If you have ever had to fly out of Atlanta’s airport, you know it can be a very frustrating experience ranging from navigating the lines, getting to your gate, to dealing with flight delays. The frustration is compounded if you are traveling with kids.
This past weekend, we turned that frustration into fun by getting our grandson one of those new luggage scooters. Seeing him zip around the airport caused him, us, and everyone who saw him to smile. It is amazing how a simple addition of scooter parts to luggage makes it both functional and fun. Two thoughts immediately came to mind: First, “Why didn’t I think of it?” Reason being, our grandson used to jump on top on my luggage for a ride. Second, “What simple additions could be made to other things in life to turn frustration into fun?” For example, “How can we make learning more fun for both kids and adults?” A great example being how I learned more about history from watching “Hamilton” than I ever did in school. In both the luggage scooter and Hamilton case, the originators have or will make millions of dollars.
The turning frustration into a fun process consists of three steps:
Ask the question, “How can we make whatever we are doing more engaging?”
Think about things you have previously used for more than it’s intended purpose, like when our grandson would ride on top of my luggage.
Act on your idea and not listen to that negative voice in your head that prevents you from moving forward.
Needless to say, I’m now thinking about all of the simple things we did when our daughters were growing up to turn frustration into fun. I’m also thinking about the things I did to make all of the boring meetings I had to attend fun. It’s an opportunity for all leaders, especially given how hard it seems to be to get anything done and the tremendous difference engaged employees have on the success and profitability of a company.
In closing, I have changed the CEO in my title to “Chief Engagement Officer” because my company is about to get wheels added to it.