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June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06

Are You Adventurous?

By Perry Isenberg

One of the biggest problems we all face is the uninspired routine. We are always short on time, and we work diligently to meet the challenges of our responsibilities. With all of the stress, we find it difficult to accomplish many things at one time.

I enjoy the road less traveled and have found a way to incorporate one of my pleasures - keeping up with current events and trends - into my job.

My desire is to be well-rounded, and I fear becoming a "stick in the mud." One of the ways to meet this need is to read magazines outside of my immediate "world." For example, when I go on a "sit on a beach vacation," I read nearly 30 magazines unrelated to my profession, including fashion, sports, and local interest magazines. I am inspired by reading material not related to my job because it breaks up the thought process, and allows me to see things differently and gain a fresh perspective. It takes my mind off the job and helps my creativity; I see new things and come up with new ideas.

A fresh perspective is what you need to stay creative, inspired and motivated. Stagnation never helps a career! Reading material not related to your field may give you some ideas to enhance your life and career. Developing fresh business ideas sounds easier than it is, however.

Take my situation, for instance: I constantly have to develop new ideas for my business; this can be challenging when you have one product. I turn to ideas I may have previously written down. It makes sense to have a file with ideas, ads and articles.) Writing down ideas that come to you in the spur of the moment helps with the creative process. You would be surprised at what you can come up with: a present for Mom; a new ad campaign; a solution to a problem. Yes, even problem-solving can be creative! Some folks act on their ideas; others, sadly enough, simply ignore them. When was the last time you looked at information outside your industry? Try thinking in the "gray" area once in awhile, as opposed to thinking in black and white.

The gray, breakthrough, creative thinker thrives in situations of unpredictable change. Creative thinking is not restricted to a few gifted individuals, and it does not mean one person is more intelligent than another. It just means one is more open. Creativity can be practiced and acquired. We are all creative to some degree, especially when we are children, but our creativity diminishes as we become programmed and stuck in the "know more about less and less."

Your goal should be to practice acquiring that continual flow of ideas and inspiration. You can do this by exploring new subjects; categories of magazines and books not related to your job; and problem-solving games. Socialize outside of your normal sphere of friends and colleagues; window-shop in variety stores; eat in different restaurants; and vacation to places you thought would not appeal to you. Be curious and daydream. Build on and be open to others' ideas. Be willing to take risks and follow your intuitive hunches. Be more spontaneous and less concerned. You won't be able to help being more creative, inspired and well-rounded by being open to new ideas and people, and you'll be more valuable to yourself, your business and to others.

I'm interested in hearing how you stay creative and inspired. Please e-mail me with your questions and comments.

Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay motivated and focused.


Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.

 

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