. He would never hang out with his fellows and abstained from participating in extracurricular activities like games and dramatic. He gave up everything and spent all his time studying only.

At the end of the college term, a job fair was organized. Multinational companies visited the college to recruit the best students. The entire college expected Tim to bag the best job but to everyone’s surprise, that did not happen!

Tim was astounded and asked for an explanation.

The person conducting the interviews explained that Tim has successfully passed all the academic screening tests but he did poorly in the interviews. He said, “It is correct that you have commendable scores and a very good academic record but bookish knowledge alone is not enough to strive in the industry. You have failed to reflect any leadership qualities. Furthermore, you are clearly not a team player. Boy, you are very smart but if you wish to have a successful career, you must be adaptable and flexible.”

Tim realized his flaws.

Despite his excellent academic record, he was not an all-rounder. He decided to work hard on his flaws and make more time for himself. He started living a balanced life. He went on a trip and also started to hang out with his fellows. Eventually, he began to enjoy his life and was much more satisfied.

By the end of the next semester, Tim was a changed man. His grades were still good and he had a pleasant personality. He ended up getting multiple offers from multinational companies and his dream of having a successful career was fulfilled.

Moral: Follow your dreams with all your heart but don’t be too hard on yourself. Always make time for yourself and don’t forget to indulge in fun activities every once in a while.


A Selection of All Work and No Play Quotes

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy – and Jill a wealthy widow.” ~ Evan Esar

“As if a man’s soul were not too small to begin with, they have dwarfed an narrowed theirs by a life of all work and no play; until here they are at forty, with a listless attention, a mind vacant of all material of amusement, and not one thought to rub against another, while they wait for the train.” ~ 

“All work and no play doesn’t just make Jill and Jack dull, it kills the potential of discovery, mastery, and openness to and flexibility and it hinders innovation and invention.” ~ 

“You may try your experiment for a week and see how you like it. I think by Saturday night you will find that all play and no work is as bad as all work and no play.” ~ Louisa May Alcott

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