James Dunn, Product Marketing Manager
Xerox Office and Solutions Business Group

In a world of information overload, it’s sometimes difficult to stay focused. Distractions are everywhere, but the reality is we need them. Let the useless information slip through your information filter and look for things that inspire you to do something new, modify something current, or reinvest in something old.

If you don’t already have a personal Twitter account, get one and follow local business, technology, and not-for-profit leaders. Twitter has made it easier than ever to connect with people you would otherwise never know or get a chance to speak with. Follow people that make you think, make you laugh, and of course, follow your competition.

Your biggest influences and inspirations will likely come from outside your industry. As Thomas Edison said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

Some of my favorite go-to resources for inspiration and ideas include TED and Kickstarter. I also like Wieden Kennedy. They’re more than just an ad agency. Check out their incubator. I hit Mashable for news, Hipmunk for travel, TechRadar for technology, and TUAW for all things Apple.

What are some of your favorite sites?