“Your Job is to collect good ideas. The more good ideas you collect, the more you can be influenced by” –Austin Kleon author of Steal Like an Artist
Another mentor of mine Jim Rohn would also say, “be a constant collector of good ideas”.
I have found that by surrounding yourself with people who are more creative you are, the process by which good ideas come to you is dramatically increased. I had the chance to experience an event at a co-working space in Grand Rapids, Michigan this past weekend where there were so many incredibly bright and talented hackers, hustlers, entrepreneurs, leaders, investors and just ambitious people that were looking to come together and leverage each persons ability to bring great ideas to the table to solve problems. We all have unique talents and experiences that through which we are able to leverage and compound on an incredible scale when put in an environment that promotes open, creative and collaborative thinking. I challenge everyone this week, to expose themselves to experiences through which they would normally not be a part of and look to leverage those opportunities for developing habits through which great ideas can form. You’ll be amazed with the process and the outcomes that accompany small changes in your surrounding environment and daily activities.