I watched a series of TED talks recently, one began with a quote from Flaubert:
“Be boring and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
I watched another TED talk about how leaving the internet made someone…bored.
Boredom, I think, is something that leads to beautiful things.
Case in point: my first book of 2017, written by my co-author, David Borst. He emailed me a while ago and said he was bored. That led to discussing how to collaborate on a project, and then, a book. (Actually, 2 books in one.)
The other day, I was bored, and so I started thinking of podcasts I could do for Pharmacy Podcast. Bam! I got a great idea for a series, that I’m now working on – hopefully, I can pull it off for our listeners, so I can deliver some kick-dupa content.
I do live a pretty boring, routine life. It’s not half as exciting as others might make it out to be. But, I think moving forward, I need to foster and grow my boredom, because it can lead to amazing stuff.
The next time you’re bored, monitor yourself. Is that when the great ideas pop into your head? If so, welcome boredom. Don’t shun it. Because it could lead you to your next very best thing.