Grab opportunities to learn new things

once a week, go someplace in your town that you've never been. Go to a church or synagogue that you don't belong to, in a religion other than yours. stop by that little one-man museum curated by the old guy at the end of the street. Pick up a book on growing roses just because you've always thought it would be cool to try, and learn all about organic fertilizers and the uses of ladybugs and praying mantises. Take a class in stained glass work or CPR or bookkeeping. Learn to ice skate or tango. Ask the beautician and your accountant and the old woman sitting next to you at the bus stop to tell you about their work.

sooner or later, these excursions will work their way into your subconscious, and from there begin to filter into your work.

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