Andrew D Welch

Thanks, Bill, for posting and getting us all thinking. I responded more fully in a blog post just now where I referenced your post and hope others will check it out. My thoughts are at http://www.andrewdwelch.com/2010/03/how-do-you-balance-work-and-pleasure.html, but the long and the short is below…

As I debated this issue, I realized how freely I use the word “work,” really to mean any activity with a clear and productive end in mind. I make little distinction between sitting at my desk at the office and, say, writing for pleasure because I don’t take a negative view of work. “Work” is simply an activity characterized by the presence of effort in order to achieve something. Any activity no so characterized would, I suppose, be considered “not work.” There is no value judgement here, and simply, I would say “if you love what you’re doing, and willingly do it for pleasure, you’re not a workaholic.”