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Friday, May 4, 2007

Don't Be the Box

I read an article by D. Keith Robinson today titled "Don't Be the Box", and it was right on cue for the way I've kinda felt today.

Here's a little excerpt that I really relate to:
"It can be horribly stifling to define yourself by those rules, guidelines, prejudices and constraints that surround you. When you become the box you lock yourself into a way of thinking that doesn’t allow you to adapt at all.

Have you ever worked with someone who questions everything, or someone who sees everything though one very narrow point of view? What about someone who has to have everything around them defined for them? These kind of people have become the box, and it’s not a healthy way to work. For them, or for their coworkers. Especially when creativity is involved."

We have all known and likely worked with these type of people, and I really encourage you not to let them be road blocks to your goals and ultimate success. Also, don't be the box that constrains other people's passions either. I love some of the quotes from George Bernard Shaw, and a couple of them that come to mind here are:

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them."

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