I've been going through a stack of old travel magazines and cutting out the articles I want to keep. In perusing them, I ran across an October '97 article by Joe Robinson from the now defunct Escape magazine about the ability of travel to spark creativity and new ways of thinking.
I like what he had to say on the power of the perspective shift that is an inherent part of travel.
So much of what we do or don't do is contingent on the rules as we know them - what's a ridiculous or hairbrained scheme and what's not, what's possible for someone of our - fill in the blanks - age, education, social status, prior level of success to dream up and achieve, and what's not. We act or often don't act accordingly, based on the limited data we've encoutered living by the inertial laws of one small piece of the universe.
Step out of that concrete, and you find people doing things in very different ways. It changes your notion of what's possible. Move around enough, and you start believing anything is possible. And, guess what, humans achieve what they think is possible to achieve.
Even if we don't go someplace where the culture and way of thinking is exotic and new, a jump out of the rut can work wonders. Even just a weekend away from the things you think about and experience day in and day out can have a tremendous benefit.
I had one client who would plan occasional "retreat weekends" with his wife to talk about where the future was going, what was happening, etc. Getting away from their everyday routines helped set the stage for thinking beyond the blinders of their day to day world.
As you ponder your career future (or your future overall), give some thought to taking a little time away. It could be just what you need.
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