When he isn’t busy working on the company that changed the internet forever, Google co-founder Sergey Brin has some interesting hobbies: ultimate frisbee, springboard diving and flying trapeze, to name a few.
The internet entrepreneur encourages his team to take up fun, physical activities, too. He’s supposedly led Google employees on bonding events at the Circus Center, a training facility in San Francisco where students learn high-adrenaline hobbies like -- you guessed it -- flying trapeze.
Circus sports might seem to have nothing to do with Brin’s day job, but as it turns out, they could be boosting crucial career skills. Because not only are hobbies fun ways to pass the time, they also increase our productivity, creativity, memory and mood.
But we’ve reached a point where hobbies have a bad rap -- the contrast to the grind, aka, what it takes to succeed in business. That’s why it’s important to remind ourselves of the benefits of leisure activities, as well as how to find new hobbies (if we don’t have enough already).
As work became easier, leisure became more important, a trend that would seemingly continue. But since, the nature of work has shifted -- from a need to passion -- and the result is more hours at the office.
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