From Ben Arment's blog...
I don't know about you, but all of my ideas can be traced back to some singular, even obscure, experience in my past.
After dropping out of Reed College in Portland, Steve Jobs worked at an apple orchard called All-One Farm.
This is why you never, ever, ever discount the experience you're going through now. No matter how mundane. No matter how excruciating. It'll spawn something great later on.