Entrepreneurs can find inspiration in everything from leisure pursuits to business failure. In fact, great new business ideas often spring to mind during such non-business activities like hiking because they are exactly that: activities free from business and the pressure-filled anxiety that comes with it.
Research has shown that creativity is stimulated by an attitude that blends "attention and relaxation," explains Joshua Coleman, a clinical psychologist in San Francisco in "Cleaning Up" on page 35 of the October 2003 issue of Inc. When your free from business performance anxiety, your mind is free to think creatively, making it no small wonder that many entrepreneurs have conjured their best ideas outside the office.
Inc.com has compiled a collection of its best articles on finding inspiration. Here, we share stories and practices from some of the best innovative minds and from everyday entrepreneurs, which illustrate that most moments of inspiration are often born of something entirely unrelated to business.
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