Challenge Yourself the Google Way

Google leaves a small one page document in the bathrooms of their engineering building that is designed to spark curiosity. A person can’t help but pick it up and see what’s on it. Most of it is too complicated for the average person, but it works to spark an engineer’s mind to think in a new direction. Planting a little seed can spur great ideas.

We need to challenge ourselves at our jobs. We get complacent and even irritated when we have to do something new. Instead of looking at it as an opportunity, we complain. We just need to be open to new problems because they create the most potential for professional growth.

One of the reasons why children are so loved is because they have the ability to challenge us and open our minds to new ways of looking at the world. We may get irritated and frustrated, but we keep on loving them because of the potential that they possess. If we can give a tiny portion of this mindset to our work, we can extract joy from our jobs that we never thought possible.

Next time you are using the bathroom, try utilizing that time to dig into your imagination.  Try finding ways to become more compassionate to an annoying co-worker. If you are in sales try imagining an object you are selling as a 3D entity that you can spin around at will. This might not spark your mind to come up with a brilliant plan, but if you keep planting that seed something good will come from challenging yourself to think in new ways. 

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I'm a huge fan of personal growth and I love a guy who tells you that he doesn't have it all figured out. None of us do. That's why I enjoy Jonathon's blog Illuminated Mind.
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