8. Get your head out of tech (to be truly inspired)
Inspiration and insight can come from anywhere. And if there’s anything I’ve learned about technology, it’s that you have to turn off the machines sometimes to truly understand them.
For example, writing science fiction helped me realize something hiding in plain sight about writing software: You imagine something that doesn’t exist, and then work backwards from first principles to figure out how it might be possible.
Here, reading is essential. And not just tech news and nerd magazines. Business, finance, fiction, non-fiction, biographies -- your mind always expands when you expand your sphere of knowledge.
Plus, reading (and writing) helps you learn how to organize your work, present ideas, express thoughts clearly and succinctly, and observe and improve yourself in the workplace.