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What if we told you that pursuing a creative hobby or passion project would actually make you better at your day job?
Research shows that the best teachers actively engage in personal, creative pursuits outside of the classroom — and the creativity they generate from those pursuits is actively transferred to their students back in the classroom.
We’re willing to bet the same would apply to coworkers in the workplace.
So go ahead and make time for that pottery-making class you’ve been eyeing or that creative-writing blog you’ve been wanting to start. These six success stories prove it’s worth the time.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again — Warren Buffett is a titan. After all, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO and chairman has been investing since he was just 11 years old.
When he isn’t busy dominating the business world and acting as an all-around investment guru, he’s — wait for it — strumming away on his ukulele. Check out this video of him performing a duet with Bon Jovi if you need any further proof of his musical chops.
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If we’ve learned anything about Taylor Swift in the last few weeks, it’s that she’s the ultimate multitasker.
When she’s not belting out hits in sold-out football stadiums with her #ModelSquad at her side, she’s changing the minds of billion-dollar executives, breaking VEVO records, and making generous donations to fans in need.
But wait — add one more thing to T-Swift’s resume: In her spare time, she’s a serious crafter. Some of her best work? A Drake-inspired needlepoint for bestie Ed Sheeran, mason-jar snow globes, and red, white, and blue desserts.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is a techie through and through: Before taking on the role of chief executive officer, Nadella spearheaded the development of the multinational tech company’s cloud infrastructure.
When he’s not working, however, you’ll catch him reading poetry. Oftentimes he’ll even pull his favorite inspirational quotes to include in the next employee email, like this one from poet Rainer Maria Rilke: “The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.”