Everyone has heard the saying, work hard play hard, or work now play later. If you aren’t incorporating play into your life and only thinking about work then this article is for you. We hope it helps you create more of a balance in your life and helps your business thrive!
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Startup founders are chronically “just too busy” for exercise, friends, family and certainly hobbies. A single-minded focus naturally seems sensible but, counterintuitive though it may be, extracurricular activities have important indirect benefits for building a business.
A study released last year found that STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — graduates who had a creative outlet growing up, such as music, woodworking, painting, or even magic, earned more patents and started more businesses. Business owners self-reported they considered their hobbies “often important” in problem solving, while 58 percent said a creative outlet “definitely mattered” in their careers.
People increasingly realize creative pursuits improve brain function. Still, as a society, we overestimate the benefits of working overtime at the expense of creative expression and leisure.
The “keeping our nose to the grindstone” attitude stems from the antiquated idea our brain has two sides, one for analyzing and the other for innovation. Now we know that although our brain is physically separated, the two sides interact constantly. Children classified as “gifted” mathematicians have brains with opposing sides interacting stronger than other students.
The aforementioned STEM study showed this is true in the classroom and the real world. STEM graduates with a strong analytical brain develop their creative brain in tandem.
Many famously successful people have broad interests. Bill Gates’ many interests range from virology, oceanography to fertiliser. Einstein played the violin. Gauguin, the revolutionary French painter, started his own political magazine while living in Tahiti. Before starting Apple, Steve Jobs educated himself on type fonts after deciding to take calligraphy lessons.
Whether you consider these successful people “eccentric” or “Renaissance men,” they were exploring interests outside their key discipline while succeeding within it.
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