“There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.” - Michaelangelo
This week, try to fill as many time slots as possible. Schedule out everything from sleep 💤, to meals 🍝, to time for yourself. By doing so, you create a visual representation of where your time 🕜 is going, allowing you to assess your productivity and truly be present during each moment. 😊
If you want to innovate on the same level as Elon Musk, Thomas Edison, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, or IDEO CEO Tim Brown, pursue many varying interests at the same time.
Pursuing a number of diverse interests is an effective way to gain insights, stumble on atypical solutions to problems, and stay creative.
Elon Musk is a prime modern-day example of this point. Musk works not only in the realm of digital money exchange (he co-founded PayPal), he’s also heavily involved in rocket science and space travel (SpaceX), electric motors and energy storage (Tesla), and the future of high-speed travel (Hyperloop).
If you look at the histories of the greatest innovators, a similar pattern makes itself clear. Leonardo da Vinci, for example, didn’t just paint the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, he also built conceptual machines for flight and war, worked with solar energy, and conceptualized a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics.
Having diverse pursuits helps propel innovation in three primary ways: it promotes proactive procrastination, encourages cross-pollination of specialties, and keeps a “beginner’s mind.”
Don’t spend your energy trying to control the perceptions, habits, or beliefs of others. We are all different, whether it fits into our standard or not. Let it be. Free yourself. Judge less & carry on.