How To Think Outside The Box?

Updated: Mar 7, 2019

Thinking Outside The Box is probably familiar to you. Surely you will think the Nine Dots Puzzle. This challenge is connecting the dots by drawing four straight, continuous lines that pass through each of the nine dots, and never lifting the pencil from the paper. The puzzle is easily solved but only if you draw the lines outside the confines of the square area which is defined by the nine dots themselves. According to Wikipedia, thinking outside the box is to think differently, unconventionally or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to a novel, creative and smart thinking. This is sometimes called a process of lateral thought.

It is a system used to solve problems wisely which you think seem difficult and hard to handle. This system is being practised by risk-takers. It is not just by accepting solutions which are already given but also by thinking or finding other alternatives in solving problems. To explain it more clearly, here is the example, you are in the condition that makes you uneasy and uncomfortable, like having a skin disease which is, irritating, itchy and embarrassing. Usually, you will blame this annoying situation to the skin disease visibly seen by your naked eyes. Then initially you will wear clothes to cover it, and you will use skin ointments as common treatments to that skin problem. It is solving a problem base on normal ways and convenience. Do you think it will totally relieve the situation? Thinking Outside The Box is finding the real root or cause of the problem for better and long-term or permanent solution. The smart way is to know and understand the real cause of the problem. In this example, the unhygienic practice gives fungi and bacteria a chance to grow and spread into the skin that causes irritation and disease. The best solution is to kill the fungi and bacteria causing skin problem and practice hygiene.

To simplify, solve problems by using your brain and logical reasoning. It is not just by finding the cause or root of the problem but also by understanding it. Thinking of possible solutions aside from what you already have at hand; thinking of the possible causes and effects. Thinking of the possible advantages and disadvantages of solutions - the consequences and your preparation in facing it.

Thinking Outside The Box or Out-of-the-box thinking requires an openness to new ways of seeing the world and a willingness to explore. Out-of-the-box thinkers know that new ideas need nurturing and support. They also know that having an idea is good but acting on it is more important. Results are what count. It is approaching problems in new, innovative and effective ways.

I will share with you a funny trivia about a "Bee". Bee is one of the busy insects that you will observe in the surroundings. Bee makes a hive and the honey. If you observe this insect closely, you will see that it has a mammoth body and thin and tiny wings. It is astounding that this creature can fly despite having thin and tiny wings. Have you wondered how and why? It is because this creature never thinks that he cannot fly. It is thinking and seeing things beyond your imagination and limitation that would help you become a good problem solver. By mastering this method, you will see your life in a different way. You will absolutely enjoy happiness.


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