How Flying is Conducive to Creativity

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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:

  1. There’s a degree of anonymity in speaking with a person sitting next to you on flight that is comfortable
  2. The proximity of the seats may build trust among seatmates
  3. People like to talk…and talk about themselves
  4.  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.

One Response to How Flying is Conducive to Creativity

  1. stars says:

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