If you love your job, start doing it like a child. That’s not to say you need to start throwing tantrums, eating candy every day and being ignorant of business practices. Instead, looking at work like a child could help give your contracting business a fresh outlook.

Carol Fey wrote on Contractor Magazine’s website that instead of being serious all the time and “staring at Power Point presentations and Excel spreadsheets,” contractors should learn by playing with their tools.

Hands-on: To learn about a thing, we need to touch it and manipulate it. It’s not just nice, but necessary, for us to tear things apart and put them back together again. Don’t worry, we will get it back together again. After all, that’s what we do for a living.

Provide manipulatives: That’s a big word for simple and fun stuff. It means things like Tinker Toys. Keep the hands busy and the mind will follow. Manipulate means to move with the hands. In this biz, and I suspect in the general population, we love to mess with things. Stretch the rubber band until it breaks. Then we know more about rubber bands — and about pain. You can’t learn that from a book or U-Tube.

Read more from Carol Fey on Contractor’s website and reach out to us here at ContractingBusiness.com with stories of how you’ve made contracting work more fun.