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Thinking differently can have a powerful and positive effect on your career. As an entrepreneur, here’s why you need to think outside the box and how it can help you get ahead:
QUESTIONING STATUS QUOS IS A GOOD THING
If everyone just accepted things the way they are, then there would never be any innovation or improvement in the world. If Thomas Edison had shrugged and figured things were good enough the way they were with gas lamps, light bulbs and the electricity to power them might never have been developed.
The world can become very small if you’re close-minded. Thinking outside the box can expand your worldview, allowing you to have greater perspective on the events and happenings in your career (and in life). When you’re willing to consider alternative points of view and ways of doing things, you’ll be more open to a variety of different points of view and potential solutions.
Super-successful companies have a different approach to company culture. For instance, consider the fashion retailer Zappos. It offers employee perks like free food, complimentary wellness services and even an on-site shoeshine service.
On the one hand, it would be easy to dismiss these things as a waste of money and a threat to the company’s bottom line.
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When you’re thinking in the box as opposed to outside of it, your career growth can be stunted. When there are a finite number of ways that things can be done also means that there is a limit to what you can achieve.
IT HELPS YOU STAND OUT:
Why be a face in the crowd when you were born to stand out? When you are able to approach your business and career from an out-of-the-box point of view, you are in essence allowing yourself to think differently.
Whether you’re a writer, a trader or the founder of a food truck, one thing is certain: Your career will change over time. Technology, people’s tastes and all sorts of other factors are constantly evolving, and you’ll need to be able to change in kind to remain relevant.