Any management consultant worth his/her salt has used the saying, "think out of the box" a time or two when speaking, working with clients, etc.
For some reason, this image (which I saw on Facebook today) made me wonder -- What happens when everyone adopts a certain perspective that was once considered "unconventional wisdom?" Does it become conventional wisdom?
Don't get me wrong, I have used this saying myself along with countless others when trying to make a point. After reading the Discipline of Market Leaders, I began using the term "value proposition" the next day. After reading Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future, I adopted the term "paradigm shift." After reading Only the Paranoid Survive, I incorporated the term "inflection point" in all my presentations. I could go on and on...
With this in mind, I would like to offer an unconventional view of what now seems like a rather conventional dose of wisdom, which is this...
When everyone is looking outside the box for inspiration, maybe it's time to look INSIDE!
If you have a box of rocks, get rid of it.
If you have a box of wisdom, share it.
If you have a box of books, read them.
If you have a box of tools, fix something.
If you have a box of crayons, color something.
If you have a box of recipes, feed someone.
If you have a box of chocolates, eat some.
And, if you are lucky enough to have a box of love, be kind to someone.