People often use the expressions ‘think outside the box’ or ”think out of the box’. Some may say these phrases may be a bit cheesy (!). But actually, the principle of ‘thinking differently’ is exceptionally important in the areas of ¬†creativity and innovation. And often it’s the only way to increase your competitive edge, increase your success – and swell your bottom line.

TIP 1 – DIFFERENTIATE OR DIE!

Here’s one of the most potent and simple ways you can action how to think outside the box. First, thoroughly find out what’s currently being done in the business or life area you’re interested in. Then, do something different. If you offer people something that is slightly better, funnier, more engaging or helpful, you’ll immediately have an edge over everyone else in the market. One great way to find out what is going on in a certain industry is to visit Trade Fairs – they are an exciting and concentrated snapshot of a certain area of business. Wander around and see what’s missing or what could be done better…

TIP 2 – REVISIT SUCCESSES FROM 30 YEARS AGO

Each generation of humans experiences certain success stories. Often, great product concepts, marketing ideas or ways of getting success can be reversioned to fit today’s new technology. Trends are often cyclical. So, if you want to get some inspiration for some new ideas, look at what was successful ten, twenty or thirty years ago. Then, check if there’s anything like it around now. If there isn’t, then you may be able to repackage it for a brand new generation who will find it new and exciting.

So, make sure you know how to think outside the box.

Hope those tips help and Happy Out Of The Box-ing Day!