How to REALLY think outside the box

When you’re a kid, the best Christmas present in the world is a cardboard box. It doesn’t matter what expensive, complicated toy is in it, any self respecting child under the age of 3 will throw the Massive Monster Mayhem goodies aside and transform the cardboard shell into a spaceship or a castle or… a space castle!

We see packaging. They see endless possibilities.

At last night’s event, the compelling speaker and doughnut economist, Kate Raworth, makes the magical observation that:

The world’s most ingenious people turn boundaries into the source of their creativity. From Mozart on his five-octave piano, Jimi Hendrix on his six-string guitar, Serena Williams on a tennis court, it’s boundaries that unleash our potential.

“I’ll make a change when I have more,” we think. More money, more resources, more time. We think resources have to be limitless for us to be limitless. But what if limits aren’t telling us what we can’t do… they’re asking us to play?

Limitations are cardboard boxes asking to be castles.

I didn’t live in a home with a bathroom until I was 9 years old but we never felt poor. My mother used all her imagination and creativity to get us access to books, education… the opera! She turned the cardboard box of poverty into the castle (with turrets and a moat!) of formidable tenacity.

It’s easy to get scared of ‘not enough’… not talented enough, not wealthy enough, not confident enough. But what if these ‘boundaries’ are your strength? What if the very thing that you think holds you back wants to set you free?

And what if your creativity has been waiting until today for you to notice what it’s offering you… the ability to step outside the box, look at it differently and make your life and the world a better place?

No more excuses… Transform one of your limitations into a possibility today.

The Landfill Harmonic: a film about people turning trash into music; about love, courage and creativity

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Lexi (Suzanna's best mate) says:

    Hi Shao, I am a friend of Suzanna and she is showing me your posts. Suzanna says Hi, she is next to me. I wanted to reply. I just want to let you know that my friend is a changed woman now. I used to dread coming to her house recently but now I cant wait to see her and family.
    The things she told me about what happened to her a couple of weeks ago, meeting an angel and talking sense into her and then your posts makes me speechless. Shao, I thought we was going to lose her several times because of how low she went. You have bought her back and better than ever.
    Thankyou to you and the angel she met. You both are angels making people better as you go along.


    1. Shâo says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Lexi. It’s a beautiful thing to see the angel in everyone. You are doing it too and every time you do, you make someone better.


  2. Adebomi Salu says:

    Amazing 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
    Love Courage Creativity!!!
    …making ‘music’ out of ‘nothing’
    I am inspired 🙌🏾
    These are stuff kids in schools in our western world should be taught or shown, instead….hmmm


    1. Shâo says:

      Yes, yes, yes! We need more creativity and freedom of imagination in schools!! Make your music, Lady B… I’ll be dancing away to it!


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