As I write this article, I'm surrounded by plastic. On my desk alone, there's a plastic bag from Target, a plastic container of plastic wall hooks, a plastic water bottle, my plastic mouse and keyboard-the list goes on.
Some people wax rhapsodic about being "inspired" by a beautiful piece of art or a breathtaking sunset. They paint their offices blue and adorn the walls with reprints of well-known paintings. But does that sort of thing really have an impact on your creativity in business?
When you’re facing down something unexpected, you’re taken out of your everyday experience and all of the preconceived notions that go with it.
Do something new every day to capture the same openness. Take a new route home and carefully observe what’s there. Look for beauty, interesting architecture, or exceptional gardens. Remember how it feels to be truly observant and unsure of what to expect.
The gist: Creative inspiration is all around us, but we don't see it because we've been conditioned to look for it in only a few places. When you reset your expectations about creativity, you'll become more creative. I once joined a business started by some friends.