How Vacations Foster Creativity and Birth Great Ideas
Did you know 20% of startup ideas are thought up on vacation? Taking time off frees up your mind to focus on insight and creativity.
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A survey of 1,000 entrepreneurs revealed a fascinating pattern with regard to startups and the bright ideas they're built upon. It turns out an incredible 20% of said ideas were thought up while on vacation. Kevin Systrom, who founded Instagram in 2010, came up with the idea for the photo-sharing site while on a beach in Baja California (no doubt imagining what the white sands of Mexico would look like in sepia). As Hollie Slade of Forbes reports, the serenity of travel boosts mental health and promotes clearer thinking. Minds are allowed to wander in more creative directions when on vacation. Conversely, modern work culture promotes more narrow focuses of thought not conducive to new ideas.
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In the Forbes article, Slade discusses vacations and creative thought with Bryan Mattimore, author of Idea Stormers: How to Lead and Inspire Creative Breakthroughs. Mattimore states that, coupled with rest and clarity of mind, vacations offer a sense of newness that serves as excellent inspiration for new ideas. Experiencing new things breaks the monotony of life and boosts personal creativity.
If you can't afford to hop on Priceline and have William Shatner shuttle you away to Aruba, perhaps try to replicate the idea-nurturing aspects of vacationing in your everyday life. It's not flying in an airplane that fosters new ideas, it's allowing yourself the freedom to think clearly and be creative. Maybe try taking a day off work and pursue some new experiences in the place you live. Perhaps the next great startup idea will be thought up on staycation.
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- Virtual reality fills us with awe and adrenaline — and the technology is only at a crude stage, explains VR filmmaker Danfung Dennis. It's capable of inspiring something much greater in us: empathy.
- With coming technological advancements in pixel display, haptics, and sound tracking, VR users will finally be able to know what it's like to really take another person's perspective. Empathy is inherent in humans (and other animal species), but just as it can be squashed, it must be practiced in order to develop.
- "This ability to improve ourselves to become a more empathetic and compassionate society is what I hope we will use this technology for," Dennis says.
We have to practice doing nothing more often.
- Constantly being busy is neurologically taxing and emotionally draining.
- In his new book, Jon Kabat-Zinn writes that you're doing a disservice to others by always being busy.
- Busyness is often an excuse for the discomfort of being alone with your own thoughts.
That's a sharp increase from the 1960s when it took the same share of scientists an average of 35 years to drop out of academia.
- The study tracked the careers of more than 100,000 scientists over 50 years.
- The results showed career lifespans are shrinking, and fewer scientists are getting credited as the lead author on scientific papers.
- Scientists are still pursuing careers in the private sector, however there are key differences between research conducted in academia and industry.
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