And Now for Something Completely Different: Why Doing Things That Have Nothing To Do With Your Career Will Make You More Successful

17 July 2017
By Pernilla Peterson

Americans are nothing if not driven and very much into their careers. There seems to be an unspoken rule that being a career-driven creative should be all encompassing. However, I was never able to commit to being all creative all the time. I found refuge in things that were not creative at all—like mixed martial arts, nerdy political policy podcasts, and running to playlists so horrid anyone considered cool would need a stiff drink to combat how dirty they felt just imagining it (what’s up FloRida?)

In an always “on”, competitive, 24/7 race for more, more, more, it’s important to note that pursuing completely different passions, situations, people, and thought patters away from work, is not just fun, it’s a career booster. With my anecdotal evidence in my back pocket, I was curious to see if there was any science to back this up, and sure enough, there was.

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