You have probably heard the catchphrase, “Thinking outside the box” to describe looking further beyond the obvious…the unexpected. For some it might just be a phrase, but for me it is how I approach many things in my life. Most times it is not the easiest way to go, but creating your own path which is oh, so much more rewarding.
Another trait I have is finding out the origin of things and where they came from. I think it is important to find out the meanings of things first, then put a new spin on it but stay true to the objective or goal.
Here is a article talking about the origin of this popular phrase. It writes about how management consulting firms in the 1960s and 70s started challenging their clients to solve the “nine dots” puzzle, where the solutions requires some lateral thinking.
Read the full article here or if you are up for the challenge, do the “nine dots” puzzle and see how this simple exercise challenges your mind into thinking differently and not the obvious choices…