This story is all about commonly believed that creative thinking—the cognitive processes that bring about novel ideas and objects—is based on thinking “outside of the box.” Creativity is assumed to require that we break away from our knowledge, and use some sort of extraordinary thought process to leap into the unknown.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Thinking outside the box is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking.
In a small Italian town, hundreds of years ago, a small business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan-shark. The loan-shark was a very old, unattractive looking guy that just so happened to fancy the business owner’s daughter.
The businessman daughter
He decided to offer the businessman a deal that would completely wipe out the debt he owed him. However, the catch was that we would only wipe out the debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter.
Needless to say, this proposal was met with a look of disgust.
The loan-shark said that he would place two pebbles into a bag, one white and one black.
The daughter would then have to reach into the bag and pick out a pebble. If it was black, the debt would be wiped, but the loan-shark would then marry her. If it was white, the debt would also be wiped, but the daughter wouldn’t have to marry the loan-shark.
Standing on a pebble-strewn path in the businessman’s garden, the loan-shark bent over and picked up two pebbles.
Whilst he was picking them up, the daughter noticed that he’d picked up two black pebbles and placed them both into the bag.
He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and pick one
Now lets see what happened next
The daughter naturally had three choices as to what she could have done:
Refuse to pick a pebble from the bag.
Take both pebbles out of the bag and expose the loan-shark for cheating.
Pick a pebble from the bag fully well knowing it was black and sacrifice herself for her father’s freedom.
She drew out a pebble from the bag, and before looking at it ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the midst of the other pebbles. She said to the loan-shark;
“Oh, how clumsy of me. Never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”
The pebble left in the bag is obviously black, and seeing as the loan-shark didn’t want to be exposed, he had to play along as if the pebble the daughter dropped was white, and clear her father’s debt.
Moral of the story:
It’s always possible to overcome a tough situation throughout of the box thinking, and not give in to the only options you think you have to pick from.
Some key points
- Definition of think outside the box: To explore ideas that are creative and unusual and that are not limited or controlled by rules or tradition to solve this puzzle, you’ll have to think outside the box.
- 11 Ways to Think Outside the Box
- Study another industry. I’ve learned as much about teaching from learning about marketing as I have from studying pedagogy – maybe more
- Learn about another religion
- Take a class
- Read a novel in an unfamiliar genre
- Write a poem
- Draw a picture
- Turn it upside down
- Work backwards
- Why we need to think out of the box?
Outside the box
By thinking outside the box and questioning the status quo, you’ll constantly be considering how you could improve an experience, product or service. This allows you to keep growing — and can lead to intelligent and forward-thinking decisions in business.