Are You An Outside the Box Thinker? There’s a Reason There’s a Box

I wrote this for my site a few years ago and thought I’d share it with a wider audience.

How often have you heard someone described as an “out of the box thinker” or heard someone praised for “thinking outside the box?” This is usually considered a compliment. However in a recent conversation with one of my clients who happens to be a world renowned plastic surgeon, I made the statement that forms the title for this article. THERE IS A REASON THERE IS A BOX. I went on to say that I thought most people would do well to really familiarize themselves with the inside of the box. I like to think that the coaches I admire could be described as someone who knows the subject matter “inside and out” vs. someone who thinks outside the box.

Coach John Wooden has a great quote:

“If you spend too much time learning the tricks of the trade, you may not learn the trade.”

There’s a Reason There’s a Box


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2 Responses to “Are You An Outside the Box Thinker? There’s a Reason There’s a Box”

  1. mboyle1959 Says:

    Carlton- you are welcome. Hope you are well.

  2. I really enjoyed this post. Thank you. – Carlton

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