Gregor Mendel's work in cross-pollination was groundbreaking for the scientific community -- botany has never been the same. Applied as an interchange of knowledge, the principle has also done wonders for the business community and can be a key to your success.

Whether you're solving a problem, conceiving a new business or just trying to get some operational tips, studying outside of your industry (and even outside of the business world) can help you unlock creative ideas. So how do you get this cross-pollination started? I've found that everyday life is full of ideas that we can use to solve business problems if we just pay attention. Here's a personal example.