Those who study music have known this for years. The discipline and dexterity required to learn a music instrument to intermediate to advanced ability affects the brain such that the performer builds skills useful in areas other than music performance. Fortune Magazine says there’s more evidence that cross-training makes you better at everything you do, while focusing on one basic skill set does not expand your brain.
It’s odd to find an article about cognitive neuroscience in a financial magazine, but the theories of cross-training are applicable to entrepreneurs or anyone who wants to build personal excellence. The Fortune article contains a few examples to illustrate the benefits of satisfying interests in seemingly unrelated activities.
Updated October 27, 2007 and originally published October 26, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.