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They say that when you walk past a bunch of stores, the barber will notice your haircut, the tailor your clothing, and the cobbler your shoes. Point is, you see what you want and observe what interests you.
So it is not surprising that I read a long article by Adam Bryant about Brian Halligan, the CEO of HubSpot—filled with interesting observations about entrepreneurial roles, managing people, and how he hires—and I end up remembering his thoughts on napping and creativity.
That’s because I am an acolyte of the practice; even before it was fashionable, or at least acceptable, I found naps to be refreshing and recharging. As I get older, it gets easier and easier to catch a few winks…no hammocks, couches or darkened rooms necessary. (And I can spend my siesta trying to figure out why “catch a few winks” means to take a nap.)
Mr. Halligan talks about installing a nap room at HubSpot, and gives this interesting reason why: “In a given month, I do a lot of very mediocre stuff, but once in a while I come up with a really good idea. Maybe I’ll come up with two a month. These two inevitably happen when I’m either falling into a nap, or coming out of a nap…”
Aside from having to admire a CEO who admits to doing a lot of mediocre stuff, I must admit that it often seems to work out that way. So pay no attention to your colleagues who might greet your attempts at naps with derisive comments about your laziness and lack of energy. Just see who is the one generating the freshest thinking to your company.
Got the idea?