Elizabeth Gilbert's book Eat, Pray, Love is a memoir of self-discovery across continents. Gilbert says that contemplation and travel go hand in hand. "If you are prepared [on your travels] to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself," she says, "then truth will not be withheld from you."
A surprising proportion of Charles Darwin's workday was reserved just for thinking. Darwin's day included early morning walks to clear his head, a few intense hours in his study, followed by lengthy afternoon walks to mull over challenging ideas. He'd finish up for the day in the early afternoon.
Co-founder of investor platform Robinhood, Vlad Tenev, says contemplation has become core to his way of working. “I’ve become much more deliberate about how I spend my time,” he told Entrepreneur.com. “This involves scheduling time in advance to prepare for important meetings and also just to think.”