Thinking outside the box (also thinking out of the box or thinking beyond the box) is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking. The term is thought to derive from management consultants in the 1970s and 1980s challenging their clients to solve the “nine dots” puzzle, whose solution requires some lateral thinking.
The nine dot puzzle is usually employed to drive home the paradigm shift lesson. You may or not be familiar with. The objective of the puzzle is to connect nine dots arranged squarely in four lines or less. Can you solve the puzzle?
I once attended a business meeting where a reputable speaker spoke on paradigms and how they limit us. His theme was focused on “Thinking outside the Box.” The interesting fact is that boxes abound in all spheres of life. Religion, Business, Education etc. After a wonderful delivery and a standing ovation.
These thoughts have been in my head since.
Every body keeps chanting, think outside the box. And we all alter our thinking based on that.
No body however bothers to ask these questions.
1. Who created the box or where did the box come from?
2. Since humans are creature of habit. Won’t thinking outside the box create another bigger box?
3. Can’t we do away with the box all together and play on level ground?
Here are the answers to the nine dot puzzle. I found the second solution just now.