I was excited to get my Amazon box this week with fresh books to read!!! First up is Social Networking for Business by Rawn Shah who happens to blog here at My developerWorks. I've been looking forward to checking this book out and picking up useful ideas. And then I've got Crochet Adorned by Linda Permann, an indulgence in a newly acquired hobby of mine.These will keep me busy for awhile... I like to mix a little business with pleasure. Not that business isn't often a pleasure too.Why tell you about my crochet book? Not because I expect many of the geeks here in My developerWorks to be into crochet. Although, who knows, maybe some of you are crocheting up the entire cast of Star Wars in your free time:
The reason I share this is because I find these little things I enjoy that are not directly work-related help energize my creativity, giving me fresh perspective when I return to work the next day. I was motivated to share this by a post by Behind the Pixels on My developerWorks. I think brain power and creativity grows with stimulation from many different places.
This is why I ask the people I interview on my blog about their passions outside of work. I like discovering interesting things about people that I never would've guessed. I've gotten to meet people like Andrew Larmour, who wants to build his own car; Rawn Shah, who teaches Japanese swordfighting; Jakub Gaj who loves surfing and capoeira; Alan Harris whose interests range from Krav Maga to bowling; and Chris Walden who channels his open source passion into volunteer work.
All of these people are passionate about technology, but they have whole other sides of their lives too - and it all works together. It's inspiring to me!