I’d also venture to say: get out of your bubble of people you know and get to know people who don’t work in the industry you’re in at all. It’s one of the best things for me — to be around friends who have nothing to do with what I do. We never talk about work, because it’s not the thread we share. When we do, it’s out of pure curiosity of what the person does, because it’s different.
I wrote this originally on an old journal site, toybird.org on September 14, 2005. There’s a bit of contextual talking to the audience at the time (my friends), and so that direction is towards them. The girl is now my wife and we’ve been together for almost a decade.