We’ve all been in that meeting where the team was encouraged to “think outside the box.” The problem is that we’re creatures of habit and most of us prefer the comfort of familiar routines. Thinking outside the box can mean challenging long-held beliefs. It’s about answering “These are our best practices” not with a nod but with a raised eyebrow.
Companies often avoid risks that could have a negative effect on their profits, even when there are plenty of success stories to illustrate that some risks not only pay off, they pay off big. Steve Jobs was fired by the board of directors of the company he founded. But later, after Apple bought the NeXT operating system his team created, Jobs went on to become the CEO of Apple and stocks rose 9,000 percent under his leadership.
Despite the chance for failure and rejection, risks are essential for growth on a personal and business level. And yet, although we’re often told we should think outside the box, we’re rarely told how.
The desire to climb the tallest mountain is among the most significant things somebody can possess. It is what enables people to adapt, think creatively, and resolve issues that crop up in daily life. High thinking also keeps you young in the soul rather than just the physical sense. You have a unique perspective on life because you do not confine your imagination to what is possible in reality.
#1 At the highest level of parenting
#2 When the presence of savvy and the absence of fear come together:
#3 “My dog has been putting his head under the pillow against the light so he could sleep. I thought of a better solution.”
#4 A tight fitting boot enhances the natural curvature of the pipe
#5 “Turn, but really slowly…”
#6 The solution to an eternal problem has been found
#7 ’’My mom is always complaining about the smell in my teenage brother’s room. She walked in his room to find his solution.’’
#8 Anti-theft system
#9 “Ran out of clips? Use an old glasses case.”
#10 Another function of binder clips