How seeing the world through someone else’s perspective can help you find your muse
"CREATIVITY COMES FROM A CONFLICT OF IDEAS."
Sometimes in order to gain new perspective on your creative ideas, you need to step outside your field and view it from another perspective. By donning other hats in your industry or creative fields and seeing the world through another set of eyes, you can broaden your horizons and find new ideas and inspirations.
Wear another hat
Once upon a time there was this king who thought he was doing a pretty good job running his little kingdom but really wanted to know for sure. Since he was the king however, he only got to see things through the perspective of royalty. His advisors only had good and noble things to say about his decisions, and everywhere he went people were always on their best behavior, always bowing and making sure the silver was polished and so on.
So he called up his favorite wizard for advice.
“The problem is that you are going around as king,” The wizard explained, ”Your crown is a dead give away.”
“Obviously,” The king said.
“So why don’t you go around as someone else for a change,” the wizard continued, “Such as a butcher, a baker, or even one of those candle stick making fellows. That way you might be able to see your kingdom through the eyes of one of your subjects.”
The king saw the wizards point. If he were to take off his crown and put on something like the candle stick making fellows cap on instead and maybe even try his hand at the craft, he would be able to see his kingdom through the view of this artisan and maybe realize what could be done to make his kingdom the place you want to visit and get a great looking candlestick. Or, he could put on the cap of a soldier and see what it was really like to patrol the borders of a small kingdom surrounded by a few less than friendly neighbors and gain new insight and inspiration for diplomacy.
By listening to the wizard, the king was able to go about his land and view the kingdom from many different angles. This gave him a better idea on how to run things and helped make his kingdom a bit better. While we are not kings like the fellow in the little story, we too can benefit from the wizards advice when it comes to our creative output. Whether you are a CEO of a big company spending a day making deliveries, or a glass blower spending some time as a glass painter, taking on these roles and allowing yourself to see your job or your craft through a different point of view will undoubtedly help you find new inspiration for the things that you do.
By broadening your horizons, by taking advantage of a company’s open policy or by going out on your own and pursuing a new angle on your craft, you will be opening up a new window to creative inspiration.