Sometimes the best ideas don’t come from within one’s own industry, but from outside of it. Some of the grandest human ideas have been expressed in art, architecture and music—and these still serve as sources of inspiration for us even centuries after their creation.
Giving oneself the time to take in life outside of our limited vantage point may lead us down more creative paths. Steve Jobs knew this, and summed it up well:
"Ultimately creativity comes down to … trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then trying to bring those things in to what you're doing.... I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.”
Why not take a moment today to expose yourself to ideas outside of your industry, and see what happens?