Why look for ideas where you usually don’t?

If creative thinkers of the past have taught us anything, it’s that a huge part of thinking creatively is being able to connect ideas.

If you want to really think creatively, you need to have the ability to connect a lot of seemingly unrelated ideas together on a whim.

Look at some of the greatest inventions ever made ‒ from automobile to airplanes, refrigerators to the computer ‒ and you can almost always see the different ideas that the inventor worked with. Creativity is connecting things.

But what if you don’t have a wide array of ideas to contribute to your thinking?

Being able to pull ideas together from different areas of thought, from alternate sources, is powerful when it comes to creativity. Want to know the easiest way to ensure that your mind is always full of different ideas and thoughts that will blend well with others? The secret is to look for ideas where you usually don’t.

Whether you look to a newspaper, magazine, or blog that you typically never read, or whether you listen to a different genre of music or try to look at a unique type of art, looking where you usually don’t is a guaranteed way to keep your creativity at its peak.

Try this today: head over to NYtimes.com and browse to a section of the website that you would usually never go to. The New York Times website has a big selection of categories with free articles you can learn from, like science to art, poetry to economics, politics or even opinion. So you’re sure to find something interesting, yet something that you wouldn’t usually see yourself reading into.

So, visit the New York Times website today and read an article or story related to something almost completely random. You may not feel inspired immediately, but what you read is sure to be useful for thinking up new ideas in the future. Without a doubt.

If you’re looking for a little creative inspiration, try looking for ideas where you usually don’t. After‒all: creativity is combining ideas, and the best way to have a lot of ideas is to have a lot of information already in your head.

Illustration by Rosenworld.