I intentionally pursue the Medici Effect, or the major leaps of creativity that come from the intersection of disparate fields, ideas, and concepts. These leaps come from listening to podcasts and reading books by people who are passionate about things I’ve never considered before.
While walking into a bookstore and grabbing random books off the shelf might be fun, it can also get expensive. Not to mention, not all books are created equal and I have way too much to do to waste my time on poorly written books or undeveloped concepts.
I use two podcasts to expose myself to interesting concepts and people: The Art of Manliness and The Art of Charm. The interviews are great and the guests are incredibly interesting. I listen to them while I train for GORUCK events – Brett McKay and Jordan Harbinger make that 5am, 5 mile ruck, strengthen my mind as well as my body.
If a particular guest grabs my attention, I usually search for resources online or for their books on Amazon.com or Audible.com. I’m a huge fan of Audible (I have a decent commute.) so I usually start there.
I cannot recommend these podcasts enough. Topics covered in these podcast have sparked ideas that influenced several of my projects – The 90 Day Disciple Making Challenge and Urban Disciple Making Teams to name a couple. If you want to pursue the Medici Effect and make significant leaps of creativity in your own life, I recommend you start with these.
Images by Art of Manliness and Art of Charm.
Photo of Brett and Kate McKay from Art of Manliness.