Goofing off for Success

goofy roosterUnless you take time to goof off you may never maximize your opportunities.

Focusing on your goals is the right approach but in doing so, you may never allow yourself some ‘what if time.’

How many times have you taken a break only to spot an easier path to your solution upon your return.

Perhaps you have asked a friend to take a look at your sticking point and they were able to point out the blindingly obvious solution you had overlooked.

Well these are all great reasons to ensure you goof off from time to time

Now the cello is hardly an instrument I have thought about very often however that all changed when David cauldill sent me the video below on Facebook.

I had been feeling rather inspired, focussed and productive before David sent me this video and Ok I will admit it focussed and productive are not normally terms you associate with Facebook. But I seem to remember I did start with a good reason for logging on but as you know that all to soon falls by the wayside once you enter the world of Facebook.

If you have not seen these guys in action, trust me the video really picks up after the first 90 seconds.



Now I loved this video, it helps that its based upon one of my favorite songs, also as I enjoy editing videos this was the spur for me to start goofing off and explore the features YouTube has to offer, I actually wanted to create a video that linked to this content.

One of the possible ways to do this was via the YouTube video editor which allows you to mix and match your own videos with those from their library of creative commons videos, videos that others have given permission to be used in this way.

The trick to making this work is using videos that are related to a single topic and then blended together using transitions.

You can see a short video that I knocked up very quickly that illustrates this, I did want to transition this video to one of the 2Cello’s videos but that is not allowed as they do not feature in the library of videos.


Now of course this video is not very good but that is not the point.

The real power of taking the time to goof off like this is that you can become more aware of the possibilities you have overlooked in a service such as YouTube.

As I said I could not transition to one of the 2Cello’s videos which highlights an important point.

Other people maybe inspired or just love the videos you create such that they want to link to them in a creative way like I wanted to do with 2Cellos.

To allow this to happen is quite simple, you could even outsource the video creation if this is not your strong point.

By creating a couple of great content videos which contain your subtle branding and allowing them to be reused by others via the video editor, you can have others spread your branding and message far and wide without any on going effort from you.

Which leads me to one final thought, what has been your best goofing off discovery?


  1. Hi Igor,

    I love the concept behind taking time out from your daily grind to discover something amazing and inspirational.

    Many years ago I worked as a Change Manager for a large airline, a role that saw my stress levels rise and my free-time fall.

    In the midst of it all, I took some time out from the daily grind and “goofed off” (as you would say) completely leaving my work-stuff behind to spend my limited free time taking voice-acting lessons at NIDA (Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art) and learning what it meant to be a voice over artist….something that was so completely unrelated to my everyday life that it initially felt like an indulgence….

    Well, fast forward a few years and it turns out I enjoyed what I learnt whilst goofing off so much that it became my new passion and profession. Today I’m a voice over artist who’s voice has been used by companies across the globe, both big and small, and who’s passion has been extended to helping teach others how to do the same thing.

    What started out as time out (goofing off), has led to a discovery about my passions that I may never have discovered otherwise.

    You said “The real power of taking the time to goof off like this is that you can become more aware of the possibilities you have overlooked”….I agree with you 100%, and feel I am living proof that you’re on the mark here!

    Thanks for the post!


    1. Well hello Con, thanks for sharing your great story, often we under estimate just how powerful keeping an open mind to opportunities can be. You of course had the choice to stick to your day job whilst keeping the voice work as your hobby but you kept an open mind and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Glad it worked out so well for you.

  2. Igor,
    Interesting view, I for one spend way too much time goofing off, so I have to keep my nose to the grind stone or I would never get anything done. To each his own.

    1. Well hello Ron, I know what you mean. I am experimenting with time blocking where I can do set tasks and then once the days blocks are done I can have a little fun by taking a closer look at what I found during my blocks

  3. Hey Igor,

    I had to laugh at the end of the first video when everyone just sat there in complete horror. That made me laugh…

    I see your point entirely and have never even looked into this. Now I take numerous breaks throughout the day mainly because I have a dog and she needs to go outside. That gives me plenty of time to get away from what I’m doing and take a little break. I don’t really goof off because I have so much to do.

    I will find myself doing this though more on the weekends. I wouldn’t say it’s doing something enjoyable like what you just shared but mostly finding one thing and that leading into another and another and before you know it I haven’t accomplished what I wanted but found some really cool things during my day.

    I hope you’re happy now, I’m going to be thinking about this now throughout my day. LOL!!!

    Enjoy your week Igor.


    1. Well hello Adrienne, glad you liked and its great to hear you have found a routine that allows your mind some breathing space to explore possible alternatives and take you to your destination in a cool way.

  4. Hi Igor,

    first of all great post. We all should give more time to ourselves in general in today’s fast-paced lifestyle and one of the simplest thing that we underestimated in life is just to laugh. I know it is not by definition “goofing off” but it feel good.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Well hello Miso, I totally agree with you on our need to slow down and stop focussing on what we are going to do next. Laughter is a great way to reset the clock and approach whatever you were doing from a new viewpoint so whilst it may not be goofing off like I illustrated it works just fine.

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