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What does it mean to think outside the box? How do you do it and what can it do for you? This metaphorical catchphrase has the potential to add a new perspective over more common and conventional thinking practices. It means approaching problems in new and innovative ways. Understanding your position in relation to ways you have not thought of before.

A great place to start, is to learn what factors might be prohibiting you. Fear of failure usually tops the list, followed by making assumptions and an over-reliance on logic. Try keeping an open mind and trusting your intuition. This will allow you to come up with creative solutions by pushing yourself out of the comfort zone. Stop thinking within the lines – move beyond, stretch that mental muscle.

Thomas Edison developed an unrestrictive style of thinking and inquiry, proving things to himself through objective examination and experimentation. The electric light system was more than just the incandescent lamp, or “light bulb.” Edison also designed a system of power plants that make the electrical power and the wiring that brings it to people’s homes. Imagine all the things you “plug in.” What would your life be like without them? What if Edison hadn’t thought outside of the box; not only would we be living in the dark, but so might our imaginations.

Edison also became the first to project a motion picture and developed a method of recording sound and play back with the phonograph. He knew that having a good idea was not enough. It takes hard work to make dreams into reality. When referred to being a genius, Edison liked to say, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” With 1093 patents to his credit, he proved to be one the most savvy and critical thinkers of his time.

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"Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way." Edward de Bono