Here at ICMC there is a book (a very small book) that seems to be on or nearby almost every desk and in every office. The book is Kevin Carroll’s Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, and it’s small enough to fit in your back pocket and is just under 100 pages – many of which are more visual than text. While the book is small, the message is not. It’s all about finding your life’s passion and following that into your work, blurring the line between work and play.
Carroll was an athlete when he was younger and managed to follow his passion for athletics into a position as head athletic trainer for the Philadelphia 76’ers and a leadership position at Nike. The red rubber ball refers to the ball that represented his passion for sports and was always present when he was at his happiest growing up.
Some of the principles that many of us here at ICMC resonate with are:
Commit – Follow your red rubber ball (your passion) and commit to achieving your work goal of being passionate about your job and having a real interest in what you do.
Be Creative – In and out of the office, be creative! Many great ideas come when you’re doing something entirely unrelated to your job, but still using the creative part of your brain and having fun.
Do the Lonely Work – To achieve your goals, sometimes the less than glamorous tasks must be completed in the interest of preparation. The lonely work is your practice.
Finding your red rubber ball is about finding your passion – it’s about finding a job or an element to your job that allows you to be at your most creative and at your very best. Are you passionate about your job? What would you identify as your red rubber ball?