As a business owner writing a business blog I focus much of my writing about the practical aspects of our world … success in business, selling, time management, staying healthy so you can be successful and sometimes I focus on “my own” staffing industry.
I also talk about creativity and the need to differentiate yourself from your competition, whether that be another company or an individual competitor for a job.
“We need people who think with the creative side of their brains—people who have played in a band, who have painted…it enhances symbiotic thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning how to kick-start a new idea, or how to get a job done better, less expensively.”… Annette Byrd, GlaxoSmithKline
So, one thought I might plant with this blog entry is that the arts encourage the use of our creative side. By embracing the arts we think differently, and that is a valuable commodity in today’s business world.
Beyond the impact for business, think just for a moment about how the arts affect your life.
Do you enjoy the theatre (when you can)?
Do you listen to music?
Do you like to dance?
Do you enjoy movies?
Do you have paintings on your wall at home, at the office or in places you visit regularly?
Do you get joy from sitting listening to your favorite band while driving in the car, sitting reading a book or just relaxing in your favorite chair with a set of ear phones?
Do you ever wander around an art gallery wondering at the talent that captured these images?
Have you ever been to Rome (or another city steeped in history) and wondered at the detail in the statues everywhere, or maybe visited the Trevi fountain, the Vatican or one of the great churches? Have paintings, statues and other artifacts made you wonder about life in those times?
Have you ever gone to a local bar and listened to some of the up and coming bands?
I spend a lot of “blog space” talking about business … but in my life the arts are also important.
They make me smile.
They make me think.
They make me a better person.
Don’t forget the importance of the arts!
Oh by the way, don’t forget their value in bringing creativity to the business environment!
“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”… Steve Jobs (introducing the iPad 2 in 2011)