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Think outside of the box

We’ve all heard it before: Think outside of the box. But sometimes it’s good to see a visual cue in our environment that reminds us to do this more frequently. That’s why I created this piece (and Maxims 4 Mavericks).

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As it turns out, pigs can fly… (funny pic)

You see, it’s not a question of whether a pig has wings but rather if a pig can be placed in something that has wings. A minor difference with big implications — but an excellent example re-framing rhetoric that re-frames what is possible.

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Ideas can’t grow in captivity

To protect ourselves from possible embarrassment, ridicule, or judgement, we often live life with a psychological lampshade. We hide our most audacious, crazy (and often most important) ideas from the world. But ideas can’t materialize when held captive in our minds. In fact, ideas multiply in value when they are freed, shared, talked about, and tested.

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Assume the opposite

Too easily and too often we assume our perspectives are the best, most logical, and perhaps only way to interpret the world. But this train of thought is not only fallacious, but perilous. We shut doors of opportunity and growth that we didn’t even know existed. The challenge we face is identifying our own impartial views.

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The obvious harbors opportunity

What is ‘obvious’ to one person may not be to another – but we often assume it is. This leads to a lot of unexploited opportunity. What a shame. For example, we often assume: What is is obvious to us is obvious to everybody What is obvious gets the most attention What is obvious has…

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Deviate to create

Doing what we’ve always done leads to reproduction not creation. Developing something new and novel requires a new path, a new approach, and a new way of thinking… a departure from the established course. Not sure where to begin? Find the common path and venture in a different direction. Even the word Adventure, in essence,…

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Distance changes circumstance

Solving problems is all about getting closer to the issue, right? Not necessarily. We often assume that those most familiar and most knowledgeable about a problem are the best people to solve it. Ironically, however, many insights do not result from increased research or more time spent analyzing. Sometimes it takes an outsider with a…

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