I’ll always remember a girl who gave a public speech about shopping for men. She was a practicing Christian, on a Christian dating site, picking out men based on hair color, eye color, weight, and height. I was smiling because if I were to choose between a blonde, brunette, and a redhead. 97.9% of the time I would choose blonde or brunette. I’ve always thought redheads, and freckles can be sexy, but they’re not for me.
My girl Jody Lea has the most sun kisses you’ll ever see on a woman, and when I met her she had very red hair! And we had sex all the time.
Guess what else?
Multiple strangers have gone out of their way to tell Jody she is stunning, even when I was standing right beside her. I think the same thing. It’s not just her looks, it’s her personality, and this would go unnoticed if you were searching in the wrong places.
What I’m struggling to understand is why it is so important we put everything INTO a box?
When was the last time you heard anybody say, “Get into a box”
They don’t because everybody is preaching, “Get OUT of the box.”
Hockey players, CEO’s, and even your mamma is saying, “Think outside the box.”
If you’re like me, you simply do what they are saying and forget about the boxes. You go above it all. You go up, and up, and up, until you find yourself in the middle of nowhere. The problem is you are no longer thinking ‘outside the box…’ you ARE outside the box, and that doesn’t always make sense to others.
Now have you ever heard of the term ‘Lateral Thinking’? It was coined in 1967 by physician and inventor Edward de Bono, to describe a kind of out-of-the-box reasoning and critical analysis of scenarios that call for more than just typical step-by-step logic to solve. Lateral thinking is related to creative problem solving and critical thinking, all valuable skills to have, and applicable to more than just creative or scientific endeavors.
According to de Bono, while critical thinking is about examining the pieces in play in any given scenario, lateral thinking is about rejecting the “status quo” of ideas and conceiving entirely new ways of looking at a problem. It’s about bringing new pieces into the puzzle, rather than just working with what you have.
Now I know you want to know, am I- meaning you- a lateral thinker? I’ll tell you right now that I’m not! In fact I only got two of these five upcoming questions right. I was relieved to see the answers because even though I thought I was logically correct… I was simply mistaken.
- Lateral Thinking Question #1
Someone falls out of a thirty-story building, but lives. With luck and their landing pad not being factors, how could they have survived the fall?
- Lateral Thinking Question #2
There are a dozen eggs in a carton. Twelve people each take a single egg, but there is one egg left in the carton. How?
- Lateral Thinking Question #3
A boat has a ladder that’s ten feet long, and hangs off the side of the boat, with its last two feet submerged in water. If the ocean tide rises five feet, how much of the ladder will be underwater?
- Lateral Thinking Question #4
A man fell off a smuggling boat into deep water. He could not swim and he was not wearing anything to keep him afloat. It took 30 minutes for the people on the boat to realize someone was missing. The missing man was rescued two hours later on the return trip. Why didn’t he drown?
Hint: he managed to float by himself despite the fact he could not survive in a pool without holding onto something.
- Lateral Thinking Question #5
Five pieces of coal, a carrot and a scarf are lying on a hill near a remote house. Nobody put them on the lawn but there is a perfectly logical reason why they should be there. What is it?
Hint: they’ve been lying around awhile.
Now I can’t just give you the answers so easily. Give the above questions good thought, and then Take A Peek At The Answers: Click Here!
One More Question:
A man buys rice at $1 a pound from American growers and sells them at $0.05 a pound in India. As a result of this he becomes a millionaire. How come?
Hint: this could really happen, and has happened in one form or another.
Booya, Ok, I’ll give you the answer to this one. The man is a philanthropist who bought great quantities of rice to sell to poor people at prices they could afford. He started out as a billionaire, but lost so much money in his good works that he became a millionaire!
I started getting into lateral thinking during a public speaking seminar to 11 year old ESL students. I was having a tough time breaking through when I asked, “Do any of you know a joke?”
A little boy put his hand up, and I invited him to the front of the room. In his bravest voice he said, “A man wakes up in the middle of the desert, and he only has a backpack. What’s in the backpack?”
10 little hands went up, and kids started guessing all kinds of things. One girl said, “The fairy godmother put him there for being bad!”
Soon everybody was puzzled and the boy said, “A parachute.”
For the next 90 minutes those kids blew me away with the number of riddles they had remembered. I started repeating the riddles to adults, and its fun.
Getting back to my rant about boxes, I think it’s strange when people tell you to ‘get outside the box,’ when they are just stuck in another box anyway?
Look, I would never tell you to ‘get out of the box’ because leaving one box for another is like saying the grass is greener. It’s usually not. Besides, you don’t want to be stuck in my box filled with sunshine and rainbows, when you can fill your own box with sunshine and rainbows, do you?
Excellent, and I know what you’re thinking, “Will these lateral thinking questions fill me with sunshine and rainbows?”
Yes they will!
And I know you want be even more influential, right?
Well then, you might be interested in the 37 more questions I’ve compiled for your brain. Some of the questions frustrated the heck outta me!! But you are probably already aware of the fact that it’s more fun watching others get frustrated. That’s why I suggest you memorize 5 of your favourites, and repeat them back to friends, kids, and coworkers.
In the words of Mr Thomas Edison, “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
Excellent, now just tell me how many questions you got right in the comments, and then all your dreams will come true.