A couple of weeks ago I referenced an article on the power of belonging to an open network. One of the quotes that came across my desk today (as an avid collector of good quotes, I have a database that sends me 1/30th of my quote collection every day so I can review them all every month) said this:
4. Your schedule makes you dumber.
Force yourself outside of your daily schedule. Be curious and take time to learn about worlds outside of the one you live in. Watch the news, read the paper, educate yourself. Don’t be afraid to call people you don’t know, start a conversation, and ask for things you need. At the very least, you’ll be more interesting. At the most, you’ll take your business in new and bigger directions.
That’s one of the six lessons Ari Emanuel wrote about back in October 2012. It’s still good advice, and very pertinent in light of the recent open network research.