How can one person "think out of the box?" This should be done
independently, but how? Here's an example: Cut a cake into eight
slices but you have to make no more than three cuts. Most people
will have trouble coming up with a way to cut the cake. But to
solve this, you have to change the way you look at the cake and how
to cut it. One perfect solution is to cut the cake into two equal
sizes and put the other half on top of the other. Cut it again in
half then stack the other half pieces on top of one another and cut
them again. There you go, that's thinking out of the box.
Another example of thinking out of a box is this: Here are four
words... subtract, multiply, add, decrease... Now which one does
not belong to the group? Mostly people would right away say that
the word "decrease" does not belong. Why? Because all the other
three words are mathematical jargons and the latter is not. Well,
that's not thinking out of the box, if you think out of the box, the
answer would be the word "add" since it only has three letters while
all the other have six and more. You could give a lot of right
answers but the one that shows more creativity stands out.
The prevailing component in the way our minds work is inserting some
changes from past experiences and processes. Another good sample is
when you are asked two days that starts with the letter "T". Your
answer would probably be Tuesday and Thursday. Hey, how about
Tomorrow and Today? Well, that is out of the box all right.
Companies try to test a new product and are sure they are getting a
design at a reasonable cost. They look at things in the business
and think that objectives will work just as planned. But these
things sound monotonous already, for they only think using the past
as patterns. Patterns are helpful since they help finish tasks such
as driving, eating or drinking. However, these are the same
patterns that make it hard for people to think out of the box and
create alternative solutions to a dilemma especially when challenged
with unwanted data.
One important move to break the pattern is trying to reverse
patterns, designs or solutions and arouse new interest. Take thing
as they are and turn them inside out, upside down, or simply turn
them around and you'll be surprised with the result. This was Henry
Ford's personal experience. His conventional plan was to just
"bring people to work." He tried to change all this into: "bring
work to the people." This plan generated more revenues.
Another way to bring out other solutions to simple problems and
situations is to not think about the subject. If you want to bring
about something more creative, think not of the part of the problem
itself, rather, think of people or subjects in motion and then use
the abstract formation or design as a stimulus for a new design.
But to think out of the box, never shy away from the fact that some
of your ideas could really be crazy enough. This could break
rigidity of thinking and present a way to sift the harebrained and