7 Ways Drawing Makes You A Better CEO

7 Ways Drawing Makes You A Better CEO

The more I draw the more money I make. And I’m not an artist. I’m the CEO of Webmation and TakeWebOrders. I know it sounds funny. How can doing something creative like drawing make me more money?

Let me explain.

I am a firm believer that even as adults we must cultivate our creative sides. The arts and music have been proven to stimulate our brains and increase academic performance in children. Learning to play an instrument leads to a better understanding of math concepts, while drawing and other visual arts help with language development, coordination and spatial abilities.

In business, I’ve found when you take the time to do an artistic hobby, you get the following seven benefits: 

1. Increases Your Creativity

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You are able to come up with creative ways to expand marketing, sales, team satisfaction and just about every other aspect of your business.

2. Makes You More Innovative

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Your imagination expands and you find that you don’t limit your ideas of what is possible.

3. You Pay More Attention to Detail

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It reminds you to pay attention to the little things and how one action can make a huge impact on the whole project.

4. Keeps You Focused on the Larger Vision

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At the same time, when you are drawing or painting you have to keep the big picture in mind when you are putting down each line. You should always ask: How will doing this task affect our larger company goals?

5. Makes You Process Oriented

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During the day it is easy to multitask too much and hop from one activity to the other. When drawing you can’t do that without ruining the picture. It reminds you to focus on project tasks in the proper order.

6. Increases Your Problem Solving Skills

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You are able to solve problems more quickly and often with outside the box ideas. It is a huge advantage especially when in a hyper competitive market. For example, in my latest startup I found a way to initially bring on quality team members at no salary and without giving up equity. This eliminated the need for me to get outside investors and I still retained 100% control of my company.

7. Reduces Your stress

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It gives you an outlet to decompress while providing a sense of accomplishment at the same time. And when you are less stressed, you are more productive and happy.

I try to do something creative every week. Drawing, painting and photography are my favorite outlets. I’m actually not that great at any of them but I find them fun and I still get the benefits mentioned above.

Now it is your turn. Try to schedule in at least 30 minutes a week for a creative activity. Better yet, make it a family activity and spend quality time with your loved ones instead of just sitting in front of the television together.

Some ideas: Drawing, Painting, Sculpting / Clay, Dance, Musical Instruments, Cooking and Baking, Acting, Improv, Comedy/Stand up, Writing, Crafts, Knitting, Making Model Cars or Airplanes, Legos, and Photography.

Remember the more you do something the better you get. Don’t get discouraged if it takes a while to get good. Focus on enjoying the activity rather than the end result. The benefits you get are huge and you will be shocked when you look back at your progress if you keep at it.

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