How Flying is Conducive to Creativity
May 4, 2011 1 Comment
When I first graduated college, I set a goal of talking to one new person a day. This goal helped me meet many interesting people and even helped me land my first job in the field of marketing. However, as time went on, I soon fell into chatting and socializing with my familiar set of friends.
Once I started traveling for work, this all changed. A number of years ago, I was one of the top travelers in my company. In my travels I met many people. What I found interesting was of all the conversations, the most authentic and most heartfelt were the ones with seatmates on my flights. I once met a brain surgeon who was burned out and didn’t want to be a brain surgeon anymore. This surgeon shared his concern about what lifestyle changes in switching careers might mean to his family.
I started thinking about how much people shared while in flight and why it might be easier to get to the essence of who a person is while they’re on an airplane. A few thoughts came to mind:
- There’s a degree of anonymity in speaking with a person sitting next to you on flight that is comfortable
- The proximity of the seats may build trust among seatmates
- People like to talk…and talk about themselves
- Talking is entertaining and fills it the time
What are the connections to creativity? If you have a question on your mind or a situation you need help with, you may want to turn to your seatmate. Many times chatting with someone can bring clarity to a situation and unlock creative energies.