Living a Truly Rich Life Means Taking Time For Fun

by Dennis Perry on September 18, 2011

 I have been working quite hard over the past couple of weeks on the beginning of a 2 to 3 month project to really get my teaching/speaking/mentoring/education business up and running online.  Coming in, I made a commitment to this program to do what it takes to stay on track and put everything else on hold until the mission was accomplished.  I am also working quite hard on developing a new product to support this same business.

On Saturday, my wife and I were given the opportunity to join with a group of friends to watch my University play a football game with their biggest rivals; the team we just love to hate! 

So, off we went to party, hang out with some really great people, eat fun stuff, and take in a football game.  There was much cheering and celebration going on.  We played a few games, had a few cold brews, got outside on a very beautiful day, cheered loudly for our team, and really enjoyed the experience.

What is the point of this article?  It is this; to create a truly rich life, a world class life, requires taking some time to enjoy yourself; to re-create.  Yes, I had a lot of work to do to stay on track, and, yes, I am now off track and behind but I also have some new memories, some new photos, and probably a few more pounds and inches around the middle.  Was it worth it?  At the risk of using potentially offensive language…HELL YES! (Or as we University of Louisville fans say, L Yes!)  I have a few less dollars in my pocket to be sure but I am very much richer from the experience.

I got to enjoy the company of friends and family.  I got to eat some pretty basic food (hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs, and jalapeno poppers) which always tastes better somehow when cooked on a grill and washed down with a splash of cold beer (or beverage of choice).  And it certainly didn’t hurt that my team won the game.

I come back today refreshed and energized and ready to get back to work.

The moral of this story is to make sure that in our very busy lives we don’t forget to schedule a bit of time for ourselves and our families.  Take some time today to enjoy yourself.  Take a walk, watch a movie, read a good book, or enjoy whatever will help you recharge your batteries.  Then, come back, roll up your sleeves, and get back to work and make something great happen in your life.

Make your life rich in every way!




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Dating Expert Southern California September 20, 2011 at 1:51 am

Hi Wealth Doctor Dennis,

I think I read in Joe Vitale’s bio of Barnum something about how people will spend their last dollar on entertainment. As humans we certainly need and crave humor! Fun is essential to living. Like oxygen.

Happy Dating and Relationships,

April Braswell
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Michael D Walker September 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Good point about needing to take time to enjoy and re-charge our batteries.
After all, what’s the point of doing all the work and making all the money if you can’t
spend time doing what you enjoy with friends or loved ones?

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John Moulder September 19, 2011 at 6:58 am

Balance , certainly has to be there . Lots of laughter helps as well . Nice story with very pertinent remarks .

Phil September 19, 2011 at 12:35 am

Powerful and timely…welcome back to blogging, Dennis! Your wisdom has been missed! I love the reminder to LIVE while I’m sweating away, trying to make a living. Thank you!

Michael Paulse September 19, 2011 at 12:23 am

I insist that I take one of the weekend days off. It refreshes me for a faster start on Monday. Ironically, just was not possible this week.

Cherie Miranda September 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I’m really enjoying your posts. I’m glad you took the day off. I agree that it was well worth it. Your idea of a rich life closely matches mine, and I’m very excited about reading more from you!

Cherie Miranda

Holistic Health Expert

Jennifer Battaglino September 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Your post reminds me of a repeating theme in many of my clients’ therapy…”balance”. Finding the balance between working and rewarding yourself is key so that you can lived a fulfilling life.

Jennifer Battaglino
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Neil Dhawan September 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Great article! Sometimes, even in the midst of a whirlwind storm, to take a break can help one to come back and be even more productive. After all, all stress and no play can make Johnny … well, dead!

Stay Extraordinary and Keep Doing Great Things, Neil

Annie September 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Lol! – let me think, am I feeling just a little bit jealous…
then I remember…
a word from my father…
Live as long as you can and die when you can’t help it!
Enjoy the journey which you choose! 🙂
Awesome – You did!

Kevin Hogan September 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Aaagh! Must… Resist… Urge… To… Do… Other… Stuff… (Parents “Work before Fun” speech)

Dennis- These stories are always interesting to read, and they always send a good point across as well. I think TKS above me definitely gives another good point.

Always interested on reading more

~Mark Hogan

Clare Delaney September 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Great advice, we do need to chill sometimes, and it’s awfully easy to get caught up in all things we need to do, and forget to relax a little.

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Andrew Miner September 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Great advice! I make it a point to try to walk the kids on the beach every day. It helps to breath some fresh air and just relax and thank God for allowing us the ability to work and the ability to relax from it…

Andrew Miner

Dennis Perry September 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Gratitude for what you have now is one of the hallmarks of a Rich Life. Good job!

Kevin Bettencourt September 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Eva Palmer September 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Hi Dennis!
Thank you for the reminding! I get sometimes so focused on work, health and trying to solve some problems that I forget to enjoy life!
And when you remind yourself how important it is to just enjoy being with friends, meeting new people, being around with family! You just feel much better and get on the rigth track!

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Sonya Lenzo September 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

And it gave you something to blog about!
It IS good to recharge sometimes. A friend and I took my cat to the vet yesterday and then stopped in a coffee shop .We just got silly laughing…we were both tired…but that laughing and talking was a good “recharge” before hitting the computer again last night.

Sonya Lenzo

The Knowledge Stylist September 18, 2011 at 8:54 am

More people should heed your advice. What’s that line about people never saying “I wish I had spent more time at work.”


Rob Malone September 18, 2011 at 5:54 am

That is always a fine line – when do I take a break and enjoy life and when do I keep pushing forward despite this internal desire to go have fun.

One of the things I question the most is, am I spending enough time with my family. I find work enjoyable so it is easy for me to work insane hours and spend little time with my family. I generally make it a rule not to work weekends and spend time with the family but just recently I have taken on some projects that are huge time consumers and I have been working the past few weekends.

I am really looking forward to more information on balance and achieving a rich life.

Rob N September 18, 2011 at 5:16 am

Unless we are able to enjoy ourselves with some special events, what is the point of it all? Hope your team beat the evil-doers!

Relationships with other people, memories of events, and accumulated knowledge are the only things we are able to bring along to the next phase of exixtence beyond this life (if there is such an existence).


Dennis Perry September 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm

They did and it was great!

Learn nonverbal communication September 18, 2011 at 4:10 am

Great to see your blog up and running.
Scott Sylvan Bell
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