If we were to compare the life we live to a box of CRAYONS, unfortunately, a lot of people will settle for a box of only 8 crayons containing the colors … red, yellow, blue, green, orange, brown, purple, and black. But, to be really successful in life and business, we don’t need to limit our options. There is a box of crayons with 24 color choices and even one with 64 color choices … in fact, there are currently 120 crayon color choices: 23 reds, 20 greens, 19 blues, 16 purples, 14 oranges, 11 browns, 8 yellows, 2 grays, 2 coppers, 2 blacks, 1 white, 1 gold and 1 silver…now we are getting somewhere.
If we stay within the confines of 8 colors (limiting our choices), when it comes to deciding what we need to do next and how we need to do it, we will greatly limit our chances to succeed. To be successful, we need to think freely and not be bound by old, limiting rules, policies or practices (limited colors of crayons). If someone were to start a taxi company, I would guess most people would think they need to go buy some taxis. But Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no taxis. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the world’s most valuable retailer has no inventory.
I have heard so many people tell me that they aren’t that creative, imaginative, ingenious, innovative, inventive, original, prolific, visionary, or clever; my response to them is start mixing colors and see what you get. A great chef will come up with a wonderful new recipe by simply adding some different ingredients. World renowned scientist Albert Einstein once stated: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
There are those who hate to hear the overused statement … “you need to think outside the box.” So, for those who don’t like that statement … would it be better to say: “ You need to expand your horizons, think differently, be more creative, think of other possibilities, or consider alternatives?” Here is a statement that will get people looking for more alternatives (crayon colors): “You either figure out another way to do it or you’re fired or we lose or we go bankrupt.” Necessity is the mother of invention and that statement just created some serious necessity.
Eli Whitney was laughed at when he showed the cotton gin.
Edison had to install his electric light free of charge in an office building before anyone would look at it. People scoffed at the idea of railroads. They thought that traveling thirty m.p.h. would stop the circulation of the blood.
Morse had to plead before 10 Congresses before they would even look at his telegraph.
In the early 1980’s, the great consulting firm, McKinsey, forecasted that a worldwide market for mobile telephones would top out at 900,000 by the year 2000. By the year 2000 there were 900,000 people signing up every 3 days.
Research didn’t predict the success of the telephone, radio, television, cable, personal computer, fax machine or mobile phone … unconventional thinking made them happen.
One 3M executive said that more than 50% of their new product innovations in his division came from ideas of complainers … not 3M … but from customers.
Your success is dependent on never confining yourself to one train of thought, one way of thinking, or limiting beliefs. Sometimes, there are different ways to accomplish the same thing; here are 25 ways to do things you may have never thought of. https://goo.gl/yKSvoR
How many crayons are in your box? Most computers display 16.8 million colors to make a full-color picture, so as far as I’m concerned, 120 crayons just got waxed. (no pun intended). Get out of your box, start mixing colors, looking for alternatives, considering possibilities and never discount any idea as nuts. If everything you ever wanted was one step out of your comfort zone (your box) … would you have the courage to take the step? I hope so.
“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit
when there are footprints on the moon.”