On a cold winter’s day, when the wind is blowing snow at 70mph, there’s nothing like one of those fur-trimmed hoods you can pull over your head.
(Not real fur, of course. That’s cruel.)
The hood protects your face from the ravages of the wind. The snow encrusts the fur of the hood, but it leaves your nose un-froze.
The trouble with these hoods, however, is that they make it hard to see out.
You can look straight ahead, but unless you turn your head, you’ve got blind spots to the left and right.
You get a picture of the world through a one-foot-square frame of fur.
I’m going to suggest that, for many of us – especially when we’re working hard, maybe building our business – we see the world through this frame.
We’re so zoomed in on our task – we’re so focused on our computer screen – that we don’t notice the rest of the world.
And that’s a shame.
Because if you want to find answers, get ideas… feel truly creative… it pays to zoom out.
It makes sense to rip that hood off and get the full perspective.
That’s why reading a book can give us ideas. Or going for a walk. Or even just moving away from our screen and looking out of the window.
Often, answers to our problem aren’t found by looking at the problem. They instead pop up when we’re thinking about something else… or nothing at all.
When we stare at the world through a fur-lined frame, all we see is what’s in the frame.
Take the hood off and we get a full landscape of perspective.