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Everyone talks about ‘thinking outside the box’ . Few know what the box is and fewer are qualified to even be in the box. Yet everyone wants to get outside the box. How is it possible to get outside a box that you’re not even in or do not know about?

Instead of expending energy trying to think outside the box, I’d suggest we start to think about the box, find out what the box is, know its dimensions(breadth, depth, height) and most importantly, know why the box came into being and why it is still in existence.
It is only after these issues have been addressed that we can start talking of thinking out of the box (if there is actually a need for it in the first place). 

I don’t dispute thinking out of the box. The box exists everywhere; in the workplace, in the classroom, in the home, in religious institutions, in relationships etc. In fact, most of the thinking that will save the box will come from outside it. However, we must first start inside the box. Failure to understand the box is why many crusades fail and why many change agents have fallen flat. Thinking outside the box without knowing the box is like attempting to run without learning how to walk and is nothing short of zeal without understanding.

Ifeoluwapo Odedere
© 2013

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