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One Man’s Home Library

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Recently we have explored developing investment and business ideas from unusual sources.

Jay Walker uses his library [4] to help stimulate his business creativity.

Mr. Walker is an “Internet entrepreneur and founder of Walker Digital — a think tank churning out ideas and patents, it’s best-known for its lucrative Priceline.com.”

“‘I started an R&D lab and have been an entrepreneur. So I have a big affinity for the human imagination,’ he says. ‘About a dozen years ago, my collection got so big that I said, ‘It’s time to build a room, a library, that would be about human imagination.'”

“Walker frequently meets with the Walker Digital brain trust in the seating area of the library, hoping to draw inspiration from the surroundings.”

“What excites him even more is using his treasures to make mind-expanding connections. He loves juxtapositions, like placing a 16th-century map that combines experience and guesswork—”the first one showing North and South America,” he says—next to a modern map carried by astronauts to the moon. “If this is what can happen in 500 years, nothing is impossible.”

Obviously you do not need to create anything like this. But it is yet another good example as to how business and investment ideas can be driven from non-traditional sources.

May I suggest that you try to continually expose yourself to new stimuli. Ideas, literature, art. Try new things. You will not like it all. But some will stimulate you and cause you to think outside your current box.

As for Jay Walker, the thought and creativity he exhibited to build this amazing library is incredible.