We tend to only learn about the things that we like or that we work on, we usually engage in activities in our spare time that we already know will amuse us and we hardly ever surround ourselves with people from other industries that we don’t care for or that we just don’t understand. We have limited our lives and jobs to what our work involves because, to be honest, it consumes the majority of our time. But as creatives, aren’t we putting boundaries to our vision by just allowing ourselves to experience what is related to our craft?
I am guilty as charged. More often than not, I find myself reading about photography, following fashion publications or attending industry events. And that is all good as it helps me grow as a professional, but I also want to grow as a person and as a creative. I should read about other industries and see how they do business and apply their best practices to my own. I should learn something that doesn’t involve photography nor fashion so that I can acquire a different skill. And I definitely should get out of my comfort zone and go out and do activities that have nothing to do with what I do even if it’s just for fun.
I should and I will, because every new experience is a learning opportunity and one never knows when the answer to any of our struggles lies outside of our current scope.
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