I am an eclectic person when it comes to the things I enjoy in life. With music, I may listen to the Battlefield 1 soundtrack from the Xbox One game or the metalcore band, August Burns Red. Another day, I might listen to Benny Goodman or to the Cats Broadway. When it comes to art, I love Jackson Pollock’s work and I also enjoy Rembrandt’s work. I enjoy being outside experiences like hiking and camping, but I also enjoy experiences inside sitting next to the fireplace with a good book or going to a brewery to try a new craft beer.
I am also a creative person looking for new ideas. Whether it is a new strategy for a client’s product or a new painting that I want to start, it seems my mind is always going. I do a lot of reading from blogs, websites and social media as well as listen to podcasts. I glean from other professionals and experts for ideas, but I found my best ideas do not come from these sources.
My best and often original ideas come from life experiences. It is when I do not go looking for them that they come to me. It is when I am just enjoying life. They come unexpected whether I am watching a movie with my family, looking at Renoir at that National Gallery of Art, having a conversation with my wife about current events or standing on the Manassas Battlefield overlooking the hills and imagining soldiers preparing for battle. They don’t come to me in every experience and that is alright, but if I am looking for ideas in the life experience, then I have missed the point of just enjoying life. Ideas, when they come, are just an added bonus.
So…enjoy life this week. Try a new beer, new genre of music or a new book. Go camping or hiking. Check out a new play or try a new cultural experience. The point is, don’t go looking for the ideas and just enjoy life, but, who knows…as an added bonus, maybe your life experience will spawn a new idea.