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When someone uses that trite expression of telling you to think outside the box, how are you supposed to know what the box is?

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A successful funeral parlour operator should always think INSIDE the box

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I prefer to push the envelope.

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Is it trite? It's often associated with the nine-dot puzzle (link below). I remember struggling with that and then cursing myself when I saw the solution. So I guess "the box" is whatever you are currently focused on, and if struggling, it may be worth expanding your view.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_dots_puzzle

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What the box is, is for you to learn.

Know the boundaries - then challenge.

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Pandora’s, who else’s?

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When someone uses that trite expression of telling you to think outside the box...

...I think was this person educated in the '70s and never learned anything new?

This term is so outdated, maybe try stepping into this millennium. Any time I hear someone use this term, my level of respect for them drops a notch.

And a quick Google shows me others feel the same:

* https://www.inc.com/john-brandon/why-phrase-think-outside-of-box-should-be-permanently-retired.html

* https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckswoboda/2020/08/03/why-thinking-outside-the-box-is-the-wrong-way-to-approach-innovation/

* https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-telling-someone-think-outside-box-never-works-hiroshi-mikitani/

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Ive never been told to think outside the box but if i would id like freeze and then think what are they talking about?

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Brainbox

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Jack-in-the-box.

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