Have you ever given a riddle to someone who is extremely “smart”? ever meet someone with a high IQ but for some reason has issues solving real life problems? This is a common occurrence where someone who is extremely book smart and logical has trouble with some illogical issues. The more and more I experience life, the more I understand why the $500 Millionaire says, “Life is illogical so being logical can sometimes hold you back.”
Humans like to try and logic out every single thing that happens in their life. They do this because they think they need to understand it in order to cope with it. The problem is you cannot find logic to an illogical event. From tragedies in our community to miracles that just don’t make sense, logic is not always there. It is like when you are trying to sell, you use emotion to get the customer to want the product, and then the customer needs to rationalize the logical reason to buy. How how do you handle illogical issues? The $500 Millionaire suggests that you just need to understand that illogical things happen and instead of wasting your time trying to understand it, see if you can find a way to make more or less of it, depending on the scenario. Some things just don’t make sense…Get over it, and get on with it.
Last night, on the way home, my girlfriend decided to drop another gem on me that almost made me stop the car (Guys, you would be amazed what we can get when we actually listen) Her last gem was one of the most read blogs in the series (https://500dollarmillionaire.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/how-to-solve-long-bathroom-lines/) so hopefully this will also help you.
We were on our way home and she said, “Successful people not only think outside of the box, but they do not even know the box exists.” It was very simple but also profound. I loved that statement and the more and more I thought about that, it was SO true. Real successful people, not just moderate success, but REALLY successful people do not even see the box. It is not because the box is not there, but it is because the box has been stretched SO wide. The success they get is not logical. It is unrealistic and the way they reach their success is usually thought of as crazy to some people…until the reach the success. (watch this great commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt2WedUdqO4)
The concept is easy to understand but again is far from logical. This is not the only way to become successful but we are not talking CEO of a company successful. We are talking change the world successful. Gandhi, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs. Google, Electricity, Cars. These people and these things have changed the world. To reach that success you need to be a bit illogical at sometimes. You might not see it as illogical because when the thought process works, it is genius. When it doesn’t work, you’re crazy.
This is not a natural skill for everyone but it can be learned. The $500 Millionaire always says that my biggest strength is my ignorance to what can and can’t be done. The $500 Millionaire would also say that is not only my biggest strength but can also be my biggest weakness. The $500 Millionaire has instilled in me that creative problem solving is all it takes to be successful but again, it is something that can be learned.
Like any skill set, the best way to learn it and master it, is to practice it. The more you think outside the box, the larger that box gets. As you do it more and more, that box will become almost infinite to the point where, like my girlfriend said, you might not even “see” the box.
But what is in the “box”? The $500 Millionaire says it plain and simple, the box is possible solutions. When you are narrow-minded, or lack experience, or can only think logically, the amount of possible solutions you can think of on your own is very small. The more experience you get, forcing yourself to think outside the box, the bigger that box gets. Eventually the box will get so big, with so many possible solutions, that it will seem like there is no issue that you cannot find a solution. That is when problem solving starts to get fun.
You need to be careful that while being illogical you are not tempting any natural laws of the universe. If you need to know what they are you can look in any science book or bible (they say similar things about natural laws so whichever you believe . There is a ton. All we are saying is that being too logical when you are living in an illogical world will hold you back. You need to understand that you cannot use logic to figure out illogical issues. If you doubt that, next time someone is being illogical (Probably today) try to reason with them. It just doesn’t work.
Here is a good exercise that you can do to test you ability to think outside the box. The First one is to try to draw a house with an “X” in it without picking your Pen off the paper.
The second would be to try to connect all four of these dots, with four straight lines, without picking up your pen
Understanding these will help you understand how to get very good at Creative Problem Solving, the most important survival skill we have.